Getting paid after a workplace injury is one of the main client concerns that we encounter on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, Dublin’s traffic-choked streets are a recipe for road traffic accidents and as a result traffic accident claims. Accident’s involving everything from cyclists, to car drivers to light commercial vehicles are an almost daily occurrence.
The most common lie victims of personal injury are told is that they don’t need a personal injury solicitor.
Scarring to arm injury case settles for undisclosed sum
Most employers will have insurance in place to cover any accident at work personal injury claim
Decent employers will cover your wages, but they are not legally obliged to do so.
Your health is your wealth. Always go to hospital if you have been injured as a result of an accident at work.
We specialise in assisting clients who have suffered injury as a result of an accident at work. We deal with such clients in all parts of Dublin, Swords and all over Ireland.
We are now going to post a series of blogs dealing with common concerns that clients face when they first call their personal injury solicitor to discuss their claim for personal injury.
There are chancers in all walks of life, people trying to make a quick buck.
If you were in an accident and you were not hurt, or you are laying it in a bit thick - we do not want to hear from you. We want to help people who have genuinely been hurt in an accident who need legal help.
There is a lot of debate raging in Ireland at present about insurance payouts. The insurers are tightening down on fradulent claims, and rightly so. The fradulent claims make the headlines whenever they are caught out. Negative headlines and press puts off the people who are genuine from pursuing justice.
If you have been genuinely hurt as a result of the negligence of a third party then do not be out off by negative press.
We assist individuals in Dublin and all over Ireland who have suffered personal injury.
We are not a 9-5 law firm. We understand that clients may need a Solicitor at any time for advice.
We are on standby 24/7 to provide help. Our office is open Monday - Friday 9-5, but outside of these times you can still contact us. All office calls over the weekend and in the evenings are diverted through to our staff's mobiles.
This weekend was a good example. Below is a log of all calls and enquiries we handled:
Friday night - a call from a new client who suffered an accident at work. We handled all details over the phone, and a meeting was arranged for today (Monday).
Saturday morning - a call from a lady who needs a will drafted. We only deal with personal injury law, but we gave her the number of a local reputable firm.
Saturday afternoon - an existing client called for an update on his case. This was done right away and he was very happy with the update on his case.
Sunday morning - A man called who was involved in a motorcycle accident. We gave him an idea of what is involved in taking a case and we await to see if he will proceed.
This is a fairly standard weekend for us.
Clients can also text us on our 24/7 mobile 0858818857. Clients can also email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rogers Personal Injury Solicitors have recently secured a settlement for a client in the sum of €110,000.00.
The client was cycling her bicycle safely and legally along the side of a main road, when the driver of a car spun off the road and collided with our client. Our client suffered severe injuries to her jaw and face.
We carried out a home visit with the client and started the case. Liability was denied by the third party insurers, therefore Court proceedings were issued in the High Court. The case was listed for a Trial in July, however settlement talks were recently held and a settlement figure was agreed in the sum of €110,000.00. The client was delighted with the figure and she was also happy that she did not have to go to Court.
The case highlights the dangers that cyclists in Ireland (and especially in large cities such as Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick) face on a daily basis. If you come off a bike you have no airbags, it is just you and the tarmac.
This particular client was lucky in that her injuries could have been a lot worse. She was extremely shaken up after this accident and there is a chance that she will never use a bicycle again.
She was delighted with the level of service that she received from Rogers Solicitors. From the initial home visit right through to settlement we explained the process clearly and put her at ease throughout the claims process.
A recent survey by one of the world’s leading transport data firms -- INRIX -- confirmed what every Dublin motorist has known for years. Dublin is one of the worst cities in the world for traffic. Based on data gathered during a massive worldwide survey, it was estimated that the average Dublin commuter -- going through the gauntlet that is inner city Dublin at peak times -- spends an average of 246 hours sitting in traffic, per year!
The short answer is no. But the decent employers will cover your wages. Others will not!
About 15% of personal injury cases submitted with the Injuries board in Ireland relate to accidents at work. Around 70% of cases submitted to the Injuries board relate to car accident cases.
Today Rogers Personal Injury Solicitors Dublin settled a case at the Four Courts in Dublin. The case was a road traffic accident.
The circumstances were all too familiar - Elaine was driving along the N11 motorway from from her place of work in Cabinteely (Dublin 18). Traffic had grinded to a halt.
Suddenly Elaine's car was hit from behind by a third party. This is your typical "rear end shunt case." Insurance details were swapped at the time, but the Garda did not attend, even though were asked to.
Much to Elaine's annoyance, she received a telephone call from the third party insurer after making initial contact with them. The third party insurers informed Elaine that liability for the accident was denied. No reason was given for this. Unbelievably, Elaine had rear end dash cam footage which showed the accident. It could not have been clearer.
Elaine suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck and lower back, these were typical "whiplash" injuries. Elaine was forced to have her care repaired through her own insurer in light of the denial of liability.
Elaine then contacted Rogers Personal Injury Solicitors Dublin, after seeing their website and noting that they regularly act in car accident personal injury cases. One of our team called out to visit Elaine in her home. A report outlining Elaine's injuries was compelled by Elaine's GP and the case was submitted into PIAB.
The case exited PIAB after 90 days as the their party insurers denied liability. In such cases PIAB will not assess a claim - this only happens if the third party insurer consents to this.
The next stage was to issue Court proceedings. This was done within a matter of weeks and the case commenced in Dublin Civil Circuit Court. Around 3 months later Rogers Solicitors received a call from the Third Party Solicitors inviting us to settlement talks at the Four Courts in Dublin, to which we accepted.
After about an hour a settlement figure was agreed. Elaine was happy to have the case settled. However she was understandably upset that liability had been denied in the first instance and that Court proceedings had been necessary.
Simon suffered an injury to his back in 2016. He was working in a supermarket in Blanchardstown (Dublin 15). The supermarket chain is one of the largest in Ireland and there are several of these across Dublin. Part of Simon's job was unload deliveries into the warehouse as they arrived from lorries.
Unfortunately Simon never received any manual handling training. A delivery arrived to the store and part of it was a batch of washing machines. The washing machines were left outside the warehouse to be moved onto pallets, and transported to their place in the warehouse. The other warehouse worker had called in sick that day, meaning that Simon had no choice but to life these onto a pallet on his own. The machines were large, bulky and heavy.
Simon pulled ligaments in his back, and he immediately seized up. To cut a long story short, Simon still has a sore back today and needed physiotherapy for 12 months.
A friend of Simon's suggested that he contact, as we have a very good reputation in Dublin for accident at work personal injury cases. We pursued Simon's case successfully and he was awarded a substantial sum of compensation. The case took around two years to settle. Liability was admitted by the store's insurers, however we advised Simon to reject the PIAB assessment as it was much too low, and his loss of earnings were still ongoing at that stage.
High Court personal injury proceedings were issued at Dublin High Court. The case settled without the need to attend a Trial, which Simon was delighted about.
After the case settled, Simon called into our offices in Trinity Street (Dublin 2) to personally thank the staff who dealt with his case. Simon was really pleased with the service he received throughout and how was updated every step of the way.
Workplace accidents happen. If you are unlucky enough to have suffered a workplace injury, then we are happy to assist and provide the level of service that we provided to Simon.
As one of the leading Personal Injury Solicitors in Dublin, we know that clients will need legal advice fast.
We have a 24/7 mobile on 0858818857.
You can call, text or whatsapp us on this any time and we will do our best to help.
Enjoy your weekend.
A recent survey by one of the world’s leading transport data firms -- INRIX -- confirmed what every Dublin motorist has known for years. Dublin is one of the worst cities in the world for traffic.
Here is a good example of what we specialise in at Rogers Personal Injury Solicitors Dublin.
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about PIAB.
The link below is a guide that we have written to make the process clear and in plain English.
If you require assistance with such a case, then please get in touch and we will be delighted to assist.
We specialise in Personal Injury Law. We serve clients in Dublin and all over Ireland. This is our niche. We like to think that we offer a good service and treat ur clients well. We are nice people too (we think anyway!).
However, the public can be a tad confused when it comes to choosing a personal injury solicitor in Dublin.
Thankfully lots of people will never have had to use a Solicitor in their lives. If you need a Personal Injury Solicitor we suggest you ask yourself the following questions before you decide which law firm to use:
Does the firm specialise in personal injury law?
Has anyone you know ever used this firm before? Does the firm have good online reviews?
Does the firm have a good website? Do they seem to know their stuff?
If you are unsure about using a firm we suggest that you make contact with the firm. You will instantly get a feel for the firm and this will help you make up your mind.
Bernard was working as a welder at a large manufacturing plant in Tallaght, Dublin 24. On 23rd August 2015 a large and heavy metal container fell from a work bench and landed on Bernard's right ankle. Bernard suffered a nasty fracture and spent two night in Tallaght Hospital and he was out of work for six months.
Jane was driving her car from her home in Clontarf in Dublin 3 to work in Dublin City Centre. She was waiting at traffic lights and her car was stationary. Suddenly and with no warning she heard a massive bang, her airbags were deployed and she smashed into the car in front. The car was full of dust from the airbags for a few seconds.
There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding the use of the drug ‘Lariam’ with the Defence Forces and other military divisions. Lariam was used as an anti-malarial drug for soldiers serving overseas. However, the side effects of this drug have been increasingly linked to severe psychiatric symptoms suffered by many service men and women who have been deployed overseas with the Defence Forces.
The run up to Christmas is always the busiest time of year with a surge of demand for temporary staff particularly in the retail department but also for factory work. The issue we at Rogers Solicitor have witnessed come up time and time again is the amount of workplace accidents that occur at this time of year.
Choosing a Personal Injury Solicitor in Dublin is not easy. To start with, it means that you will have endured an accident and suffered an injury! Choosing a Personal Injury Solicitor in Dublin can be daunting as there are so many firms to choose from, and everyone who you speak with will have their own opinions on who to choose, who to avoid etc.
Each and every employer in Ireland is responsible for the health and safety of their employees. This is governed by statute and is a very clear and very obvious concept. The insurance is in place to cover the costs of any claims that will be made by an employee against an employer in the event of an accident that was caused by the negligence of the employer.
Rogers Solicitors recently secured another substantial High Court Settlement in relation to an accident at work claim. Our client suffered a nasty fracture to her ankle as a result of defective work equipment falling onto her ankle. It was argued by us that her employer was negligent and in breach of their duty of care towards their employee.
From our experience, many people sustain finger injuries in work and they can occur from a vast array of situations that are completely unexpected. If you injure your finger whilst at work, you should seek medical help immediately as delays could have a negative long term impact on the recovery of your finger.
There are thousands of parks across Ireland that we use as a means for leisure. Unfortunately, these parks have also lay claim to victims who suffered injuries as a result of negligent maintenance and upkeep of these parks. According to figures released by the four administrative councils in Dublin, from 2011 to 2016, more than €4 million has been award to victims in compensation from accident in these parks.
Rogers Solicitors recently settled a case in the sum of €60,000.00 at the High Court in Dublin following a very nasty accident at work.
If you wish to pursue a personal injury claim in Ireland, your solicitor will have to submit your case with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). This is a body that regulates personal injury claims in Ireland with the intention of reducing the number of cases going to court. The statistics for 2015 have recently been released and has produced a number of interesting points regarding the type of accidents suffered by people in Ireland.
Road traffic accidents in Dublin are a common occurrence with as many as 17 fatalities stemming from road traffic accidents in Dublin in 2015. However, this is a decrease when compared to the 29 fatalities the previous year which is a positive enforcement of safer roads. The number of injuries sustained from road traffic accidents is significantly higher in Dublin with an astounding 1,974 people injured from road traffic accidents in 2012.
On Friday a High Court Settlement was reached in the sum of €165,000 following a workplace accident in March 2014. The Plaintiff sustained life changing injuries during the course of his employment with a major international airline after he slipped on grease that was negligently present on the floor of the aircraft during disembarkment at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport.
Construction sites are extremely dangerous places of work and require rigorous health and safety training and inspections to ensure it is safe to visit and work on. Unfortunately, the level of fatalities in the construction industry remains consistent with 3 fatalities in Ireland already reported for 2017. However, if you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident at work on a building site, then we will list out the things that you should do in order to help secure compensation for your injuries.
A substantial amount of cases that we deal with here at Rogers Solicitors are road traffic accidents, particularly rear end collisions. According to figures from the Injuries Board, these are by far the most common type of Personal Injury claim pursued in Ireland.
In personal injury cases, the burden of proof rests on the Plaintiff to prove, on the balance of probabilities, that the Defendant was negligent. In the instance of the Defendant, this is perhaps more difficult to defend against as the Plaintiff need only secure a 51% probability in his favour that the Defendant was negligent. To exemplify the successfulness of these cases in favour of the Plaintiff, if you juxtapose a civil action with a criminal action, the prosecution must prove that the Defendant is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. The extent of this heightens the threshold required in criminal cases as opposed to civil actions.
The chemical trichloroethylene, which has subsequently been banned by the European Union in 2016, is an extremely dangerous chemical that has an extensive list of health implications to those who have long term exposure to it. Whilst the dangers of it can no longer affect people, those who have been exposed to it, particularly for several years, may have contract irreversible health defects that could significantly shorten their life or subject them to an array of health problems.
The Government have released statements that address the growing tension between the legal profession and the insurance industry, with the latter holding victims who sustained personal injuries culpable of the rise in insurance premiums. The proposals by the Government are to engage a commission to study personal injury awards, the effect of which will allow them to analyse the compensation awarded for injuries within Ireland compared to other jurisdictions.
The Health and Safety Authority [HSA] has released figures to exemplify the dangers that arise amongst the farming population which they summated as ‘the fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than any other economic sector.’1 The most worrying aspect of this contention is that the agriculture sector is significantly diminutive when juxtaposed with other economic sectors. Furthermore, the HSA acclaim that the attitude of farmers towards safety is only altered after a serious accident is experienced firsthand which is an alarming statement. The number of fatalities that occurred within the agricultural community within Ireland in 2016 tallied 21 people. Conversely, when compared to non-fatal injuries within agriculture, it was reported that in 2015 there were only 88 recorded injuries which is relatively low compared to the highest contributor which was the health and social work sector tallying 1,490.
The insurance industry has grown even more hostile towards those who decide to claim against their insured in order to obtain compensation. Many victims, who are involved in road traffic accidents mainly, are at the forefront of abuse generated by the insurance industry that scapegoat their claims for compensation as the primary reason for increased premium prices.
The Book of Quantum is an authoritative guide that provides Solicitors and Claimants with an idea of the level of compensation that can be expected in relation to the injury sustained. It should be noted that this only provides a rough estimate that should not be considered exact as your solicitor will have a better understanding as to what your case is worth. When a case is submitted with the Injuries Board, the Book of Quantum helps assess the value of your case, but in a practical terms, it is dependent on the individual circumstances of your case. Notably, a great deal of cases may settle outside of the Injuries Board or the solicitor may feel that the amount awarded is simply not enough in which case an authorisation letter will be issued and the case will exit the Injuries Board process.
Being involved in an accident often causes you to suffer both physically and financially, which was usually caused by someone else’s negligent actions. If you seek to instigate legal proceedings against someone who caused you to suffer an injury, within the law, they may too have grounds for redress. Contributory negligence is a defence that reverses the burden of proof onto the defendant. The requirements for this defence are to demonstrate that the claimant did not take proper care to ensure their own safety and that because of this failure, it too contributed to the damage endured.
The law surrounding injuries sustained by an animal, namely, a dog, is an area which is less straightforward as opposed to other areas of personal injury claims. The main piece of statute that governs this aspect of law is the Control of Dogs Act 1986, in particular, Section 21.
The Injuries Board is an independent statutory body that was set up under the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003. The effect of this dictates that each personal injury case that occurs within the Republic of Ireland must be submitted to the Injuries Board who will then assess the claim.
Health and safety within the workplace is of paramount importance, however, the severity of failing to implement sufficient health and safety regulations can vary depending on the area of the work. A role within an office can provide less risk as opposed to that of a factory worker who may deal with heavy and dangerous machinery.
There are a number of contributing factors that may alter the correct protocol a person must follow if they are involved in a road traffic accident. Firstly, if the accident is more serious in nature, then no vehicle involved should be moved. However, depending on the level of severity, the vehicles may be moved in order to not cause an obstruction on the road. If this does occur, those involved should make every effort to attempt to photograph the incident and the damage that was caused.
The law with regards to Deliveroo cyclists is ambiguous and an area of law that many are perhaps uninformed about and potentially at risk as a result of this. Those who deliver for Deliveroo are technically not employed by the company, but rather, self-employed. Therefore, the implications that arise from this are that if you are injured whilst delivering goods on behalf of Deliveroo, there is no legal demand that requires them to pay you sick pay whilst you are off work.
There has been a surge in recent years in people opting to use a bicycle as their preferred method of transport. However, there are certain dangers associated with cycling that can unfortunately lead to accidents on our roads. Whilst the number of fatalities has decreased from 19 in 2015 to 3 this year, there are even greater injuries that occur to cyclists annually with approximately 611 injuries recorded in 2012.
Those who have suffered an accident at work may be apprehensive, particularly when they have to instigate legal action against their employer to achieve compensation. Regardless of the length of your employment, it is unlawful to terminate your employment if the sole reasoning for doing so is due to you instigating a personal injury claim against your employer.