Six workplace injury awards in 2011

There were six workplace personal injury awards delivered in Co. Longford in the last year, according to data from InjuriesBoard.ie. It represents a drop of ten on the previous year.

There were six workplace personal injury awards delivered in Co. Longford in the last year, according to data from InjuriesBoard.ie. It represents a drop of ten on the previous year.

According to InjuriesBoard.ie, an independent statutory body, which assesses the amount of compensation due to a person who has suffered a personal injury, the average award value in Longford was €21,134.

This compared with an average of 32 workplace personal injury awards per county, with the average award being €27,108. The most common causes of workplace accidents were slips, trips and falls, defective equipment and poor lifting and handling of goods. Commenting on the figures, InjuriesBoard.ie refer to a recent seminar delivered at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland where it was said traditional medical advice to stay at home after a soft tissue injury until the patient was 100 percent pain free may have been flawed.

Patricia Byron, Chief Executive InjuriesBoard.ie, said: “The first decision for a claimant is what is best for my health and recovery. Doctors are increasingly of a mind that returning to work as soon as is appropriate results in improved outcomes for patients.

“This is consistent with our experience as a Board which is that claimants want to put the incident behind them as soon as possible.”