I slipped a disc falling off a ladder, can I claim? Accidents happen and sometimes the accident is not anyone’s fault, but if you have been injured and you feel that your injury was not your fault then talk to us at Accident Advice Helpline. Our lawyers are experienced in helping individuals with their personal injury claims and they will be able to tell you if you have a case for compensation.
Falling from a ladder is a common accident
Falling from a height is a common cause of accidents at work and home. Falling from a ladder can result in serious injuries and even death. In the UK, around 50 people are killed each year in accidents that involve a ladder. There are also more than 1,000 serious injuries and roughly 40,000 hospital visits every year as a result of a fall from a height.
Whenever an individual uses a ladder, whether it is at home or work, there is always a risk of falling. Employers who require their employees to use ladders as part of their work, for example scaffolders, labourers or construction workers, must ensure that the ladders are safe and that proper procedures are in place. There are special Health and Safety regulations that cover working at heights and all employers must comply with these regulations. If you have fallen from a ladder and hurt yourself while at work, you may be able to claim compensation.
Causes of falls
Individuals can fall from ladders for a variety of reasons, including the ladder being broken or not well- maintained, the ladder not being suitable for the job, no anti-slip or grip materials on the ladder steps and the ladder being unstable. The Health and Safety Executive provides additional guidelines on the safe use of ladders. Falls from a height are the most common cause of fatalities in the workplace and because of this, a strict duty of care is imposed on the owner of the premises, whether this is a workplace or an individual’s home. Simply telling people to take care is not acceptable.
If a ladder is sold to the public, it must be safe and well constructed. If an individual injures himself or herself by falling from the ladder and the ladder is later proved to be defective, then under the Consumer Protection Act of 1987 that individual is entitled to claim compensation from the seller or manufacturer of the ladder. In order to make a product liability claim you must have suffered your injury within the last 3 years and you have to have the receipt for the item.
Making a claim
Accidents at work or in the home can be serious and result in individuals having to take time off work and incurring additional expenses such as travel expenses, prescriptions and medication. If your personal injury claim is successful, you will be able to claim for these additional items provided you retain receipts. Our expert lawyers will be able to advise you on what you can claim for and what evidence you should provide to support your claim. If you have suffered an injury due to falling from a ladder and think that you might have a valid claim, call our free 24-hour helpline.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown