If you know anything about the types of injuries that could result from a fall from height, you will know that fall from height claims are common in such instances, when a third party was at fault. Every employer and responsible person should take steps to prevent a fall from height, to avoid the chance of one happening to begin with. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 states that work at height should only take place where there is no other alternative and where it is absolutely necessary. Of course, there are some jobs where working at height is inevitable.
If you are a commercial window cleaner, a roofer or a construction worker, it’s likely you are going to have to work at height at some point. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to be injured in an accident though – it is all about how seriously your employer takes health and safety, as it is their duty to keep you safe at work.
Are you eligible to seek compensation after your accident?
There’s a quick and easy way to see right now if you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline handles thousands of fall from height claims every year, and these are the questions we hope you can answer ‘yes’ to:
- Did your accident happen in the last three years?
- Did you sustain injuries in the accident?
- Was somebody else at fault for your accident?
- Did you seek medical attention for your injuries?
A positive response to these questions means it’s likely that you’ll be able to make a claim. Even if you’re not sure who is at fault for your accident, you can get in touch with us and we’ll help you with any fall from height claims.
How do falls from height happen?
Falls from height could happen at any time, anywhere you are working at height. For example, you could fall from unstable scaffolding, fall through an open roof light that is covered and not visible, or even fall from a ladder whilst working at height. You could fall in a warehouse, an office or even a shop stock room whilst trying to reach stock. You’d be surprised how many injuries each year are caused by faulty ladders, or people using ladders in an unsafe manner. Training is essential to prevent accidents from happening, and ultimately the responsibility lies with your employer. It is their job to keep you safe at work, and this includes things like ensuring you receive the training you need to work safely and ensuring that equipment, such as ladders or other safety equipment, is well maintained and safe to use. If you are working at height as a window cleaner or roofer, your employer should really provide you with some sort of harness or safety equipment, and if this is faulty, it can result in injuries and, subsequently, fall from height claims.
Treatment for fall from height injuries
Injuries sustained after a fall from height can range from minor injuries such as cuts, bruises and fractures, to serious, life-changing injuries and even fatalities. If somebody you love has been killed in a fall from height accident then there’s a chance you could make a claim for compensation on their behalf. Or perhaps you yourself have sustained life-changing injuries such as a spinal injury that has left you paralysed or a head injury that means you need 24/7 care at home. These types of injuries can attract a substantial personal injury settlement, but that’s not to say that it is not worth claiming even if you have sustained minor injuries. Cuts, bruises, broken bones and minor head injuries such as a concussion can still be eligible for compensation, and it’s well worth getting in touch with us to find out more.
Seeking urgent treatment for injuries sustained from a fall from height is paramount. It is often the case that you cannot be certain of how serious a person’s injuries would be following a fall from height. Some may be lucky and escape with only minor injuries, while another person may suffer life-changing injuries.
Understanding why you might make fall from height claims
One question arises frequently in these situations: who is liable for a fall from height? If you are working, your employer is responsible for ensuring you are safe if working at height. If you fall, they may be held liable if they did not follow health and safety procedures and precautions.
Claiming compensation for a fall from height might also be possible if you were in a public place, or somewhere where a third party was responsible for the site, and you experienced a similar fall. For example, were you on the balcony at a hotel or restaurant when it collapsed? Were you on the upper level of a shopping centre when a panel gave way and you fell? These are rare examples, but these types of accidents can and do happen. Ultimately, if somebody else is responsible for your accident then you are entitled to make a fall from height claim, whoever that somebody else may be. In the case of workplace accidents it is generally your employer who is held liable, but that doesn’t mean you should feel hesitant about making a claim.
Ask us if we can help you now
If you are considering making a claim for a fall from height, you can begin by speaking to someone who is trained in assessing personal injury claims. We can help you with this, as we have over 16 years’ experience behind us, and have assisted others in similar situations before, too. If you’re coping with injuries suffered in a fall, perhaps now is the time to find out whether you could claim compensation.
Our solicitors have handled fall from height claims before, so if you have a good argument to make for a claim, you can get more information from us today on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone. Accident Advice Helpline is ready to assist you in any way we can, and you’re only a call away from finding out more.
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