Dublin City Council paid out around €8.32 million in 2014 for various compensation claims, to members of the public and employees. Since 2012, €11 million has been paid out for various compensation claims with most of this money being paid to members of the public. The main types of injuries reported were facial injuries, broken limbs and back and shoulder injuries. Dublin City Council also paid out €617,325 in compensation to members of staff for injuries including limb, needle stick and back injuries.
Councillor Jim O’Callaghan believes that the council should ensure safer work systems are put in place for all council employees. He expressed particular concern over the high number of needle stick injuries, citing the need for staff training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent these types of injuries from occurring.
Across the UK, councils pay out thousands of pounds in compensation to members of staff and the public every year for minor injuries and serious, life-changing injuries caused by accidents. Some people worry about making claims, but it could just be that we are taking action against negligent employers. If you have been injured whilst working for the council or if you are a member of the public who has been injured in an accident that the council is to blame for, you could make a claim for compensation.
Who’s to blame?
If you fall over and injure yourself after a night out wearing 6 inch heels, then the only person to blame for your accident is probably yourself. However, if you suffer a slip or trip on a poorly-maintained pavement or road surface, or if you’re injured in a council-owned shopping centre, then you may be able to claim personal injury compensation from your local council. Contacting a personal injury lawyer will help you to find out who is to blame for your accident and you could also find out how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Why make a claim?
Loss of earnings, time off work, medical expenses – these are all good reasons to make a claim for personal injury compensation, and Accident Advice Helpline can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 and you’ll benefit from confidential, no-obligation advice from a member of our experienced team of professional personal injury lawyers. Provided your accident occurred within the three-year time limit, we could help you to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings, so get in touch today.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown