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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Compensation for injuries caused by incompetent builders


    Every now and then people have cause to have building work done, whether it is at home or at their business premises. This could be essential building work, or perhaps renovation work of some kind. Building jobs can range from the fairly basic and straightforward jobs to those that are far more complex and will therefore take far longer to complete. The one thing you wouldn’t want in any situation would be to hire incompetent builders to do the work for you.

    This is why we all take care to consider the criteria and experience offered by any builders we might be considering hiring. No one knowingly hires incompetent builders but you may not realise when you hire someone that they are not prepared for the job you have in mind. If you end up being injured through the work they do, you might have good cause to claim for compensation.

    Why might you be injured?

    Building sites can be potentially dangerous if appropriate steps aren’t taken to keep them safe. For example you shouldn’t simply be allowed to wander in and out of the building site while work is being done. If you do have cause to be there you should be given a hard hat before entering the site and people should know you are there. If this does not happen and you are injured as a result, it could point to negligence on the part of the builders.

    In other cases more severe errors made by incompetent builders could mean the building itself is put in jeopardy. For instance if load-bearing walls are removed or compromised in any way, this could lead to the building collapsing. If other people are inside at the time they could receive injuries that are potentially serious in nature.

    Avoiding injury is the best solution

    Every responsible builder will know their obligations under the health and safety laws. They will know how they must ensure everyone on-site is safe and how to ensure the work they do is safe and does not compromise the building itself.

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    If you have been injured because a builder has not followed these rules and regulations, do contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. You could also try our 30-second online test to see whether you would be able to make a no win, no fee* claim, so why not try now?

    Date Published: June 12, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.