Despite improvements in construction site safety in recent years, construction sites can still be dangerous places to work. According to the Health & Safety Executive, over half a million working days are lost each year as a result of injuries on construction sites.
Injuries on construction sites can arise from a number of sources, including:
- Working in dangerous environments
- Working at height
- Falling objects
- Defective equipment and machinery
- Being struck by site vehicles
- Manual handling and lifting heavy objects
As well as injuries, the construction industry is also a source of industrial diseases with over 30,000 new cases reported annually. These can arise from contact with hazardous substances and chemicals, the use of vibrating plant or machinery, or exposure to high levels of noise.
If you have been injured or contracted an industrial disease on a construction site, a construction accident claim solicitor may be able to help you claim compensation for your injury or illness.
Can I claim compensation?
If you have been injured in the last three years and your injury was someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim compensation. For disease claims, you must claim within three years of discovering that you have contracted the disease.
Your employer does not have to have done something specific to be deemed at fault for your injury or disease. They can also be deemed to be at fault if they did not provide you with adequate personal protective equipment or failed to provide you with the training that you needed.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on a number of factors, including:
- the nature of your injury or disease
- whether you have had to take any unpaid time off work as a result
- how much you have incurred by way of out-of-pocket expenses
- what impact your injury or disease will have on your future job prospects
You can find out whether you have a valid claim by taking the unique 30-second test on the Accident Advice Helpline website.
How can a construction accident claim solicitor help me?
To stand the best chance of getting the full amount of compensation that you deserve you should speak to a specialist construction accident claim solicitor.
Accident Advice Helpline (AAH) is a UK law firm that works with hundreds of solicitors that specialise in helping people claim personal injury compensation. All of these solicitors work on a no win, no fee basis.
A construction accident claim solicitor can usually handle your claim over the telephone, although you may need to attend a specialist medical assessment. Claimants do not usually need to attend court.
AAH has been helping people with their compensation claims for over fifteen years. Its patron is consumer champion and TV personality Esther Rantzen. Call AAH on their freephone numbers 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 25th May 2013
Author: David Brown