Over the years, building site regulations have improved to try and keep builders, labourers and visitors as safe as possible. As a result, building sites are now safer than ever with companies putting health and safety above the speed of the build. However, accidents on a building site can and still do happen and can lead to very serious injuries. Importantly, if you’ve been injured in an accident on a building/construction site due to negligence, you may be eligible to make a building site accident claim for compensation.
Our specialist personal injury solicitors have been claiming compensation for clients for many years. They’re committed to achieving the highest level of compensation possible and your claim will be less stressful if it is accepted because of their No Win No Fee service.
If you’d rather give our team a call right now for free legal advice and to discuss a building site accident claim, please call them on 0800 6524 881.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Building Site Accident Claim?
- Types Of Negligence That Can Lead To Accidents On Building Sites
- Common Types Of Building Site Accidents
- Common Injuries Caused By Accidents On Building Sites
- What Types Of Evidence Can I Use For A Building Site Accident Claim?
- What’s The Time Limit For Claiming Building Site Accident Compensation?
- How Much Compensation For A Building Site Accident Could I Claim?
- Starting The Building Site Accident Claims Process
While everybody on site must follow health and safety regulations for the construction industry, if you are injured on a building site through no fault of your own, you may be able to seek damages for your suffering. For a personal injury solicitor to take on your case, you’ll need to show them that:
- Your employer/building site operator was negligent in some way and caused an accident; and
- You suffered an injury because of the accident.
Next, we will list some of the ways in which negligence could cause a building site accident to happen. In a later section, we shall look at what evidence you could supply to support a building site accident claim.
If you work on a building site, you probably know how important health and safety are. However, it is your employer’s responsibility for keeping staff as safe as possible whilst working on a construction site. If they are negligent in any way and you have been injured because of it, you would be well within your rights to seriously consider claiming compensation.
Many different types of negligence by employers could cause a building site accident and compensation claim including:
- Failure to carry out regular risk assessments.
- Not providing suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Failure to repair or maintain construction equipment.
- Failing to train staff on safe working practices.
- Not allowing staff adequate rest breaks meaning they become tired.
As we have suggested, not only will you need to prove how your employer/site operator was negligent, but you must also be able to demonstrate how serious your injuries were. That’s the reason we’ve previously said you should visit A&E for any building site injury to be assessed. Medical records from your visit can be obtained later to help you prove the extent of your suffering.
If you are interested in starting a building site accident claim, please feel free to get in touch today. We offer free legal advice on the claims process and a no-obligation review of your case.
There are many types of building site accidents that compensation could be claimed for if negligence can be proven. Some of the most common include:
- Falls from height. These are one of the most common types of injuries on building and construction sites and can result in serious injuries or even fatalities.
- Slips and trips. Slips and trips can happen due to uneven surfaces, poor lighting, or obstructions on walkways or scaffolds.
- Manual handling injuries. Lifting and carrying heavy loads can result in back injuries, shoulder injuries, and other types of musculoskeletal disorders.
- Electrical injuries. Electric shocks at work can occur due to faulty wiring, improper use of electrical equipment, or other hazards.
- Machinery-related injuries. Operating heavy machinery like cranes, bulldozers, or diggers on building sites can result in serious injuries if health and safety regs aren’t followed.
- Respiratory illnesses. Construction workers may be exposed to dust, fumes, and other hazardous substances that can cause respiratory illnesses like occupational asthma or silicosis.
Even if the type of building site accident you’ve been injured in isn’t listed above, do get in touch as we could still help to get you compensation if you weren’t to blame.
The list of injuries that a labourer, contractor or sub-contractor might suffer in a building site accident is too long to list here, but they commonly include:
Again, even though the injury you may have suffered might not be listed, you can still call our advisors to discuss what’s happened and the likelihood of making a claim.
Whatever the reason for the accident, there are some steps you should take at the time of the accident (or asap after it has happened). By doing so, you can make claiming compensation a lot easier. Those steps include:
- Reporting the building site accident so it is recorded in your employer’s accident report book. Some accidents will need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR regulations.
- Taking pictures of the building site accident scene. Ideally, this should be done as soon as possible and before the root cause can be removed. Also photos of all visible injuries you sustained.
- Visiting A&E or a minor injuries unit for assessment and treatment. This means the medical report could be used as evidence showing the extent of your injuries and the treatment you’ve had.
- Recording details of any witnesses who saw the accident on the building site take place.
- Obtaining copies of CCTV footage if your accident was recorded by a camera.
Taking these steps may help securing compensation easier. For example, an accident report form makes it difficult for an employer to deny the accident took place. If you’d like a free review of your case, please call our free claims advice line today.
Generally, when claiming compensation for a construction accident/building site injury, you will need to adhere to a 3-year time limit for accidents at work. In many cases, this will begin from the date your accident took place. However, there are some exceptions.
The first is where you don’t find out about your injuries until a later date. For example, if your employer failed to properly protect you from asbestos exposure, it may be many years or decades until you find out about the consequences. In these scenarios, the 3-year limitation period begins from the date of knowledge.
Another scenario is where a builder or visitor to a building site suffers serious injuries that mean they lose the mental capacity to claim. In these cases, the 3-year time limit doesn’t strictly apply and somebody else could claim on behalf of the injured person by becoming their litigation friend. However, if the injured person recovers and regains mental capacity, the 3-year time limit would start from when they recovered.
Our advice is to contact us as soon as possible. By doing so, you’ll give yourself and your solicitor (if your case is taken on) ample time to secure the evidence required to support your claim.
For more information on how to proceed with your claim, please call today. We don’t charge for your telephone consultation and you’ll be given free advice on your options.
Our solicitors are fully aware that if somebody loses a loved one unexpectedly in an accident on a building site, a compensation claim is not going to be an immediate priority. However, you might need urgent financial help to cope with rising living costs and also funeral expenses.
Our personal injury solicitors could help you with the fatal accident claims process, so please get in touch if you’d like to know more about how to claim compensation in those circumstances.
In truth, it is difficult to state here how much compensation you might receive for a building site accident. That’s essentially because every accident and injury is different meaning compensation payouts will vary from case to case. However, the list of factors to consider includes:
- The extent of any injuries (both physical and psychological).
- Whether you’ve incurred any costs or financial losses (loss of earnings, medical costs and travel expenses for example)
- The cost of replacing or repairing any personal property damaged in the accident.
When you call our team, a claims advisor will advise on what could be included in your claim relating to general and special damages.
We haven’t listed every possible building site injury compensation amount in our calculator below, but don’t worry, if you’ve been injured on a building site through no fault of your own, we could still help you claim compensation.
The compensation amounts we’ve provided use figures advised by the Judicial College for general damages. These are the figures solicitors/lawyers, insurers and courts can refer to when settling building site injury claims.
However, as we have already described, there is quite a lot of variance in compensation amounts because they are primarily based on injury severity. That means that any figures listed should be used as guidance only, at this point. Once your injuries have been properly assessed, and special damages are taken into account where applicable, the amount of compensation you could claim should become clearer.
Hopefully, you have found this guide on the building site accident claims process helpful. We believe the best chance of being compensated fairly comes from having a personal injury solicitor on your side.
If a solicitor from our team takes on your case, they may arrange for you to have a local medical assessment so that your injuries can be assessed. They’ll also present a concise and professional case on your behalf to the defendant. Where objections over liability for your building site accident or injuries are raised, your solicitor will attempt to counter them by supplying further evidence.
To get in touch and to start the ball rolling simply call us on 0800 6524 881. One of our trained advisors will talk you through the claims process and review your claim straight away. Remember, if your case is taken on, we’ll make everything as easy as possible for you. We’ll also remove a lot of the stress involved by providing a No Win No Fee service for your building site accident claim.