The most common injuries in the workplace in the UK are slips, trips and falls (including falls from a height), which account for 33% of all accidents at work.
Employers have a responsibility for their employees’ safety at work. Working at height is always a risk, as it can result in serious injury if you fall. Employers must minimise these risks by taking appropriate steps such as supplying the correct equipment and training. If they fail to do this and you suffer a fall from a height, you may be eligible for a claim.
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What Should I Do If I Am Injured From Falling From a Height?
The most important thing you should do is seek legal advice as soon as possible. To make a successful claim, you must be able to demonstrate the accident was caused by the negligence of your employer. For example, they might have inadequate health and safety procedures, inadequate training or equipment that is not up to standard.
You should also ensure that:
- The accident is recorded in the Accident Book or similar document
- Any CCTV footage is retained
- You seek First Aid as soon as possible
- Details of witnesses are obtained
- You cooperate with any work accident investigation
- Photos of any evidence are taken
What Are The Time Limits For A Fall From Height Claim?
In the UK, there are time limits that apply when making a personal injury claim. You must make the claim within three years of the date of the accident or from the date the injury was diagnosed. There are some exceptions where time can be extended, for instance, the person injured is under 18 or the injured person lacks capacity. But it is important you seek advice as soon as possible, so a qualified solicitor can ensure your claim is made in time.
What Are The Causes of Fall From Height Accidents?
Common causes of fall from height accidents at work include:
- Roof and ceiling work
- Mobile working platforms
- Vehicles, including forklift trucks
- Plant and machinery
What Injuries Can Be Suffered From A Fall From Height?
Common injuries sustained from falls from height include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Ruptured internal organs
- Deep cuts
- Anxiety and depression
Unfortunately, a fall from a height at work can also cause death. If your loved one has died from a fall from a height at work, you may also be eligible for a claim, to speak to our specialist accident at work solicitors call us on 01642 843 667 or use our contact form, and we will call you back.
What Can I Claim For?
If you have suffered a fall from a height at work that was not your fault, you may be able to claim for:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses, for instance, prescription costs
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation for care provided even if it was unpaid
- Travel expenses
- Additional fuel costs
Will My Fall From Height Claim Be Successful?
At Macks Solicitors, we have an excellent record in bringing and winning accident at work claims. These claims can initially be denied so you need lawyers who have the persistence and desire to win these claims even when they are not straightforward. All our claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis so you can bring your claim with confidence because you will not be out of pocket in the unlikely event your claim is unsuccessful.
Fall from Height Claim Case Study
We represented an individual who was working as a scaffolder on an offshore rig. The individual needed to descend a vertical ladder for his job, and it turned out that it hadn’t been installed correctly. As our client went to stand on the ladder it slipped, causing him to fall a considerable distance and land on his right leg and foot, causing severe trauma to his foot and heel.
The individual needed time off work, several operations and spent a significant time in hospital. He never returned to his original job.
Macks Solicitors were instructed to pursue a compensation claim for him and despite the Defendants denying liability, we were able to recover over £500,000 on his behalf.
We fought hard to secure the maximum compensation he and his family deserved.
“I can’t thank Anthony at Macks Solicitors enough for everything he did, he was a lifesaver and I would be lost without him. Anthony and his team were so professional and sympathetic to my issues.”Client – Anonymous
Contact Us Today
For more information about making an accident at work claim, you can call us on 01642 843 667; alternatively, complete our online contact form, and one of our accident at work solicitors will be in touch.
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