I dislocated my shoulder when I slipped and fell on spilled liquid in the warehouse, but I was told that I cannot claim supermarket employee work injury compensation as I am entitled to full sick pay. Is this correct?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

Any member of staff who is injured while working in a supermarket is entitled to claim supermarket employee work injury compensation if the accident which caused the injury was a result of their employer´s negligence. Employers owe a duty of care to their staff to make sure that the workplace is safe and when that duty of care is broken, and an injury is sustained, supermarket employee work injury compensation can be claimed against an employer’s liability insurance policy. It is often necessary to claim supermarket employee work injury compensation to recover loss of earnings and medical expenses, but even if no expenses have been incurred or no financial losses have been suffered, you are still entitled to claim supermarket employee work injury compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced when you dislocated your shoulder.

The receipt of sick pay does not affect your right to supermarket employee work injury compensation; however it will affect how much supermarket work injury compensation you are likely to receive. Many people are forced to make a claim for supermarket work injury compensation due to loss of earnings or an inability to work as a result of an injury. When partial sick pay is awarded, or an injury is so severe that it results in time off work in excess of the maximum period of sick pay entitlement, the difference in earnings can be recovered in a claim for supermarket employee work injury compensation.

Your supermarket employee work injury compensation claim should account for the pain you experienced at the time of your accident and the consequences your injury had on your quality of life. When your supermarket employee work injury claim is submitted to the Injuries Board for assessment, the level of compensation for a shoulder dislocation will be calculated using the Book of Quantum as a reference. The range of supermarket employee work injury compensation for a dislocated shoulder is 14,600 to 74,000 Euros depending on the severity of the injury and whether any permanent damage has been sustained.

To establish that you are eligible to make a supermarket work injury compensation claim, it will be in your best interests to speak with a personal injury solicitor. A solicitor will determine whether you have a supermarket employee work injury claim for compensation which is worth your while to pursue, assist you with your application for assessment to the Injuries Board Ireland and make a direct approach to your employer´s insurance company with the aim of settling your claim for supermarket employee work injury compensation in the quickest possible time.