Fall from Height Accident Claim
Falls from height can cause very serious and often life changing injuries.
Such injuries can include fractured bones as well as spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. In the worst cases, a fall from height can be fatal.
Official statistics show that nearly half of all accidents on construction sites are falls from height.
The most common causes of falls from height
Many injuries occur when workers fall off ladders, scaffolding and unprotected edges. Construction workers, scaffolders and roofers have the highest risk of falling at work, but other workers such drivers can also fall from height.
Regardless of the profession, falls from height can occur in many ways including:
- Use of stepladders when it would be safer to use a platform.
- Use of stepladders in an unsafe manner.
- Using a ladder without making sure that the ladder is properly positioned or with a colleague holding the ladder securely.
- Carrying tools or equipment up or down ladders.
- Using a ladder with a too steep or too small angle of inclination.
- Using a tower scaffold that has not been built properly.
- Failing to erect scaffolding properly, so that it is insecure, or not fitting toe boards.
- Mismatched boards after erection of the scaffolding.
- Falling off the back or side of a lorry.
In our experience, employers do not think about the risk to employees that the job entails. There can be issues from poor planning, lack of training and lack of the right equipment. Employers expect their employees to get on with the job, sometimes having to work out themselves what to do, and often under great pressure to get the job done quickly.
If your employer fails to act as a responsible employer and as a result you fall from height and suffer injury, then you can claim against them for compensation.
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.
What should you do after a fall at work
Being in an accident can be overwhelming and you may not know what to do.
Immediate medical attention is essential and you should call an ambulance.
Once you are well enough to take action, you should make sure that your employer has completed an accident report, get photographs of the scene of the accident if possible and get in touch with us a quickly as possible.
See an example of how Levenes’ serious injury claim solicitors were able to help a client who sustained injury as a result of a fall at work.
Make a fall from height compensation claim
In order to succeed, we need to show that your injuries were caused in the accident as a result of the fault of your employer.
Levenes Solcitors have many years of experience of handling this type of compensation claim. We offer you a personal approach with full attention to make sure you receive the maximum compensation that you deserve.
We have a proven track record in these cases with hundreds of years of combined experience.
You need expert advice on the action you can take. You can trust the knowledge and experience of our team of lawyers to get you the best possible result.
What does the law say
Under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 work at height should be avoided wherever possible. If the job can be done without working at height, then that is how the job should be done.
Sadly, all too often employers do not think about how to safely perform work without having to work at height. For example, a painter may be able to paint a ceiling with a long roller rather than a ladder, but ladders are often used because that is how the job was traditionally done.
If the work cannot be performed without working at height, your employer must assess the risk and then plan and supervise the work at height and provide the appropriate equipment, so that the job can be done as safely as possible.
Your employer must take appropriate and sufficient measures to prevent a fall, if reasonably practicable. If you do fall, then your employer will need to produce evidence of their risk assessments and show what safety measures they put in place to prevent your accident.
What can I claim?
We always aim to obtain for you the highest possible compensation for your injuries. In addition, we will claim for your:
- Loss of earnings
- Care and Assistance
- Treatment costs
- Travel and transport costs
- Aids and appliances
- Prosthetics in cases of amputation
- Costs of adaptation of your home
We obtain reports from the best experts and follow their recommendations for treatment to try to maximise your recovery form the accident.