Scaffolding is erected to enable work to be carried out at height and is particularly common in the construction industry. Should the scaffolding collapse is possible that workers standing on it at the time, along with anyone underneath it, might be struck by falling debris. If you have been the victim of this type of accident it may be possible for you to make a collapsing scaffolding accident claim.
When contemplating such a course of action it is always advisable to consult with a solicitor who has experience in dealing with this kind of personal injury claim. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are a personal injury law firm with a team of solicitors that specialises in this area of the law.
Injuries from collapsing scaffolding accidents
Falling from a height when scaffolding collapses, or being hit by falling scaffolding, carries the risk of sustaining a whole host of injuries, such as head trauma, fractured skull, broken bones and concussion. Lesser injuries might include cement burns to the eyes and skin.
After being injured in this type of accident it is essential that you seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Even if you are lucky enough to walk away, apparently unscathed, you should still be examined by a doctor as some injuries may not become apparent for a number of days.
Claiming for a collapsing scaffolding accident
To make a successful claim the accident should not have been caused by your actions and you have to prove that someone else was negligent in their duty of care in relation to UK health and safety regulations. Typical examples would be that the scaffolding was not erected correctly or an absence of safety signage.
When you contact one of our legal advisers at Accident Advice Helpline, they will try and ascertain whether you have grounds for making a collapsing scaffolding claim. This will be determined by your own recollections of the accident and also statements provided by anyone who witnessed the incident. Your doctor’s report could also prove crucial, as the extent of your injuries could well determine the amount of compensation awarded should your claim be successful.
The compensation awarded is intended to cover a number of expenses, such as any loss of earnings incurred as a result of being unable to work while recovering. Your treatment may involve medical and rehabilitation costs and if the injuries have been extremely serious you may be left either temporarily or permanently disabled, perhaps requiring a lifetime of care. The claim will therefore also seek the finances to cover such issues, along with any alterations that may be required to your home.
The liable party, such as your employer, may make an offer to settle out of court, which will speed up the entire process. While this is usually the preferred option you may well feel that the compensation offered is inadequate. In these circumstances, after consulting with you, we will arrange representation in the courtroom.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we operate a scheme designed to ensure that anyone, regardless of their financial situation, is able to receive first class legal representation without the fear of receiving a potentially crippling legal bill at the end of the process. Call us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: December 10, 2013
Author: David Brown