Have you been involved in a scaffolding accident that wasn’t your fault and been injured as a result? Regardless of whether you are a construction site worker or member of the public, if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation for a scaffolding accident.
In accordance with UK law, all employers are legally required to have set health and safety policies and procedures actively in place for them to be able to provide a safe working environment. With some industries like the construction industry, it is even more necessary for care to be taken in regards to health and safety as there is naturally a greater risk of an accident taking place resulting in serious injuries or even death.
If you have been injured due to a scaffolding accident that wasn’t your fault, we can help you to file a personal injury claim and get you the compensation you deserve. Just call Legal Helpline on 0161 696 9685 for free help and advice on how to start your claim. Before calling us though, have a read through this guide to get an informative overview on what claiming compensation for a scaffolding accident involves.
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This guide has been developed in order to give information regarding making scaffolding accident injury claims and what they involve. In the guide you will find the answers to many of the questions that you may have so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you want to proceed with your scaffolding accident claim. Information such as what you should do if you have a scaffolding accident, who is liable for your injuries, what are the common injuries sustained in a scaffolding accident and how do they influence the final settlement figure of your claim, and much more can be found within the guide.
We also explain the benefits of using an experienced personal injury solicitor to conduct your claim on your behalf, and explain how our no win no fee policy at Legal Helpline can allow you to get the legal assistance you require without any financial risks.
Scaffolding accident statistics show that there are a number of scaffolding accidents, injuries and deaths that happen each year. According to the NASC, National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, 36 major scaffolding incidents took place, with 69 injuries reported to have lasted longer than seven days in terms of their symptoms. The HSE, Health and Safety Executive, report that 49% of fatal accidents within the construction industry are from incidents involving falling from a height.
The HSE have taken into consideration that scaffolding is a risky occupation especially if care is not taken to ensure things are done correctly when erecting, using or dismantling scaffolding. Therefore, they have designed a specialised checklist that is specific to scaffolders and employers are expected to adhere to all of the checkpoints on the list. The checklist includes points such as ensuring that there is a level of training and competence reached before erecting or dismantling the scaffolding, and to make sure the scaffolding itself is regularly checked and maintained to make sure it is in safe workable condition before using. The HSE checklist can be seen in full by following the link at the end of this guide.
In order to make a successful claim for compensation for a scaffold accident, you need to be able to firstly establish who was responsible for your accident, and secondly to prove their liability.
In the case of scaffolding accident injury claims, or any accident claims actually, the liability of the party involved in the accident is generally based on negligence. As far as legalities are concerned, negligence basically means there has been a failure to act on the duty of care in regards to health and safety legally required to be followed by all businesses, individuals and employers.
Unfortunately, proving this liability, or negligence, can be difficult to do as very often there are numerous parties involved in the erection, use and dismantling of the scaffold and so any one of these could possibly be responsible for your injury. Examples of the different parties that may be involved are:
- The construction company in charge of the site – They are expected to uphold the necessary health and safety scaffolding regulations in accordance with the Construction design and Management Regulations, failure to do so could be seen as negligence.
- An employee of the construction company in charge – If they individually ignored the health and safety regulations set out by their employer resulting in an accident or if they behaved irresponsibly, then they themselves could be found liable.
- Materials Manufacturer – If a company supplied the Construction company in charge faulty materials which resulted in an accident, then they could be liable.
Proven liability is key to any successful personal injury claim. If you are unsure who is responsible for your accident, speaking to an experienced personal injury lawyer and discussing the details surrounding your case will initially at this stage be the best course of action to take.
Scaffolding accidents are often thought of as being generally a straight forward accident, but actually this isn’t always true. Scaffolding accidents may occur due to a whole variety of different reasons and can happen not only to construction workers and employees, but also to members of the public as well.
The most common causes are:
- The main cause of scaffolding accidents, mainly among construction employees, are accidents due to slips, trips and falls. Falling off of a scaffold especially from a high height can result in devastating, severe injuries particularly to the back and legs, can cause potential brain damage if a head injury occurs and even death.
- Accidents that are also common and often involve members of the public, are those where an object has fallen off of the scaffold and hit someone. The objects most likely to fall from the scaffold will be tools, roof tiles and other building materials, which due to them often being very heavy, can cause serious injuries in particular head and brain injuries.
Common injuries that are sustained from a scaffolding accident are:
- Broken or fractured bones.
- Back Injuries.
- Leg injuries.
- Internal and external lacerations.
- Head trauma and / or brain damage.
Regardless of how the accident happened, if you have been injured in a scaffolding accident and it wasn’t your fault, you may make a claim for compensation. Contact Legal Helpline for further help and advice.
Due to the fact that no-one ever plans to have an accident and when an accident does occur, it can leave you feeling shocked and confused, knowing what to do in the event of an accident or incident taking place can be somewhat confusing.
The first step and most important thing to do initially is to seek medical attention, whether it be calling an ambulance, or taking yourself to the local hospital depending on the severity of your injury.
Once you have received medical care and feel more able, you may consider making a compensation for a scaffolding accident claim. Regardless of whether you were a construction employee, or a member of the public, gathering evidence in support of your claim will help to build a strong case ready to take to a claims court. In order to do this, you should try to do the following:
- Proving liability – This is crucial for your claim to be successful. Make sure your accident has been recorded in the appropriate accident record book with the firm in charge of the scaffolding, apart from being a legal requirement, this is also proof that the accident took place. Also try to collect witnesses details so that they can be contacted to give a statement of events when your accident occurred.
- Proving negligence – This can be quite tricky and certainly never straight forward. You will need to look into who or what company was in charge, what their legal obligations are, who owns the scaffolding involved in the accident and who owns the premises on which the scaffold was on and so forth. Look into the regulations that should have been followed and any pitfalls in the duty of care of those in charge that could be classed as negligence.
- Evidence of injury – You will be required to prove you have an injury resulting from the accident and be able to show it’s severity and the effect it has had on your quality of life. By seeking medical attention in the beginning, a medical report will have been written stating the nature of your injury, the severity, recommended treatments and long term prognosis, also any x-rays or scans will also be included in this.
Acquiring legal help with gathering evidence to support your claim can be very advantageous. If you instruct us to conduct your claim for you, we can investigate the details surrounding your accident in greater depth and make sure that no stone is left unturned. We have years of experience in dealing with these types of personal injury claims and so can make sure that you have a really strong case before heading to court.
If you work on a construction site and have been injured due to a scaffolding accident, there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration if you intend to claim compensation. First and foremost, negligence will need to be proven. You will need to make the claim as a workers claim for compensation against your employer as they are most likely to be the negligent party in any case regarding scaffolding accident claims. By claiming against your employer as a company, you are protecting individuals within the company as the company’s employer’s liability insurance should cover these types of claims. The claim process will follow a certain path as determined by the regulations of employee/employer.
Problems can sometimes arise however when making a claim as a construction site employee. For example, your case can lose credibility if the accident was not recorded in the employers accident record book at the time, gathering witness statements can help, but ultimately, an official record of the accident will carry more weight in the eyes of the law.
People often mistakenly assume that scaffolding accidents only happen to those who work on construction sites, but this is not the case at all. Although accidents occur more commonly to those on site, accidents involving scaffolding can also occur to members of the public.
In such cases, the injured party may refer to the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957 in order to make a compensation claim. The occupier of any premises must adhere to health and safety regulations that ensure a safe environment for all those who enter their premises, and so if something were to fall off of the scaffold, for example, and injure you, it will the occupiers responsibility as they should’ve taken necessary precautions in order to prevent anything falling and hitting someone below the scaffold.
An experienced personal injury solicitor will be able to offer greater clarification on this matter.
In the UK, there is a personal injury claims time limit of three years. Basically this means that you have exactly three years from the date of your accident to start a compensation claim and initiate court proceedings.
However, there are some exceptions to this ruling. Some injuries may appear of time and so trying to pinpoint an actual accident date is not possible, these types of injuries often occur in the workplace such as Repetitive Strain Injuries or Asbestosis for example, and so the three year time limit will start from the day of the claimant’s diagnosis. Also, where children are involved, the three year time limit is slightly different and doesn’t start until they turn 18. So, for someone who has been injured as a child, if no-one launched a compensation claim for them, they have until their 21st birthday once they have turned 18 to start a claim for themselves.
In most cases where a scaffolding accident is involved though, an accident date is usually obvious as the injuries are generally immediate, and so the three year time limit will start from that date.
When claiming compensation for a scaffolding accident, there are a number of things to take into consideration that can be included in your claim, such as:
- General Damages – This part of the compensation award is made up of the physical and psychological aspects of your claim and will be greatly influenced by the type and severity of your injury and their effects on your quality of life and well-being. The more severe the injury and impact on your quality of living, the higher the compensation award amount will be.
- Medical Costs – Any medical costs you have incurred directly as a consequence of your injury will need to be included. These may be private treatments, prescription fees, specialised medical equipment etc.
- Travel costs – Any travelling costs incurred due to your accident can be included, as can the costs of any essential vehicle adaptions. As long as the costs are of a direct consequence of your injury they can be included.
- Care Claim – If you have needed extra care and help around the home, you can also launch a care claim.
- Loss of earnings – Any loss of earnings should be recovered in your claim including any potential future loss of earnings or promotional benefits etc.
In order to include the extra costs you have incurred into your claim, proof of the costs must be produced and so it is really important to keep all records and receipts of monies paid out due to your injury.
The amount of compensation for a scaffolding accident will vary from one person to the next, no one case is the same and so giving an exact answer to this question is near-on impossible at this stage.
However, by taking into account the latest judicial guidelines for personal injury claims, we can show the average award amount for certain injuries in accordance with their severity.
|Reason for Compensation||Average Award Amounts||Comments|
|Minor to Severe Back Injuries||£2,150 - £141,150|
|Minor to Severe Leg Injuries||£7,990 - £247,280||The higher end of the bracket is for those who have had to have both legs amputated. The lower end of the bracket is for a simple fracture of one leg.|
|Minor to Severe Head Injuries||£1,940 - £354,260||The higher end of the bracket is for those suffering with severe brain damage leaving the claimant in a vegetative state. The lower end is for those with minor injuries where full recovery is expected within a couple of months.|
|Minor to Severe Shoulder Injuries||£2,150 - £42,110|
|Minor to Severe Pelvis or Hip Injury||£3,460 - £114,810|
|Minor to Severe Arm Injuries||£5,810 - £263,060||The higher amount is for amputation of both arms, the lesser amount for simple fractures or breaks.|
|Minor to Severe Wrist Injuries||£3,090 - £52,490|
|Minor to Severe Hand Injuries||£800 - £179,660|
|Minor to Severe Knee Injuries||£12,050 - £84,360|
|Minor to Severe Ankle Injuries||£12,050 - £61,110|
|Minor to Severe Foot Injuries||£6,140 - £176,660||The higher amount is for amputation of both feet, the lower amount for simple fractures and breaks.|
|Loss of Earnings||£5,000 - £500,000||The amount awarded will depend on the claimants current paygrade.|
Each case will be treated on its own individual basis of circumstances and so we must be clear in saying that these amounts are averages and by no means a guarantee of what amount you may be awarded.
Legal Helpline offer a no win no fee policy. In basic terms, this simply means that we only ask for payment, if we win your case for you, if we do not win, we do not charge you any fees and will not be expected to pay us anything at all.
No win no fee is another name given for a Conditional Fee Agreement. This agreement outlines our professional relationship and the responsibilities we have as your legal representatives and the expectations we have of you as our client. It also states that no monies are paid to us except in the occurrence that we win your case for you and in these circumstances your fee will be taken as a small percentage, which can legally only be a maximum of 25%, of your final settlement award.
With our no win no fee policy, there are no upfront costs or in fact any costs during the whole process and so allowing you to have fantastic legal representation without any of the financial risk often associated with personal injury claims. By using our service, you not only dramatically increase your chances of a successful outcome, but also you get to hire legal help without the worry and stress of any negative effects on your current finances.
The panel of solicitors at Legal Helpline have been specialising in the personal injury claims industry for many years and have a wealth of experience in handling scaffolding accident injury claims.
We offer a fantastic customer service and always strive to get the best results for our clients with every single claim that we take on. We are a reliable, honest and friendly team that put your health, quality of life, and well-being as the focus point of the claim to make sure that we get you the maximum compensation award that we can for you.
A sincere and emphatic approach is something that we feel is incredibly important when dealing with personal injury claims as we understand that you may be experiencing a very painful and traumatic time at the moment and so want to make the claiming process proceed as smoothly and as quickly as possible so that you can concentrate on your recovery.
If you choose us to be your legal representatives, you can rest assure that your claim will be in the best hands and will be dealt with in a professional and timely manner with the aim of getting you the compensation you deserve.
If you’d like help and guidance on your scaffolding accident claim, call Legal Helpline today on 0161 696 9685.
We will offer you a free, no obligation, consultation where you can freely discuss your claim, asking as many questions in regards to your claim as you wish. We will also use this time to gather the facts surrounding your case from you so that we can make an informed decision as to whether we think you have a valid case.
If you have a legitimate case, we will offer to take on your case for you and proceed with your claim on your behalf under a no win no fee agreement.
We may also offer you a free local medical if we feel this could be of benefit.
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident at work this link explains more on the process of claiming compensation for workplace accidents.
This link leads to the HSE website and gives details of the scaffolding checklist as mentioned earlier in the guide.
The HSE site explains what the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is and what is included in the legislation.