13 job-related injury awards

Thirteen workplace personal injury awards were delivered in County Kilkenny last year – with an average amount of €28,151 – according to data from InjuriesBoard.ie.

This was an increase of four over the previous year. The most common causes of workplace accidents were slips, trips and falls, defective equipment and poor lifting and handling of goods.

According to InjuriesBoard.ie, which assesses all personal injury claims, the two most common concerns from personal injury claimants after a work related accident are: When is the right time to go back to work, and will the timing impact the value of the award?

InjuriesBoard.ie’s tips to aid recovery include: seek medical advice; return to normal activities, including work, as soon as your doctor allows; and try to return to the workplace on a gradual basis, perhaps building-up slowly to your usual hours.

A personal injury award comprises two parts: general damages (compensation for pain and suffering) and special damages (to ensure that the person is not out of pocket as a result of the accident through loss of earnings and expenses).

For more information, see www.injuriesboard.ie.