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Surgical Error: What Could Go Wrong?

17th September, 2018   No Comments

Medical professionals are bound by an obligation to protect their patients and uphold high standards of care, and most of the time this serves to ensure excellent outcomes. (more…)


Farming: Possibly The Most Dangerous Job In Ireland?

31st July, 2018   No Comments

Did you know that farmers in Ireland are ten times more likely to die in an accident at work than the average worker? This is a shocking statistic, and is the finding of a report into ‘Risk-Taking and Accidents on Irish Farms’, published last year.

This study showed that of 44 fatal accidents in the workplace that were recorded in Ireland in 2016, almost half occurred on farms. If you are working on a farm and have had an accident, you can talk to us at S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors about claiming compensation. You may be entitled to make a claim for compensation if your employer has not met the necessary legal requirements designed to protect you while at work.

Common Accidents On Farms:

Farming accidents can happen for a variety of different reasons, but the recent study showed that excessive risk taking behaviour by farmers could contribute to the worrying statistics summarised above.

Some of the most common accidents that occur on farms include:

• Accidents involving farm machinery
• Accidents involving animals
• Slips, trips and falls
• Accidents involving falling objects
• Silo accidents

Farmers interviewed during this research reported that they often do not seek help for more difficult jobs, and they do not check that machinery or equipment is in good working order before using it or allowing employees to use it. 3% of farmers also reported that they store chemicals within reach of children, and many said that they do not usually use safety equipment.

The farmers who were most likely to have accidents were found to be those with larger farms and those who were unmarried. Both of these groups are statistically more likely to engage in risky behaviour while at work on the farm according to this study.

What To Do If You Have An Accident While Working On A Farm

If you are an employee working on a farm, your employer should protect you from danger as far as possible. Your employer should ensure that you are issued with equipment that is in good working order and fit for purpose, and that you use the correct safety equipment at all times. If your employer has not done this, or has not trained you adequately to prevent an accident from occurring, and you have been injured as a result, you will be able to pursue a compensation claim.

If you have an accident while working on a farm, you should record what happened in as much detail as possible and include photographs of the scene of the accident.

Find Expert Personal Injury Solicitors in Ennis And Clare

Contact S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors to discuss your situation, and we will arrange a consultation without obligation. Simply call into our office in Ennis, Co.Clare, contact us online, or call us today on +353 (065) 6820620. We guarantee to call you back within one business day.


How Long Do I Have To Bring My Medical Negligence Claim?

12th June, 2018   No Comments

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury through medical negligence, your priority will be to recover from the physical and mental effects of your ordeal, and you may not think about seeking (more…)


Making A Manual Handling Injury Claim

28th February, 2018   No Comments

Many personal injury cases are manual handling injury claims, in which heavy lifting has resulted in an injury to the back, neck and/or shoulders. These injuries commonly occur where inadequate training has been provided for lifting and moving heavy objects, (more…)


Mothers With Birth Injuries: Compensation Claims

24th January, 2018   No Comments

Many people do not realise that birth injuries are a relatively common occurrence, and that compensation can be sought in cases where these injuries have serious consequences. (more…)


Claiming Compensation For Spinal Injuries As A Result Of Road Traffic Accident

11th January, 2018   No Comments

Unfortunately, many people each year sustain spinal cord injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, and these can disrupt their lives and cause problems ranging from behavioral and cognitive issues to loss of mobility and compromised movement. (more…)


Workplace Harassment: Your Options

28th July, 2017   No Comments

All employers in this country are legally obliged to prevent harassment within the work place. However, cases of harassment still occur, and victims are therefore entitled to bring compensation claims against their employers to the Work Place Relations Commission (WRC) where they have the opportunity to prove that this legal protection has not been provided. (more…)


Time Limits May Affect Your Medical Negligence Claim

20th July, 2017   No Comments

The Statute of Limitations sets a two-year time limit on medical negligence cases, within which it is possible to make a claim for compensation. If legal proceedings are not commenced within this period, a claim will not be allowed, regardless of the injuries sustained. However, there are some circumstances in which there may be flexibility regarding this limit. (more…)


Should I Settle My Personal Injury Claim Early?

16th June, 2017   No Comments

Making a personal injury claim can be a challenging process, and it takes time.  It can be tempting to settle early if an insurance company offers what appears to be an attractive amount of money.  (more…)


Medical Negligence And Your GP

23rd May, 2017   No Comments

If the care and treatment you receive from your GP is below an acceptable standard you may be entitled to bring a claim for medical negligence against him/her.

All medical professionals in Ireland, including GPs, are bound by codes of conduct that regulate the standards of care that they must provide to their patients at all times. If a medical professional fails to meet these standards, the patient, or his or her family, may claim compensation for medical negligence. (more…)


MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE: THE DANGERS OF SEPSIS

22nd March, 2017   No Comments

What Is Sepsis?

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Sepsis is one of the most common causes of death of patients in intensive care units, and is the result of a massive immune system response to a bacterial infection that enters the bloodstream. If caught early, sepsis can be treated effectively. However, if the condition is misdiagnosed, or if treatment is delayed, sepsis can lead to septic shock, major organ failure and death.
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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER A ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT?

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Road traffic accidents are very common and for most people involved in a minor accident, they are an unpleasant and inconvenient occurrence. However, for some, they can be a g

reat deal more serious, and this can be the case if there is a major accident, in which people are seriously injured or killed, or if there is any sort of accident in which the perpetrator does not stop.

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WHIPLASH COMPENSATION CLAIMS

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Whiplash is the term used to describe an injury that causes damage to the fragile ligaments and tendons in the neck. It is often sustained during car accidents, especially those that involve a rear shunt, and can cause lasting problems, with many people experiencing pain and discomfort for many months or years.

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COMPENSATIONS CLAIMS INVOLVING CHILDREN

14th February, 2017   No Comments

When children are injured it can be an extremely difficult time for their families.  If a child is injured in an accident which is not their fault they may be entitled to claim compensation.

An individual is considered to be a minor under Irish law until his or her eighteenth birthday, and it is not legally possible for minors to make a compensation claim in their own right. However, a parent or guardian, acting as ‘next friend’ in law, can represent their child and make a personal injury claim for compensation on his or her behalf.

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CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURIES: THE LAW

14th February, 2017   No Comments

Do you work on a construction site? Have you been injured in an accident that could have been prevented? If you feel that your employer has failed to observe their duty of care to you, and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation*.

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