Where do you claim for compensation for a scaffolding fall or a similar construction site accidents?
Accident solicitors are specialists in dealing with personal injury claims. Not every law firm handles injury claims for construction site accidents and not every solicitor deals with injury claims either. You may have to contact quite a few law firms before you find what you are looking for in your local area. Be sure to speak to at least a couple of specialists before you decide on the next step. You will have numerous questions regarding the claims procedure and often issues come to light after your initial free consultation that you really would have been better knowing before appointing someone to handle your claim.
You can contact Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 and speak to an expert advisor about all your concerns regarding compensation for scaffolding fall or other construction site accidents.
Who qualifies for compensation for a scaffolding fall?
The general rule is that your accident must have happened within the last 3 years and the accident must have been the result of somebody else’s negligence.
The construction company you work for hired a subcontractor to erect scaffolding. Your employer did everything by the book: they took up reference on the subcontractor they hired and an onsite manager supervised the works. However, after the newly erected scaffolding had already been inspected by your employer’s onsite manager, the subcontractor made an alteration to the scaffold construction unbeknown to your employer and this lead to your accident, because safety railings had not been secured correctly.
In this scenario the scaffolding company is the negligent party and must pay compensation. Had your employer not followed safety procedures your employer would have been responsible for compensation for scaffolding fall accidents. It is likely though that your accident solicitor will be writing to your employer first and only when the exact circumstances of your accident have been ascertained will compensation be awarded.
You can visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and complete a simple 30-second test, which will assess if you qualify for compensation for your construction site accident. An online compensation calculator will estimate – based on the information you have provided about your injuries – how much compensation you are entitled to. There’s no guarantee you will be awarded that much but at least your accident solicitor can try.
Compensation for a scaffolding fall comprises of what exactly?
Your accident solicitor will make a claim on your behalf that will include money for pain and suffering, loss of income while you were recovering and any future loss of income, if your injury will prevent you from working for the same pay you had before your accident, any on-going medical treatment and also expenses such as travel to and from your GP’s surgery or hospital can also be included in an injury claim for compensation for construction site accidents.
Date Published: 5th September 2013
Author: David Brown