This guide offers advice on how construction injury solicitors could help you seek compensation. If you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim, instructing legal representation can benefit you in many ways. For example, an experienced solicitor could assist you in gathering evidence to strengthen your case, valuing your settlement, and sending important correspondence on your behalf. Read on to find out more about how working with a solicitor could benefit you and your claim.
Later in our guide, we discuss the eligibility criteria for personal injury claims that need to be met for a case to be valid. Additionally, we provide guidance on the duty of care owed to you on a construction site and who could potentially be liable for a construction site accident.
You can also find information on how long you have to begin legal proceedings and seek compesation for your construction injuries.
Finally, we look at the benefits of working with a solicitor under the terms of a No Win No Fee agreement, including no upfront or ongoing costs for work to begin on your claim.
If you have any other questions, please get in touch with a helpful advisor from our team. They can provide free advice 24/7. To get in touch, you can:
- Contact us online about your potential construction injury compensation claim.
- Call 0161 696 9685 and speak to an advisor.
- Use the live chat at the bottom of this page.
Browse Our Guide
- How Can Construction Injury Solicitors Help You Claim Compensation?
- What Are The Eligibility Criteria For Construction Accident Claims?
- What Is The Time Limit When Making Construction Injury Claims?
- Potential Compensation From Claims For Construction Industry Accidents
- How No Win No Fee Construction Injury Solicitors Could Help You
- Read More About Claiming For Negligence In The Construction Industry
If you have an eligible construction site accident claim, you could benefit from instructing a solicitor to assist you in seeking compensation. Whilst it’s not a legal requirement for you to do so in order to start a claim, there are many advantages in having legal representation. For example, experienced construction injury solicitors could:
- Help you collect supporting evidence, such as copies of medical records, witness contact details, and pictures of the accident and your injuries.
- Send and receive important correspondence on your behalf.
- Keep you updated on a regular basis about the status of your building site accident claim.
- Value your claim and negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
- Speak with any witnesses and collect witness statements from them.
- Present your case in full within the correct time limit.
The solicitors from our panel offer services similar to those listed above and have years of experience helping eligible claimants seek construction injury compensation.
To find out if they could work on your case, call an advisor on the number above.
The duty of care owed by employers is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This central piece of workplace health and safety legislation outlines the employers’ responsibility to ensure that reasonably practicable steps have been taken to prevent employees from becoming injured in the workplace and as they carry out their work-related duties.
Additionally, the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 was enacted to help those responsible for construction sites take steps to improve safety in the industry.
There may be many comapnies working on a construction site, including plumbing, electric, and scaffolding companies. Furthermore, there may be a site manager and main contractor, if these roles are not carried out by your employer. All of these may also owe a duty of care with regard to your health and safety. Therefore, if there is a construction site accident that leads to you suffering an injury, it might not necessarily be your employer who is liable. Instead, another company, contractor, or sub-contractor could potentially be held liable.
This means that who you direct your claim against will depend on who was liable for the accident and subsequent injuries. Additionally, your claim must meet the following eligibility criteria in order for you to have valid grounds to seek personal injury compensation. These criteria are the definition of negligence in tort law.
- You were owed a duty of care.
- This duty of care was breached.
- You experienced a physical and/or mental injury due to the breach.
If your claim is eligible, an advisor from our team could connect you with one of the expert construction injury solicitors from our panel.
How Could A Construction Site Accident Happen?
There are many ways construction site accidents and injuries could occur due to an employer breaching their duty of care.
An example of this could be a failure by your employer to provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary to reduce the risk of injury where the risk cannot be completely removed, such as a hard hat to prevent a head injury from being hit by falling objects. If falling debris hit you and caused a head injury at work, the employer could be liable and you could have valid grounds to claim against them for negligence.
Another scenario can be if the employer failed to provide proper training to their employee before instructing them to use on-site vehicles, such as a forklift truck. This could lead to an accident with a forklift in which the employee sustains a leg injury and back injury which may be grounds for a claim due to employer negligence.
Your particular circumstances may vary so please speak to our team about your specific case and find out whether you’re eligible to make a construction injury claim after you suffered harm due to inadequate safety measures.
Typically, you need to start the personal injury claims process within 3 years of the date of injury. The time limit is outlined by the Limitation Act 1980. However, certain exceptions can apply. For example:
- Time limits are paused for injured claimants under 18. A claim for construction site injuries can be started for them by a court-appointed litigation friend. If no one performs this role for them, they have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday to initiate a claim themselves.
- A suspension of the time limit applies to claimants who lack the mental capacity to claim themselves. Once again, a litigation friend can undertake the task. If the injured person’s mental capacity returns the time limit will start from the recovery date, provided no construction accident compensation claim has already been made for them.
If you have any questions or concerns about time limits for personal injury claims following an accident at work, please call the number above for free guidance.
A successful construction accident claim payout can be made up of two heads of loss. Firstly, you can be awarded general damages compensation for the physical or psychological pain and suffering caused by injury.
In order to get an understanding of the full extent of your injury, you may need to attend an independent medical assessment. If you choose to have one of the construction injury solicitors from our panel represent your claim, they can arrange this for you as part of the services they offer.
The report produced from this assessment can be used in conjunction with the guideline compensation brackets from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The figures in this document correspond to different types of injuries.
The table includes figures from the JCG with the exception of the first entry. Please use these figures as a guide only because settlements awarded in successful construction injury claims will vary depending on the unique factors of each case.
|Type of Injury
|Very Serious Multiple Injuries with Monetary Losses
|Up to £1 million plus
|Compensation for the physical and emotional impact of multiple very serious injuries alongside financial losses incurred, such as lost income, medical costs, and care costs.
|(a) Very Severe
|£282,010 to £403,990
|Little significant response to environment, double incontinence and little or no language function and full-time care is required.
|(c) Moderate (i)
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Significant risk of epilepsy and no employment prospects. Also, cases where there is a change in personality, impact on the senses, and a moderate to severe deficit of intellect.
|(a) Loss of Both Arms
|£240,790 to £300,000
|The person has full awareness of their injury and is reduced to a state of considerable helplessness.
|(a) Severe (i)
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Nerve root and spinal cord damage.
|(b) Moderate (i)
|£27,760 to £38,780
|Cases of reduced mobility caused by a damaged intervertebral disc with nerve root irritation.
|(a) Severe (i)
|£78,400 to £130,930
|Extensive fractures of the pelvis involving a ruptured bladder and lower back joint dislocation, for example.
|(b) Severe (ii)
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Very serious njuries that cause permanent problems with mobility.
|Other Arm Injuries
|(c) Less Severe
|£19,200 to £39,170
|Significant disabilities are present but a substantial degree of recovery has taken place or will be expected.
Claiming Special Damages In A Construction Accident Claim
Special damages are the second head of loss that can form part of your compensation payout. This awards compensation to reimburse you for any financial losses caused by the injury. To prove these costs, you will need evidence such as receipts, bank statements and pay slips.
Examples of some of the costs you could claim back under special damages include:
- Past and future loss of earnings if you have needed to take time off work to recover from your injuries.
- Domestic care costs.
- Medical expenses.
- Home adaptations.
- Travel costs.
To obtain a more personalised estimate of how much your construction accident claim could be worth, please connect with our team of advisors on the number above. They can offer free case assessment to help you understad how much compensation you could be owed.
The solicitors on our panel have experience in handling personal injury claims for construction accidents. Additionally, they are able to offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Under a contract like this, no fees apply for the solicitor’s work upfront or as the claim develops. In addition to this, no payment is required for the solicitor’s work following an unsuccessful claim.
However, in the event of a successful outcome, a success fee needs to be paid to the solicitor. This amount is taken as a percentage of the compensation but is subject to a legislative cap. This guarantees you receive the bulk of the payout made to you.
Find out whether one of the expert personal injury solicitors from our panel could help you under No Win No Fee terms by getting in touch. To reach out, you can:
- Contact us online.
- Call 0161 696 9685 to speak to the team.
- Use the live chat at the bottom of this page.
For more of our helpful guides relating to construction accident claims:
- Information about claiming after a fall from a height on a construction site.
- Learn about common injuries to construction workers and how to claim compensation.
- This guide looks at a £1.5 million compensation payout case study for a construction site accident claim.
We have also included some external links to help:
- Read about Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from GOV.UK.
- Information about construction health and safety from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
- Information about reporting accidents and incidents at work from HSE.
Thank you for reading our guide on how construction injury solicitors could assist you with seeking compensation. If you have any other questions, please contact an advisor using the number above.