My husband did not think about making a compensation claim for a work injury in a pharmaceutical plant when he was injured at the factory last year, but now two of his colleagues have had their claims settled. Is it too late for him to make a claim?
Your husband should be in good time to make a claim for work injury in a pharmaceutical plant as the Statute of Limitations in Ireland for making a personal injury claim is two years from the ‘date of knowledge’ that an injury has been sustained due to the negligence of your husband´s employer´s. However, there are several considerations that you should take into account before initiating a pharmaceutical plant work injury claim for compensation.
Firstly, because two of your husband´s colleagues have had their claims for pharmaceutical plant injury compensation settled, it does not automatically follow that your husband is entitled to make a claim for a work injury in a pharmaceutical plant or that he will receive the same level of compensation. Each pharmaceutical plant work injury claim should be assessed on its individual merits and the amount of compensation that the claim is settled for should reflect the severity of the injury and the consequences that the injury has on the plaintiff´s quality of life.
Secondly, the settlements of pharmaceutical plant injury compensation may have been arranged through an insurance company directly, rather than being assessed by the Injuries Board, and – if this is the case – there is a genuine risk that the settlements do not accurately compensate your husband´s colleagues for the injuries they sustained. Each claim for a work injury in a pharmaceutical plant may also have been settled without an admission of liability which would then make it harder for your husband to pursue a pharmaceutical plant work injury claim for compensation.
Finally, it would be in your husband´s best interests to speak directly with a solicitor at the first possible opportunity. If his accident in the pharmaceutical plant happened over a year ago, and evidence of negligence is no longer available, making a claim for a work injury in a pharmaceutical plant could potentially be much more complicated than if a pharmaceutical plant work injury claim for compensation had been commenced soon after the accident.
Most solicitors offer a service which will enable your husband to establish whether there is a claim for a work injury in a pharmaceutical plant which is worth his while to pursue, find out how much pharmaceutical plant injury compensation he is entitled to receive and determine the best way to approach making a pharmaceutical plant work injury claim in relation to his own specific circumstances.