Construction accidents are the most common cause of work related fatalities, accounting for over a quarter of all workplace deaths.
Each year thousands of workers are injured on construction sites across the UK with negligence being one of the primary reasons. If you have been involved in a construction accident due to negligence or through no fault of your own, you could be eligible to claim compensation for injuries, loss of earnings and other consequential losses.
Shires Law construction accident solicitors have many years of experience dealing with construction accidents and can help you receive financial compensation for the suffering caused by your injury. We operate on a No Win No Fee basis, you will not be out of pocket whether you win or lose. There is also no risk you will lose your job, as sacking someone who making a personal injury claim is against UK employment law and would be considered unfair dismissal.
Construction sites pose a wide variety of potential accidents, some of the most common causes including:
- Working at heights
- Falls and slips
- Falling equipment
- Inadequate or faulty protective equipment
- Inadequate risk assessment
- Inadequate training
- Heavy lifting and RSI
The most common construction injuries include:
- Fractures and breaks
- Back and neck injuries
- Hand and arm injuries
- Head injuries
If your accident is not mentioned here it does not mean you don’t qualify for compensation, our construction accident lawyers can help you to decide whether you have a valid claim.
How much could you claim?
Claim awards are largely dependent on the circumstance and severity of the injury. As a guide, severe injuries, such as damage to the brain can result in an approximate reward of £185,000 to £265,000, whereas accidents resulting in quadriplegia can be potentially worth £212,000 to £265,000. Claims for a less severe injury, usually those that will fully heal in a matter of months are generally rewarded within the region of £1,000 to £2,500.
How long will it take?
The length of a claim is again widely dependEnt on the situation and the injury, although rest assured that our construction accident lawyers will deal with your case in the most time efficient manner. Claims for less severe injuries can typically be resolved within a few months, whereas a more severe injury could potentially take up to a few years.
How do you make a claim?
We can help with your claim; our advisors are on hand to talk to you by calling 0800 285 266 or via our Live Chat facility.
What you can do to help your claim
- Ensure any construction accidents are reported to relevant on site personnel (i.e. health and safety officer)
- Make sure your incident is recorded in your companies accident book
- It is important that you see a doctor immediately, no matter how minor you might think the injury seems
- Keep a diary of your injury, include things such as pain levels, sleeplessness and activities you can no longer carry out or are disrupted by your injury.
- Keep a strict log of all losses incurred due to your injury, such as loss of income, mileage of travelling to the GP or cost of employing somebody to do jobs you would have normally done yourself.
If physiotherapy or rehabilitation is required due to your construction accident, we can provide you with an Immediate Needs Assessment and make sure you receive the required rehabilitation quickly and on a private basis.