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Significant compensation for serious accident at work


Posted in News on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Jody Cantillon and the Litigation Team at Cantillons Solicitors recently successfully represented a client who suffered severe personal injuries, loss and damage as a result of a serious accident at work.

Our client was required to walk across a raised platform which was provided by his employers. Within that platform, there was a hatch. A colleague of our client’s left that hatch open. Given the presentation of the platform, it was difficult when walking on the platform to determine whether or not the hatch was open. Unfortunately our client, while walking along the platform, stood through the open hatch and fell from a height. Our client suffered serious injuries upon impact with the ground. After the accident, our client’s employer took steps to ensure that the accident did not happen again.

Our client instructed us to bring a personal injury claim for the workplace accident.

The matter was submitted to PIAB (formerly the Injuries Board). PIAB made an assessment. Having considered the assessment, we advised our client to reject the assessment as we felt it was not adequate compensation. Thereafter, we issued a Personal Injuries Summons in the High Court. A Defence was ultimately filed admitting fault, but alleging our client was contributory negligent for walking through the open hatch. Thereafter, we instructed Consulting Engineers to support the case that our client was not contributory negligent.

The case ultimately settled without our client having to go to Court for significant compensation, well above that which was offered at the PIAB stage.

Cantillons Solicitors are Personal Injuries Solicitors in Cork who deal with Personal Injuries Claims arising from workplace accidents, falls in public, car accident claims (including whiplash injuries).

Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at +353 (0)21 4275673 or info@cantillons.com if you would like more information on accident at work claims.

“In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.”

 

 

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