How can I calculate how much work chair injury compensation I can claim for fracturing my wrist and damaging the muscles in my shoulder?

Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor

Editor in Chief

Eoin P. Campbell

Question:

How can I calculate how much work chair injury compensation I can claim for fracturing my wrist and damaging the muscles in my shoulder?

Answer:

Calculating the maximum level of work chair injury compensation that can be claimed is often complicated. How much compensation for a work chair injury you will be entitled to is going to depend on the extent of your injury in relation to your age and general state of health prior to your accident, and how the injuries you sustained affect your quality of life.

Because there are more issues than just the physical injuries you have sustained in a work chair injury compensation claim, although it is not necessary to claim compensation for a work chair injury in Ireland with the assistance of a personal injury solicitor, it is strongly advisable that you do so. Claims made independently through the Injuries Board Ireland have potential to result in lower compensation amounts than could be achieved with the assistance of a personal injury solicitor.

The reason for this is partly due to the point of reference which is used by the Injuries Board Ireland to calculate the value of work chair injury compensation. The level of compensation stipulated by the Book of Quantum will depend on the severity of the injury and the length of time it will affect the claimant. The problem is that the Book of Quantum figures are frequently out of date and do not take inflation into consideration over this period.

The Injuries Board Ireland will also not take any loss of amenity or quality of life issues into consideration when compiling their recommended work chair injury compensation assessment. As such, there is considerable potential for inaccuracies to arise in the calculation of the maximum level of compensation for a work chair injury that an accident victim is entitled to receive.

The best way to ensure that your full entitlement to work chair injury compensation is claimed is to pursue a claim using a personal injury solicitor. Your chosen solicitor will arrange for your injuries to be thoroughly assessed and independently checked by a doctor. You can then be sure that every aspect of how you have been affected by your accident will be factored into your work chair injury compensation claim. This will include loss of amenity, loss of income, loss of future income as well as adequate compensation for pain and suffering.