Bursitis is a painful complaint caused by the inflammation of the small sacs of fluid (“bursae”) which enable the smooth passage of the muscles over bone. Most frequently affecting the knees, elbows, hips and shoulders, work bursitis would most commonly occur in occupations where regular pressure is applied to these specific areas – for example, housemaid´s knee (prepatellar bursitis) or clergyman´s knee (infrapatellar bursitis) – and many people may recognise bursitis as “water on the knee”.
If you believe you have got work bursitis, you should make an urgent appointment to see your family doctor. Although the ailment is not contagious or life-threatening, it can be extremely painful and may lead to surgery when the bursae have become infected. A doctor will usually treat work bursitis with anti-inflammatory drugs and massage therapy. He will also advocate plenty of rest and, depending on the severity of the work bursitis, this may mean an extended period away from work.
In a work environment, employers are obliged to carry out risk assessments before starting any job and under the regulations in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (2007), have to provide protective knee pads and elbow pads to employees who are working in an environment where there may be a risk of acquiring work bursitis. They should also monitor the length of time you are performing a task that might lead to work bursitis, and when they fail to make adequate provision for the protection of their employees, they can be sued for work bursitis compensation.
Claiming Compensation for Work Bursitis
Claiming compensation for work bursitis is often best done with the assistance of a specialist personal injury claims solicitor. A solicitor will be familiar with the procedures involved in making a claim for work bursitis, and by using one you may also avoid an embarrassing confrontation with your employer when you return to work. Using a solicitor can also be of benefit if your employer disputes liability for your work bursitis, or the amount of the assessment – when made – by the Injuries Board Ireland. Furthermore, should you be approached by the employer´s insurance company, with the offer of an early settlement, a solicitor will be able to advise you whether it is fair and adequate for the level of physical trauma you have sufferred.
In order to help victims of work bursitis to find out more about what they are entitled to, we have set up a free telephone advice service on 1-800 989 995 which you can call to speak with an experienced personal injury claims solicitor.
We will be able to answer any questions you may have about compensation for work bursitis and will also offer helpful and accurate advice about how to proceed with a claim. All calls to our free advice service are completely confidential and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim for work bursitis compensation if you choose not to. If you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What You Can Expect
We have more than twenty years of experience in dealing with work-related injuries and the subsequent compensation claims. However, every situation is different, so we would like to start with you telling us what it is that you do for a living and how you acquired the work bursitis.
You are welcome to ask any questions along the way, and we will be happy to answer as best we can. Please note though, we are not able to give medical advice and any issues you may have in respect of your health should be directed to your family doctor.
We will try to ascertain if you have grounds to claim compensation for work bursitis, and if that claim is worth your while to pursue. We should also be able to let you know how long the work bursitis claim for compensation should take to process and possibly an idea of the general level of compensation we would expect you to receive.
We usually end our conversations by giving you a selection of options on how you can proceed. You are under no obligation to take advantage of any of our suggestions and we like you to have a few days to absorb our advice and discuss it with family members before you decide what to do.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of using a specialist solicitor to assist with a claim for work bursitis compensation, please do not hesitate to call our free advice telephone service now on 1-800 989 995
Our lines are open between 8.00am and 10.00pm, and we also operate a call-back service, so if now is not a convenient time to call, you can leave your details in the call-back box below and one of our helpful and friendly team will get back in touch with you.