It is a well-known fact that construction sites are dangerous places, and unfortunately construction accidents are an inevitability. For anyone working on a construction site there is the potential for falling from heights off scaffolding, being struck by falling objects, being crushed, being injured by defective equipment, electrocution or suffering muscle strains of one form or another. A failure to provide construction workers with appropriate protective clothing can also lead to injury.
All workplaces, including construction sites, are governed by strict health and safety regulations. Unfortunately, there are sites that do not measure up to these standards and even on those where health and safety is taken seriously, the standards can sometimes be become lax, putting the wellbeing and sometimes lives of construction workers at risk. The result can be anything from slight to calamitous injuries being suffered, or at worst could result in building workers experiencing severe disability or even death.
If the construction company or contractor has been remiss in their application of health and safety regulations the injured worker may be able to make a construction accident claim. If you are a construction worker who has been injured on a site there are certain steps you should take.
As soon after the accident as possible you should see a doctor, even if you feel perfectly well. This is because an injury may not be immediately apparent. Your doctor’s notes will also provide important information when it comes to submitting a claim. If the construction accident claim is successful those doctor’s notes could have a significant bearing on the size of the settlement.
For anyone to receive compensation, whether for construction accidents or any other type, the claimant has to be proved not to have been responsible. In the case of a construction site related claim it is likely to be the negligence of your employer that has led to your injury, but this has to be proved. This can be done by obtaining the names and addresses of eye-witnesses; their testimony can go a long way towards proving that you were not responsible for the accident.
Seeking specialist assistance
If you have been the victim of an onsite injury and feel you should put in a claim for construction accident compensation you are strongly advised to seek specialist assistance. This is because your employer may well deny liability; even if they do accept responsibility, they may offer much less than you might actually be entitled to.
Our experienced construction accident solicitors will be able to assist and advise you with your claim and ensure your interests are protected. Our specialist legal team will determine whether or not you have a case for compensation and if you do will pursue your claim and try and ensure a positive outcome.
No win, no fee*
Many construction workers are put off trying to seek compensation for injuries suffered on building sites because they feel it will be too costly. Anyone using our compensation accident solicitors need have no such fears, because we will open the case at no cost to you. In addition, we operate on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, which means if your claim is successful you receive all your compensation and if it fails there are no fees to pay.
Date Published: October 1, 2013
Author: David Brown