Claiming For Injuries After A Fall From Height At Work

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A Guide To Claiming For A Fall From Height At Work

This guide will provide helpful information for making a personal injury claim if you fall from a height at work. Furthermore, we have a section on the eligibility criteria for making an accident at work claim and provide example scenarios of how employees could be injured through employer negligence.

Additionally, we will examine what evidence could support your claim for the injuries you suffered due to falling from a height at work. Also, we will look at how a successful personal injury claim settlement could be reached and the publication that solicitors can use in the valuation of your injuries.

To conclude, we will look at the benefits of instructing a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis, should you determine that you want legal representation. To find out the validity of your case, speak to one of our advisors today for a free case assessment by:

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  1. Eligibility Criteria When Claiming After A Fall From Height At Work
  2. When Are You Able To Claim After A Fall From Height At Work?
  3. How Do You Claim For Fall From Height Injuries?
  4. Potential Compensation You Could Receive For A Fall From Height Accident
  5. Claim For A Workplace Accident On A No Win No Fee Basis Using Our Panel Of Solicitors
  6. Read More About How To Claim For A Workplace Accident

Eligibility Criteria When Claiming After A Fall From Height At Work

If you have fallen from a height at work and been injured, you may be wondering if you could make a personal injury claim. To have a valid accident at work claim, the injury you suffered must be the result of employer negligence. 

Your employer owes you a duty of care to take all reasonable steps to keep you free from harm. This is a legal requirement in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). Supposing they fail to meet their duty of care, and you’re injured as a result, you may be able to sue your employer for negligence. 

Therefore, to claim for an injury that happened at work, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Your employer owed you a duty of care, as found in HASAWA
  2. That, through their acts or omissions, your employer breached their duty of care owed to you
  3. You suffered injuries due to your employer’s breach

Call one of our advisors now if you believe you have solid grounds to make a personal injury claim. If eligible, they may offer to connect you with a solicitor on our panel. 

When Are You Able To Claim After A Fall From Height At Work?

As part of your personal injury claim, you must show that you were injured due to employer negligence. So, this section of the guide will provide examples of when employer negligence could lead to injuries from a fall from a height at work. 

  • An employee was involved in a ladder accident because their employer supplied them with a faulty one. This occurred because the employer failed to conduct maintenance checks that would have identified the fault. In such a case, the employer could be liable. 
  • An employee fell from a roof. This occurred because the employer had failed to provide sufficient scaffolding or harnesses. 
  • Although the employer had been told about the defective handrail on the main staircase, this had not been repaired or replaced, causing an employee to fall down a full set of stairs.

However, these are only some examples showing what could cause a fall from height accident. If you have suffered an injury while working and would like to know if you are eligible to make a personal injury claim following your accident at work, call our advisors now for a free case assessment.

How Do You Claim For Fall From Height Injuries?

You should seek medical attention if you have suffered injuries from a fall from a height at work. This ensures you receive the treatment you require and produces medical records that could be used as evidence in your accident at work claim. 

Evidence is an important aspect of your personal injury claim, as it helps prove employer negligence and improves your chances of success. Other examples of evidence you could use include:

  • CCTV footage which you can request of yourself
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries
  • Witnesses, whereby you gather their contact details so that they can provide a statement at a later date

The more evidence you can provide, the better, as it will help you prove what happened and how you were injured. If you require help building your evidence portfolio, speak with our advisors to see if you can work with a solicitor on our panel.

Potential Compensation You Could Receive For A Fall From Height Accident 

Two heads of claim can be awarded in settlements of personal injury cases. General damages are the first type, compensating you for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries. The amount you receive will depend on several components, like:

  • The severity of your injuries 
  • How your injuries have impacted your life; and
  • How long it takes you to recover

Furthermore, solicitors could use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) to help assign a value to your injuries. The JCG provides valuation brackets for injuries of different types and severities, using figures that have been awarded previously in court cases. Solicitors could also use your medical reports to compare them with the JCG when working out how much your injuries could be worth.

Below is a table of guidance amounts given to injuries in the JCG. Please note that these figures cannot be guaranteed in your case, as all claims differ.

Compensation Table

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Injury Severity Compensation Notes
Neck Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Serious fractures in the cervical spine, with permanent disability.
Moderate (i) £24,990 to £38,490 Fractures or dislocations, causing immediate symptoms, potentially requiring spinal fusion. This bracket also includes chronic conditions or soft tissue damage causing limited function.
Back Severe (iii) £38,780 to £69,730 Disc lesions or fractures or soft tissue damage leading to chronic conditions. Despite treatment, there is permanent disability.
Moderate (ii) £12,510 to £27,760 Disturbance of muscles and ligaments, leading to backache.
Shoulder Severe £19,200 to £48,030 Brachial plexus injuries, potentially resulting in significant issues with neck and arms and significant disability.
Serious £12,770 to £19,200 Dislocation of shoulder, causing pain in neck and shoulder with sensory symptoms in the arm and hand. Rotator cuff injuries with permanent issues will also fall into this bracket.
Wrist (b) £24,500 to £39,170 Significant permanent disability, however, some useful movement remains.
(c) £12,590 to £24,500 Some permanent disability but less than (b).
Leg Less Serious (i) £17,960 to £27,760 Serious soft tissue injuries or fractures with an incomplete recovery.
Knee Moderate (i) £14,840 to £26,190 Dislocations or damaged cartilage, leaving minor future disability.

Claiming For Financial Losses After Falling From A Height

Special damages are the second head of claim that you could receive. They compensate you for any reasonable past or future losses you incur due to your injuries. Such losses include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses 
  • Travel costs

Evidence will help ensure you’re fully compensated for the losses you have incurred, so it is important to keep as much as possible. You could evidence your losses with:

  • Payslips
  • Receipts
  • Public Transport Tickets

Contact our team of advisors today about claiming compensation for your fall at work. If your case is eligible, a solicitor from our panel could offer to work on your claim under a No Win No Fee agreement, as part of this service, they will gather the evidence needed to support your case.

Claim For A Workplace Accident On A No Win No Fee Basis Using Our Panel Of Solicitors

When claiming for a fall from a height at work, you may want legal representation to help with the process. Consider instructing a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis. Our panel of solicitors offers a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement‘, as a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.

This would mean:

  • You wouldn’t have to pay any upfront fees to instruct your solicitor
  • You’d have no fees to pay for the solicitor’s services whilst the case was ongoing 
  • If successful, your solicitor would take a small, legally capped percentage of your compensation as their success fee.
  • If unsuccessful, you wouldn’t have to pay this success fee

Moreover, they have years of experience and would only take your personal injury claim if they felt it had a good chance of success. This means your time would be used effectively. To find out more about accident at work solicitors on our panel, contact our advisors now by:

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