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Making a compensation claim after falling from height

Falling from height is a terrifying experience and can have a huge impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing.

Not only do the injuries caused by falling from height affect your health and personal life, but they can also have a financial impact which could extend to your family and friends. 

Unfortunately, falls from height can often cause serious or even life-changing injuries. If you've suffered from this type of injury, 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 fall from height compensation you could receive could help you take the first steps towards recovery.

You can get in touch with us for free on for confidential advice and to find out whether we think you're eligible to make a claim.

There are no obligations when you get in touch with us. But if you decide you'd like to go ahead, we can connect you to a specialist solicitor straight away.

Am I eligible to make a fall from height claim?

The simplest way to know if you're eligible for compensation for your fall from height injuries is to get in touch with us. Our advisors are legally trained and will be able to let you know 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 eligible. 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 fall from height claim, there's more information on our “am I eligible?' page.

Can I make a claim after falling from height at work?

There are clear regulations outlined by the Government regarding your safety to avoid working at height accidents - 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 required to take action to make sure you're safe at work. This includes carrying out the necessary risk assessments and providing the correct training under The Work at Height Regulations 2005 act.

If they've failed in their duty of care to you and you've suffered an injury, then we can help you make a claim. You're not to blame for your fall from height injury, and you shouldn't be left out of pocket, or in pain, without the compensation you deserve.

Which jobs are most at risk from falls from height?

There are clearly going to be some professions and tasks that have more risk than others when it comes to fall from height injuries.

If you were not provided with the correct training, equipment or support and you fell and injured yourself then it's likely you'll have a compensation claim.

Below is a list of some professions we know to be at higher risk of falling from height accidents

  • Construction workers
  • Architects
  • Window cleaners and installers
  • Roofers
  • Engineers
  • Warehouse operatives
  • Sales assistants and stock takers
  • Insulators

Will my claim negatively affect my employer?

You may have a concern that making a fall from height claim will have a negative impact on your employer. This is a common worry, but it's grounded in 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 for your fall from height accident.

It's very unlikely you'll need to appear in court - find out more here.

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.

It's very unlikely you'll need to appear in court - find out more here.

Are there different types of falls from height?

Yes, there are many injuries caused by a fall from height. Below are some common types 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 for free to find out how we can help.

Scaffolding accidents

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.

Ladder falls 

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, you may be able to make a ladder accident claim against your employer.

Warehouse steps accidents

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.

We've helped thousands of people just like you connect with specialist solicitors across the UK. Request a callback from one of our advisors now to discuss your fall from height claim.

Injuries caused by a fall from height are often serious or life-altering and 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.

How can compensation help with a serious injury?

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 fall from height accident and make plans for your future.

We realise you may be unsure as to whether we would consider your case to be serious. The below can help you understand what we consider to be a serious injury:

  • Lengthy or repeated hospital visits
  • Significant time off work
  • Significant change to your lifestyle/everyday life
  • Care needed or given 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 . They'll listen to everything you have to say and can let you know if the injuries you sustained from falling from height make you eligible to claim. When you contact us there's no obligation to claim and your conversation and details will be kept confidential.

Frequently asked questions...

Proving liability in a claim is about establishing blame in four key areas. 

Duty: did the party you hold responsible for your injury owe you a legal duty of care?  

Breach: did they breach that duty by acting (or failing to act) in a particular way?  

Causation: did their actions (or absence of them) cause your injuries? 

Damages: were you injured by their actions or inactions? 

No. National Accident Helpline is a brand that belongs to the personal injury legal practice National Accident Law. We’re regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the independent professional ethics body that licenses all solicitors in England and Wales. Our SRA number is 655606.

Claims management companies (CMCs) are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). CMCs do not have their own legal practices. 

We process personal injury claims as part of National Accident Law. We also work with a national network of specialist personal injury legal firms who we vet very carefully to provide you with the best possible customer experience.

With us, you’re in safe and highly-capable hands.

How much compensation will I receive?

As fall from height injuries vary in their severity, we are unable to provide you with potential compensation award details up front. Many factors will be considered when you make a claim, including financial losses you have endured as a result of your injury and adjustments made to your life.

The guidelines for general damages are set by The Judicial College, which is part of the Ministry of Justice. Below we've included some examples from the latest guidelines covering the kind of injuries that can occur with falls from height - and the general damages they attract.

Injury typeCompensation amounts
Head injury£1,760 - £322,060
Facial injury£1,360 - £322,060
Whiplash (with recovery in 1-2 years)£300 - £6,290
Moderate shoulder injury£6,290 - £10,180
Back injury causing permanent symptoms£9,970 - £22,130
Hip or pelvis injury£3,150 - £104,370
Fractured forearm£5,280 - £15,300
Wrist injury£2,810 - £47,720
Ankle injury£10,960 - £55,560

Why not check our compensation calculator to give you a rough indication of falls from height compensation? All you have to do is answer a handful of simple questions about your accident and it will provide you with an estimated award amount.

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Can I make a fall from height claim on a no win no fee basis?

Yes, in most cases you will be able to make a fall from height compensation claim under a no win no fee agreement. In fact, the majority of our personal injury claims are made this way. 

A no win no fee agreement is a cost-effective way to make your claim, providing you have the right insurance in place. Don't worry, we can help you sort out insurance coverage if you don't have it.

In a very small amount of cases, it isn't possible to make a no win no fee claim. Your solicitor will advise you on this before proceeding with your claim, allowing you to decide if it's right for you.

Why claim with us?

Experienced - Serving the nation for over 26 years.
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Trusted - Rated 'Excellent' on Trustpilot with more reviews than any other Helpline.
National - Every day, we help 100's of people across the UK who've been injured in accidents.

We're proud to be the UK's most trusted personal injury specialists. We've been working with personal injury and accident claims for years.

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.

Talk to an advisor today

To discuss your injuries sustained from falling from height and to start your fall from height compensation claim, contact our advisors on now, or request a callback for a time that suits you.

A fall from height can have a severe impact on both someone's physical and mental health.

Most people rarely come into contact with the legal system, so when they do, it can feel like a confusing place to be. It's rewarding to be able to put them at ease and give them the impartial advice they need.

Zebastian Darroch

Legal Support Advisor, National Accident Helpline