Scaffolding is used predominantly on construction sites to help workers whilst they are working up at height, conducting maintenance and repair works of buildings.
Scaffolding is largely regarded as a safer alternative to using a ladder when working at height, however when not assembled correctly, or is damaged this can lead to devastating accidents.
If you have suffered injuries due to a scaffolding accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our expert work accident solicitors today for a free, no obligation assessment of your case. True Solicitors handle all claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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Can I make a claim for a scaffolding accident?
If you have been injured in a scaffolding accident as either a construction worker, pedestrian passing by a building site or a contractor visiting a site, you could be eligible to make a claim.
Common causes of scaffold accidents include:
• Falls from height
• Slips, trips and falls due to using scaffolding when wet.
• Trip hazards such as tools and equipment being left lying around on.
• Injuries caused through incorrect manual handling of scaffolding materials.
• Accidents caused due to faulty or poorly constructed scaffolding.
• Being hit by falling objects from scaffolding.
The impact of scaffolding injuries can be quite serious due to a lot of accidents involving falls from height. Common injuries include fractures, head and brain injuries, back and spinal injuries and lacerations.
What are my employers responsibilities?
Employers have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace. Employers are required to provide staff working with scaffolding with:
• Full training on how to safely use scaffolding.
• The appropriate PPE such as hard hats.
• Full supervision whilst working at height.
• Regular maintenance of scaffolding.
If any of the above has not been met and an accident occurs as a result, it may be possible to find your employer to be negligent. Meaning that the injured party can sue their employee for compensation to cover their injuries and loss of earnings.
Read our guide on Employer Responsibilities Following an Accident at Work for more information.
What can I claim compensation for?
Each individual claim is different, so it is not possible to say exactly how much compensation you will receive. Claims are however calculated based on a number of different factors including:
• The seriousness of the injuries sustained.
• The individual’s loss of earnings.
• The rehabilitation treatment required.
• If care and assistance will be needed on an on-going basis.
• If home and vehicle adaptations need to be made.
• The individual’s ability to work in the same capacity in the future.
Use our compensation calculator to get an idea of what your physical injuries could be worth.
Is there a time limit to making a claim?
You need to make your claim within three years from the date of the accident. The sooner you seek legal advice following the accident the better, as information will be fresh to mind.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
TRUE Solicitors will manage your claim on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis. Our charges to you are dependent upon the individual type of case, and are typically a percentage of the compensation amount that we obtain for you. The charges will be no more than 25% of your compensation.
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries due to a scaffolding accident, contact us now on 0344 854 7000 for free, impartial advice. Alternatively you can submit a free, no obligation enquiry via the form on our website or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will contact you without delay to discuss your claim.