You might think that if you’re injured whilst working on scaffolding, it’s just one of those things – or an occupational hazard. However, employers in construction have a duty of care to try and keep their staff as safe as possible. They must also try to make sure that members of the public are safe when passing near or under scaffolding. If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident as a result of somebody else’s negligence, this guide will explain how the claims process works and how much compensation you might be awarded.
We are here to help if you do decide to take action. Initially, we’ll review your claim during a no-obligation consultation. You can ask questions and we’ll provide free legal advice about your chances. If the claim appears to have a realistic chance of success, we’ll connect you with one of our personal injury solicitors. You won’t need to pay them any legal fees unless you’re compensated because all accepted scaffold accident claims are handled on a No Win No Fee basis.
To find out if you could claim compensation for a scaffolding accident, please call us today on 0800 6524 881. To find out more before contacting our team, please read on.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make A Scaffolding Accident Claim?
- Accidents While Working On Scaffolding
- Scaffolding Accidents Involving Members Of The Public
- Common Injury Claims From Scaffolding Accidents
- How Much Compensation For A Scaffolding Accident Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support Scaffolding Accident Claims
- Time Limits For Making A Scaffolding Accident Claim
- Starting A Scaffold Accident Claim
Our personal injury solicitors would like to help as many people injured by scaffolding as possible but, at the same time, don’t want to waste anybody’s time. Therefore, they’ll only help you claim compensation for a scaffolding accident if there’s a reasonable chance you’ll win your case. To verify this, they will check whether:
- You were owed a duty of care by the defendant; and
- An act of negligence by the defendant caused a scaffolding accident; and
- You were injured during that accident.
You shouldn’t be worried about establishing if a duty of care existed as your solicitor will check this for you. However, it’s almost always the case when you’re near scaffolding because of laws like the Work at Height Regulations 2005 or the Occupiers Liability Act 1957. The main way you can help to win a scaffold accident claim is to provide as much supporting evidence as possible. Later on, we’ll explain the types of evidence that might be helpful.
Let’s take a look at some of the types of accidents at work involving scaffolding and injuries to employees that compensation could be claimed for. Some examples include:
- Falls from height. If you fall from height while working on scaffolding, it could lead to serious injuries. If the accident was caused by your employer’s neglect, you could be eligible to make a claim. For example, if you fell from scaffolding because of a faulty lift or missing safety rail, you might be eligible for compensation.
- Scaffolding collapse. Thankfully, it is quite rare for scaffolding to collapse but, unfortunately, it does happen. If you were injured after scaffolding collapsed because it was erected incorrectly, the scaffolding was overloaded or because of a defective plank, standard, transform or ledger, we could help you to claim.
- Poor safety training. When working in dangerous conditions, it’s imperative that your employer trains you on how to work as safely as possible. If they don’t, and you’re injured as a result, you could be compensated for any injuries due to inadequate training.
- Lack of protective equipment. You could also claim if your employer failed to provide a safety helmet or harness and this lack of PPE caused you to suffer a scaffolding injury.
- Slips, trips and falls. You should not be forced to work on slippery scaffolding during adverse weather conditions. Similarly, scaffolding planks should be laid correctly to reduce the risk of tripping. If you’ve suffered an injury after falling whilst working on scaffolding, please call today.
- Falling objects. Finally, you could claim if you were hit by something that fell or was dropped from scaffolding whilst working on a building site. If the building site accident was not your fault, please let us know and we’ll review your options.
Not all scaffold injury claims involve construction workers. If you’ve been injured whilst passing by scaffolding (on the high street for example), you could be eligible to claim compensation for any injuries.
You could claim for injuries caused by:
- Exposed sharp edges on scaffolding poles.
- Being hit by objects thrown from scaffolding.
- Slipping on debris littered around the scaffolding.
- Being crushed by collapsing scaffolding.
Please feel free to call if you’ve suffered an injury following a scaffolding accident that was not your fault.
Some of the most common injury claims caused by scaffolding accidents that our solicitors deal with include:
Please call our advisors on 0800 6524 881 if you’ve any questions thus far.
Our personal injury solicitors will always try to secure as much compensation for a scaffolding accident as possible. Although it isn’t possible to provide estimations without knowing what’s happened and how you’ve been affected, in general, you could claim compensation to cover:
- Any physical injuries from the scaffold accident and the pain they cause.
- The impact your injuries have on your social life and hobbies (loss of amenity).
- Any mental harm linked to the accident or your injuries.
- Care costs if somebody else needed to support you while you were recovering.
- Private medical treatment and the cost of physiotherapy.
- Loss of earnings if your injuries stopped you from working for a while.
- Travel expenses such as fuel costs and parking fees for hospital appointments.
- Home adaptations if you’re left disabled and the changes will improve your quality of life.
- Future income loss if your injuries adversely affect your earning capacity.
Our compensation calculator should give you some idea of potential compensation payouts for various personal injuries sustained in scaffold accidents. The figures provided are based on the latest guidelines from the Judicial College.
To ascertain the severity of your injuries, you’ll need a medical assessment as part of your scaffold accident claim. This will be conducted by an independent medical specialist. They will read your medical notes, examine your injuries and discuss their impact with you. Once they’ve finished, they’ll provide a prognosis for your solicitor and the defendant’s insurers.
As mentioned earlier, you will need to provide as much evidence as possible to prove how your scaffolding accident happened and who was responsible. Your solicitor will use this evidence to try and present as strong a case as possible. For scaffolding accident claims, evidence that might help include:
- Accident reports. This could include a copy of the report from the company’s accident book. Additionally, if your injury was reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a copy of their investigation report could be obtained.
- Medical evidence. It’s important to get your injuries checked over at a hospital. Once you’ve been treated, you could ask for a copy of any x-rays and your medical notes to prove the extent of your injuries.
- Witness information. Ask anybody who saw the scaffold accident for their contact details. They may be asked by your solicitor for a statement of what they saw.
- Security camera recordings. If your accident was caught on camera, ask for a copy of the relevant footage. Act as quickly as possible to secure the footage, though, as it may be deleted within weeks.
- Photographs. You could also take photographs of the accident scene. Capturing the aftermath is often a good way of demonstrating how you were injured.
Please call today if you are struggling to secure evidence or would like a free consultation regarding your scaffolding injury claim.
You’ll have 3-years to make a scaffolding accident claim for compensation. Usually, this limitation period will begin from the date of your accident, but it might also start from the date your injury was diagnosed. To give yourself the best chance of securing evidence to have a strong claim, we’d suggest that you begin the claims process as soon as possible.
If you work with one of our solicitors, they’ll work as efficiently as possible to try and ensure you’re compensated as quickly as possible.
While we know that no amount of money will improve things if a loved one is lost to a scaffolding accident, compensation could help to cover the financial impact. Our solicitors could help you to claim a bereavement payment, compensation to cover funeral costs and also compensation if you were financially dependent on the deceased’s income.
We will try to help you as best we can and work at a pace that suits you. Please call today and a compassionate advisor will review your claim with you for free.
The best way to find out whether you could be compensated for scaffolding accident injuries is to call our advice line on 0800 6524 881 today.
If your claim is accepted by one of our specialist solicitors, they’ll represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. That means there are no legal fees payable in advance and you won’t have to pay them if the claim fails.
Please use our live chat service if you have any additional questions about making a scaffolding accident claim.