Understanding and support for work accidents in hospitals and healthcare settings

Work accidents in hospitals injuries can take a significant toll on your physical, mental and financial health. Hospitals and other healthcare settings can pose certain risks for accidents on-the-job and repetitive strain injuries. At Gibson & Associates LLP, we provide trusted advice about your options for making a claim for compensation and support you throughout the process to make sure it is as stress-free as possible.

Work Accidents In Hospitals, Some Of The Causes

Hospitals and healthcare settings are demanding working environments and shoulder, neck, and back injuries are prevalent among nurses, care workers, and other staff.

From lower back strain to spinal cord damage, bulging discs to rotator cuff injuries, workplace injuries in the hospital and healthcare setting can be broad and often debilitating.

Routine tasks such as lifting, transferring, and repositioning patients come with risk, and without proper interventions, employees may experience cumulative strain or sudden, acute injuries.

These injuries, often arising from the repetitive and physically demanding nature of patient care responsibilities, can affect a healthcare providers’ ability to perform their duties effectively and reduce their overall quality of life.

Making a claim for financial compensation can help you access the treatment you need to get back on your feet, and also help cover any financial losses you have experienced as a result of your injury, such as income lost due to time off work.

Work accidents in hospitals and healthcare settings

In Ireland, employers have a fundamental duty of care towards their employees, especially in high-pressure environments like hospitals and healthcare settings. Workplace accidents in hospitals employers are required to take steps to mitigate the risk of injury during patient handling tasks. This includes adequate training, staffing support and ensuring the availability of suitable lifting aids like hoists and slings.

While the healthcare sector inherently carries risks for workplace injuries, employees are still entitled to make a claim for compensation if they suffer an injury as a result of inadequate support or resources. An experienced solicitor, such as those in our personal injury team, understands the complexities of workplace accidents in hospitals and the law that bind employers, and can provide expert insight into the claims process. To find out more, get in touch with our team on +353 (0)1 264 5555.

Did you know...

Irish law mandates employers create a safe working environment for employees

According to health and safety laws in Ireland, your employer is responsible for ensuring a safe working environment for you.

Work accidents fall under the jurisdiction of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

Employers who fail to uphold health and safety regulations may face significant fines and penalties.

About Gibson & Associates LLP

Expert advice and support for your workplace injury claim

Our team of personal injury solicitors is dedicated to supporting people who have been injured during the course of their work in hospitals and healthcare settings. We recognise the physical and emotional toll an injury can have on your professional and personal life, and have in-depth experience supporting doctors, nurses and health care workers to navigate the personal injury claim process.

Whether you’ve suffered an injury while lifting patients, administering treatments, or carrying out other duties, we can provide you with expert advice about your options. From guiding you through the claims process to negotiating with insurers and gathering essential information, our solicitors will ensure you receive the support you need.

We support people all over Ireland, so get in touch with a member of our team on on +353 (0)1 264 5555 today.

How long do I have to bring a workplace accident claim?

If you’ve suffered an injury at work, it’s really important to get advice from an experienced solicitor as soon as you can to ensure your claim is lodged within the required timeframe.

Typically, you have two years from the date of the injury to make a claim. If you suffered an accident such as a fall or back injury when manoeuvring a patient, the date of the injury is easy to define, with the two-year period commencing from the day of the injury.

However, if your injury has developed over time, for example, from a repetitive task, the two-year claim period begins when the injury or pain became “significant”.

Each case is considered independently to determine the relevant commencement period.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have an accident at work or suffer an injury?

In the event of an accident at work, it’s important to take the following steps:

  • Seek medical assistance from your GP (family doctor) or a hospital if necessary.
  • Report the accident to your employer.
  • Collect evidence that outlines the circumstances surrounding your accident or injury.
  • Speak to a solicitor who can advise you about your options.

Can I make a claim if the injury was my fault?

Sometimes employers can suggest that a workplace injury was the fault of the person who received it, perhaps because they didn’t ask for help to carry out a specific task, or didn’t use the right equipment for the job.

Even if this is the case, it doesn’t necessarily rule out your claim for compensation. An experienced solicitor can give you insight into the claims process and provide advice best suited to your situation.

What responsibility does my employer have to help prevent injuries at work?

Employers bear a significant responsibility to ensure the safety of their staff, particularly in healthcare environments where manual patient handling poses inherent risks.

Manual handling training is required by law, but it is also recognised as being insufficient on its own and employers must take all reasonable steps to ensure staff have the right training to carry out their jobs safely.

Equally they are also required to ensure staff have the right, and sufficient equipment for specific tasks, and that staffing levels are adequate to ensure the safe and efficient execution of patient care duties without undue strain or risk of injury.

What do I need to make a claim for compensation?

In Ireland, when an employer denies responsibility for your workplace injury, it is up to you, the employee, to demonstrate how they failed in their duty of care to protect you from injury during the course of your work.

That’s why it is important to gather evidence of the circumstances around your injury, such as photographs of the workplace and any equipment that was involved, and witness accounts from colleagues who witnessed the accident.

If your injury has led to you taking more than three days off work, you also need to report the injury to the Health and Safety Authority. Your solicitor can provide you with further advice about your options.

Our personal injury solicitors provide trusted legal advice and guidance for people throughout Ireland who have been involved in a workplace accident.

At Gibson & Associates LLP, we understand that making a claim for compensation from your employer after a workplace accident can feel overwhelming, however with our specialist advice and support throughout the claims process, you can rest assured we have your best interests at heart.

For a confidential discussion about your claim for compensation, please contact our team at +353 1 264 5555.