I recently injured my back while moving furniture and believe I may be entitled to damages. However I am worried about claiming compensation for a back injury from lifting a heavy box at work. Could I jeopardise my position in the company?
It is perfectly natural to worry about claiming compensation for a back injury from lifting a heavy box at work. It is common for employees in this situation to be concerned about the effect such an action will have on their position within the company, their future work prospects and the relationship they have with management. However in a situation such as this, employers are usually very upset that an employee has suffered an injury in the workplace.
Please be aware that in this instance you are claiming compensation for a back injury from lifting a heavy box at work against your employer’s insurance company, not you employer. You should also bear in mind that Irish law states there should be no repercussions against an employee who rightfully makes a personal injury compensation claim against an employer not to mention the fact that the majority of work injury claims are settled out of court making it highly unlikely you would ever have to face your employer in a courtroom.
You are best advised to speak with an experienced personal injury solicitor, they will be able to evaluate your claim based on the circumstances surrounding your injury and advise accordingly if it is worthwhile pursuing a claim for compensation. This is especially useful if the negligent party’s insurers approach you with a direct offer of compensation. While such an offer should be welcomed as it shows your employer is prepared to accept liability for your injuries, you should also be wary as you could be left undercompensated if you accept the offer with referring it to you solicitor first. Your personal injury solicitor will know the potential amount of compensation you are entitled to claim and will ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for a back injury from lifting a heavy box at work that you are entitled to.