How long will it take for me to receive compensation for injury in a factory explosion? I have been off work for three months and desperately need to recover loss of earnings.

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

It is not possible to tell you how long it will take to recover compensation for an injury in a factory explosion, as there are many factors which can affect the length of time it takes from the date a claim is submitted to the Injuries Board to when the claim will be successfully resolved. What is important however, is for you to prepare your application for assessment and initiate the claim for compensation for an injury in a factory explosion with the Injuries Board as soon as possible.

After submitting a claim to the Injuries Board, the respondent will be notified and will be given three months to consent to an Injuries Board assessment or to reject it. In the case of injuries caused by an explosion in a factory, unless you played a part in the cause of the explosion it is unlikely that the respondent will reject an Injuries Board assessment. If authorisation is granted, the Injuries Board will proceed with a calculation of the value of your claim; however it can take up to nine months before the Injuries Board completes this assessment and notifies you and the respondent of the level of compensation which is applicable.

However, it may be possible to resolve your claim more quickly and not to have to wait for the Injuries Board to complete its assessment. If you use a solicitor to pursue compensation for an injury in a factory explosion on your behalf there are two ways in which compensation can be awarded before the Injuries Board assessment is completed. The first is by direct negotiation with the insurance company of the respondent. Your solicitor will contact your employer’s insurance company and will attempt to negotiate a quick settlement of the factory explosion compensation claim directly.

The second way that factory explosion compensation can be obtained more quickly will not result in your full entitlement to compensation for an injury in a factory explosion being paid, but it may be possible for a proportion to be released before the Injuries Board completes its assessment. Once your employer consents to an assessment by the Injuries board and accepts liability for your injuries, your solicitor can apply for interim payments of factory explosion compensation to be released to cover essential medical costs and other expenses.

Your first step should be to speak with a personal injury solicitor about your claim for an injury in a factory explosion and to do so at the earliest possible opportunity to avoid any further delays in recovering compensation for injuries caused by an explosion in a factory.