Case Study: Fall at height from a set of ladders

Michael’s accident

On the day of his accident Michael was working at a school during the course of his employment with a firm of contractors. He was attempting to rewire part of the school building when the ladder slipped and he fell around 10 feet to the floor.

One of the legs of the ladder was bent which caused the ladder to be unstable and no other work equipment had been supplied by Michael’s employers. There was no risk assessment carried out and no proper method statement in place. As a result of his fall Michael fractured his right kneecap which resulted in an operation and time off work.

Macks – the accident at work claim specialists

Michael contacted Macks. A member of the Macks personal injury team was able to tell Michael that the employer had acted negligently in several ways:

  1. they had failed to carry out a proper assessment of the job which would have identified the risks to which Michael was exposed;
  2. they had failed to reduce the risk of falling to the lowest level possible; and
  3. they had supplied inadequate and faulty work equipment.

Liability for the defendant’s negligence was admitted and compensation for Michael was settled at £50,000

Michael’s case is representative of nearly all of our personal injury claims in that it did not proceed to court. Less than 1 in 300 of claims handled by Macks end up in court because most defendants and their insurers accept the cases put forward by our team of legal experts.

Making an accident at work claim

Macks provide a quality, caring service for all personal injury victims. To find out more about making an accident at work claim, please telephone 0800 980 9390. Alternatively, you may wish to complete the 30-second claim form.

Please note that in the interests of preserving our clients’ privacy, we alter some factual details, including names. The report is, however, based on a real case.


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