Making a claim after a fall from height
Falling from a height is a terrifying experience and can have a huge impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Not only do the injuries affect your health and personal life, they can also have a financial impact which could extend to your family and friends. Your entire world can change from one terrible event.
Unfortunately, falls from height can often cause serious or even life-changing injuries. If you’ve suffered from this type of injury, we’re sorry. We know how hard it can be to recover and adjust.
We’re here to help you. Although money may not be the first thing on your mind after you’ve been injured, the compensation you could receive could help you take the first steps towards recovery, in all areas of your life.
You can get in touch with us for free on 0800 376 0150 for confidential advice and to find out whether we think you’re eligible to make a claim.
There are absolutely no obligations when you get in touch with us. But if you decide you’d like to go ahead, we can connect you to one of our specialist solicitors straight away. And, if you are still recovering from your injury, we can put you in contact with one of our expert physiotherapists so the recovery process can begin as soon as possible.
Many people are put off making a personal injury claim because they are worried about having to go to court. Find out if you will have to go to court if you claim.
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Are you eligible for compensation?
The simplest way to know if you’re eligible for compensation is to give us a call on 0800 376 0150. Our advisors are legally trained and will be able to let you know straight away if they think you have a claim.
However, if you’re not ready to contact us, that’s okay too; there are some simple ways to tell if your claim is likely to be valid. Generally, successful compensation claims are for accidents that happened within the last three years, resulted in injury and were somebody else’s fault.
If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to make a claim, there’s more information on our ‘are you eligible’ page.
Claiming against your employer
There are clear regulations outlined by the Government regarding your safety while working at height – the further you are from ground level, the more dangerous your working conditions – and most employers take these risks very seriously.
By law your employer is actually required to take action to make sure you are safe at work. This includes carrying out the necessary risk assessments and providing the correct training under The Work at Height Regulations 2005 act.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 means that, regardless of what industry you work in, if your job involves working at height, then your employer must make sure you are trained to safely carry out the task.
If they’ve failed to maintain a safe environment for you or provide the correct training and you’ve suffered an injury, then we can help you make a claim. You’re not to blame for your injury, and you shouldn’t be left out of pocket, or in pain, without the compensation you deserve.
You may have a concern that making a claim for your fall at work will have a negative impact on your employer. This is a fairly common worry, but it’s grounded on a common misconception that the business you work for will actually be paying the money.
Your employer is legally required to have insurance to cover any compensation you receive from your claim. This means you don’t need to worry about your employer being out of pocket – they’re not the ones paying the settlement, so it won’t have a dramatic effect on their finances.
You can read more about claiming against your employer here.
Serious or life-changing injuries
Severe injuries are physically and emotionally painful, but they also have financial repercussions.
Unfortunately, injuries that are a result of a fall from height are often serious injuries that mean you’re likely to have had to take time off work or pay for expensive medical treatment. These costs may have left you unable to pay bills, especially if you have a family to support at the same time.
We know adjusting to life after any injury is hard, but when your accident may have left you with an acquired disability or prolonged pain and discomfort, adjusting can be particularly challenging.
The compensation you could receive could help to cover your costs so that you can begin to get things back to how they were before your accident and make plans for your future.
We realise that you may be unsure as to whether we would consider your case to be serious. The below can help you to understand what we consider to be a serious injury:
· Lengthy or repeated hospital visits
· Significant time off work
· Care needed or give from loved ones or professionals
If you’re still unsure, the best way to find out is to get in touch with our friendly advisors on 0800 376 0150. They’ll listen to everything you have to say and can then let you know if you’re eligible. When you contact us there’s no obligation to claim and your conversation and details will be kept confidential.
We can also help you if you’re reading this as a loved one of somebody who has fallen from height. Our advisors can give you free advice about your experience and help you understand exactly how we can help your loved one. Simply call us on 0800 376 0150.
Jobs with a risk of falls
There are clearly going to be some professions and tasks that have more risk than others when it comes to falls from height. But that doesn’t mean that you’re unable to make a fall from height claim if, for example, you work in an office.
If you were not provided with the correct training, equipment or support and you fell and injured yourself – then regardless of your job title, it’s likely you’ll have a compensation claim.
Below is a list of some professions we know to be at risk of falls from height. If you work in any of these occupations, your employer should be taking precautionary and preventative steps to keep you safe in the workplace and to adhere to the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
- Construction workers
- Window cleaners and installers
- Warehouse operatives
- Sales assistants and stock takers
Types of falls from height
Below are some examples of the causes of fall from height claims, but even if your accident type isn’t listed below, it’s likely we can still help. You can contact us on 0800 376 0150 for free to find out how we can help.
You may have fallen from scaffolding because it was incorrectly constructed, or didn’t have the correct safety railings – something that can cause serious injuries. If you’d like more information on scaffolding accident claims, you can visit our scaffolding accidents page here.
Ladder falls & warehouse steps
Your fall might have been caused due to a poorly maintained ladder or unsuitable warehouse steps, that you use as part of your job. If the ladder or steps you were using were broken or missing the correct anti-slip protection, and you fell as a result, then you may be able to make a claim against your employer.
We may also be able to help if you were advised to use warehouse steps on unsuitable floors and this led to you becoming injured – remember that your managers at work are responsible for your health and safety. If they give you bad advice and you follow it – it’s their fault, not yours.
Poor weather conditions or slippery surfaces
Your accident might have happened because of poor weather conditions while you were working outside. If so, we may be able to help you claim compensation, especially if your employer requested that you work in conditions that were clearly unsafe.
We may also be able to help you claim compensation if liquids are regularly spilt at your workplace – commonly this applies to the food and drinks industry. Your employer is responsible for making sure that you are safe from all hazards at work, and this includes slips.
We’ve helped thousands of people just like you connect with specialist solicitors across the UK. No matter where you live, we can help.
Why claim with us?
During that time, we’ve helped over 2 million people understand whether they have a claim, and we can help you too. Your injury matters, and so does your recovery.
Making a claim with us takes away the stress of choosing the right solicitor for your type of claim, as we’ll connect you with a specialist no win no fee solicitor firm that specialises in cases just like yours.