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If you have suffered an injury at work which was not your fault, you may be entitled to receive compensation.
This board was set up to help reduce the bureaucracy involved in taking a claim for personal injuries. Many cases are settled during the personal injuries board stage.
How do I claim compensation for a workplace injury?
The injuriesboard.ie assesses the amount of compensation which is due to an injured party. It will not decide who is at fault.
Submit your claim, together with a medical report and proof of your expenses incurred as a result of the accident, e.g. lost wages,medical bills, future losses etc.
The Injuriesboard.ie will get in touch with the person who you say is responsible for your injury. This is referred to as the Respondent. If the respondent agrees, the Injuriesboard.ie will make an assessment of the value of the claim. If they say no, then the Board closes the file and issues an authorisation, which allows you to issue proceedings in court.
This is where both sides agree to the InjuriesBoard.ie assessing the case. The value which the Board puts on the claim is sent to both sides. If they both agree an order for payment is made and the respondent pays the applicant. If one of the parties disagrees, then the Injuries Board closes its file and issues an authorisation. You can then pursue a claim through the courts.
What are the time limits for making a claim following an injury at work?
The time limit for making a claim for personal injuries in Ireland is two years from the date of the accident or event which caused the injury. There are some exceptions to this rule, involving the date of knowledge of the injury, a person under a legal disability (e.g. under 18 years of age, mental incapacity ), cases involving asbestos and acquired injuries. The clock stops from the time that Injuriesboard.ie issues the section 50 acknowledgement letter which confirms receipt of the claim. It does not start again until six months after the authorisation has issued from injuriesboard.ie, formerly known as the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB).
In most cases the 2 year rule applies. So get you claim in on time. Seek help immediately. It takes time to prepare a claim. Do not leave it to the last minute.
You must inform the person you hold responsible for your workplace injury, that you have been injured at work and the nature of those injuries, within two months of the date of the accident. It does not affect your claim with the injuriesboard .ie, but the court may take your failure to inform your employer in time into consideration when assessing your claim.
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