Injury from a fall
Working at heights presents a variety of potential accidents, however, in some fields of employment working at heights is a necessity that is unavoidable. In jobs that involve working at heights, such as on scaffolding, up a ladder or on a roof, safety should always be of the utmost importance and the responsibility for that safety lies with your employer. There are clear regulations that govern your employers responsibilities and if they have failed in some way to keep you safe whilst working at height then you are entitled to claim compensation via an injury at work claim.
Shires Law work accident solicitors have many years of experience dealing with falls at work and our lawyers 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 to your employment, as sacking an employee for making a personal injury claim is against UK employment law and would be considered unfair dismissal.
The main causes of falling from heights are:
- Lack of safety barriers
- Neglecting to provide safety equipment
- Unmaintained or incorrectly erected scaffolding
- Use of ladders not suited to the job
- Unstable ladders
Typical injuries sustained from falling accidents:
- Head injuries
HOW MUCH COULD YOU CLAIM?
Rewards are dependEnt on the severity of the injury sustained, an injury as debilitating as quadriplegia could fetch compensation in the region of £212,000 to £265,000, whereas a more minor injury such as a fractured ankle could be worth approximately £3,500 to £8,000. If you would like an approximation based on your personal injury from a fall then our advisors are on hand to help.
LENGTH OF CLAIM
The length of the claim is also largely dependent on the injury sustained. Claims begin once you have seen a specialist doctor who can assess your injuries and provide a definite prognosis. Less serious injuries, usually those that warrant a full recovery can be finalised within four to five months, more serious injuries can take a matter of years. Each case is individual although we will strive to make sure that your case is not dragged on any longer than necessary.
HOW DO YOU MAKE A CLAIM?
Get started on your claim right away, contact us by calling on 0800 285 266 or via our Live Chat facility.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CLAIM
- Ensure the incident is reported to the relevant member of staff (i.e. health and safety officer or HR department)
- Any injury, no matter how severe must be logged in the companies accident book
- See a doctor immediately for a professional prognosis of your injuries
- Keep a diary of your injury including such things as pain levels, sleeplessness or activities you find troublesome since your falling accident
- Keep a strict account of any losses you have incurred as a direct result of your injury (i.e. loss of earnings, mileage travelling to a GP etc)
- It is advisable if possible to take down the names and contact details of any witnesses to your accident.
If physiotherapy or rehabilitation is required due to a fall at work, we can provide you with an Immediate Needs Assessment and make sure you receive the required rehabilitation quickly and on a private basis.