Accidents at work are a fairly common occurrence in the UK. A large portion of them occur in the construction sector. In fact, construction has the highest rate of accidents in comparison to any other industry. The majority of workers that suffer injuries at work are unaware that they could be eligible to claim compensation for the complications and harm they endured due to the accident. In 2016 a man was injured due to the direct negligence of his employers.
He suffered significant back, head and neck injuries from falling headfirst onto a wooden platform from a height of 2.5 metres. This occurred as a result of the absence of any safety measures in place according to an investigation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The company responsible was fined £6000. Falls from heights such as this are responsible for over 30% of all construction accidents and injuries. More critically, they usually cause the most serious of injuries and threats as evident in the accident from 2016.
The accidents that occur in construction vary from injury to injury. The most common ones are:
• Falls from heights such as from ladders or scaffolding.
• Certain objects falling from a height which cause injury such as bricks, tools and equipment.
• Overdemanding or inadequately training workers resulting in improper lifting, carrying or pushing awkward loads.
• Faulty equipment also accounts for a portion of the accidents and injuries. Occasionally, workers are injured by moving vehicles such as forklifts.
• Finally, welding and chemical burns alongside electric shock accidents are a fairly common occurrence within construction.
It is important for all of these scenarios to know what your options are for compensation. Here at The Compensation Experts, we can guide you through all your options and offer free and friendly advice for what your next steps could be.
Construction accident claims can prove to be rather complex. This is due to the fact that there are usually variety of parties involved with the accident which makes it more difficult to put the blame on someone. In some instances, it may not even be clear who was in the wrong when it comes to the cause of an accident. For these reasons, a thorough investigation is usually required to get to the bottom of the case. This would not affect you specifically but more so the duration of the compensation claim. Ultimately, it is down to your solicitor to get to the bottom of who’s fault the case was.
To improve your chances of making a successful claim it is important to know the following alongside the date and time of the accident:
• The address of the site
• The contact details of any witnesses who were present at the scene
• The person you reported the accident to
• Details of any medical treatment you received, including who provided the treatment and when
• Photographs of the scene of the accident
• A copy of the logbook where the accident was recorded, or details of who recorded the information in the logbook.
Remember that the more accurate your description of your accident is, the better chances of success your claim will have due to the clear-cut scenario and foundation put in place.
When it comes to making the claim itself, there is a strict three-year time limit in place for claiming. The accident must have occurred within the past three years when claiming otherwise you will not be eligible for making your claim.
If you have been hurt in a construction accident, we the compensation experts can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have access to some of the best solicitors who specialise in construction accident claims who boast a large amount of experience with these types of cases and have supported people secure the compensation that they deserve.
After you have contacted us and one of our friendly compensation experts speaks to you about your case, if we feel that your case is promising and you are eligible for compensation, we will send it to one of our solicitors who will get started on your case on a No Win, No Fee basis. This means that if your claim is not successful, you will not be financially obligated and will not have to pay a thing. This can be discussed further in our preliminary discussion.
For further information, and to find out whether you are eligible to make a claim, call us today. You can also browse our website or fill in one of our contact forms and one of our friendly compensation experts will contact you to discuss any queries and concerns you may be having.