Falling From Height
If you have been injured as a result of a fall from height at work we may be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve
Falling from height can be a scary experience, and it can have a major impact on your life, whether physically, mentally, financially, or personally. Falls from height can also, unfortunately, cause serious or life-changing injuries, and, in the worst cases, be fatal. If you have suffered injury after falling from a height, and it was not your fault, then you may be able to claim fall compensation.
Types of falls from height
There are many reasons for falls occurring, and, according to the Health and Safety Executive, falls from height accounted for 25% of all fatal injuries to workers from 2014- 2019, and 8% of non-fatal injuries. Some of the most common causes for falls from height include:
- Scaffolding Falls– falling from height off scaffolding may be caused by incorrect building, whether being constructed incorrectly or having inadequate safety railings.
- Ladder falls- Poorly maintained or defective ladders or steps can cause falls from height.
- Weather conditions- poor weather conditions can also cause falls from height. Whilst no one can control the weather, if your employer has made you go out and work in unsafe conditions, we may be able to help.
- Warehouse racking- similarly to scaffolding and ladder falls from height, warehouse accidents can be caused by poorly maintained or dangerous racking.
Falls from height at work
There are many industries where you may need to work above ground level, which comes with the risk of falling from a height. The further you are from the ground, the more dangerous your working conditions are, so your employer has a duty to make sure you are less at risk of falling from height. If you work in one of these industries, then it is the responsibility of your employer to make sure that you are kept safe, and they must follow the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
- Window cleaning
All these industries involve some form of working at elevation, and so require correct and thorough training to ensure employees are kept safe from falling from height. However, they are, of course, not the only industries that see falls from height, with accident claims also made from employees falling down stairways.
Claiming Against Your Employer
It is your employer’s responsibility to keep you safe from falling from a height at work. This means that they must make sure you have the correct training and equipment to be able to do your job correctly. Risk assessments must also be carried out, to ensure the job is done safely. This is especially important when working from height.
If your employer has not followed the guidelines to keep you safe at work, or has done so incorrectly, you may be able to claim fall compensation. We understand that you may feel uneasy about claiming against your employer, however all employers must have employer’s liability insurance. This covers the costs of accidents at work, including falling from height. It is the insurance company who would pay the fall compensation, so your employer would not be directly out of pocket.
Claiming on Behalf of Someone Else
Unfortunately, due to the nature of these accidents, you may be in a situation where a loved one has sadly lost their life due to falling from height, or they might be unable to make a claim for themselves. If a loved one is dependent on you, or if they suffered a fatal accident, then you may be able to claim fall compensation on their behalf.
We understand that it is a difficult situation when an accident has caused the death of a loved one, and we also understand that it may not be very easy to talk about, but the solicitors we work with are here to help; they can help address the financial burden you may have been left with due to your loved one’s accident, and help you recover from it.
How we can help
Here at The Compensation Experts, we work with solicitors who deal with accidents at work every day, including falling from height. Contact us today by filling in our form or call us on 01614138765 to speak to one of our friendly knowledgeable advisors.
Am I eligible for fall compensation?
If you have experienced injury after falling from a height in the last 3 years, and it wasn’t your fault, you might be eligible for fall compensation. If you were a child at the time of falling from height, however, you may have longer to make a claim.
How much compensation for a fall?
Not all falling accidents are the same, so it can be difficult knowing how much compensation from a fall you can claim without first understanding the circumstances. Similarly, it’s near-impossible to provide a one-size-fits-all fall compensation calculator. However, factors that contribute to the final figure include the extent of your injuries, your loss of earnings, and estimated future losses.
Our dedicated team of experts are on hand to give you an idea of how much fall compensation you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
When making a claim for fall compensation, it’s important that you understand the process and what it entails. To make the claim as straightforward as possible, we always aim to be transparent and clear throughout.
Your solicitor will gather the evidence and let the negligent part know that you’re opening claim proceedings. They will negotiate the fall compensation on your behalf, keeping you updated with every step along the way.