Have you been injured in an accident caused by a broken ladder at work because your employer breached their duty of care? If so, you could be eligible to begin an accident at work claim.
We have experience helping claimants who are eligible to seek personal injury compensation to address the way the injuries have affected different aspects of their life. Additionally, we can connect eligible claimants with an accident at work solicitor from our panel who has experience with navigating the claims process. Continue reading to learn more about how we can help.
- Your employer owes you a duty of care with regard to your health, safety, and well-being at work and while you carry out your work-related tasks. If this is breached, causing you to suffer an injury, you might be eligible to seek personal injury compensation.
- Evidence that you meet the personal injury claims eligibility criteria is needed.
- Following a successful claim outcome, you could receive compensation for the pain and suffering of your injuries and how they affected your quality of life, as well as for the financial losses incurred as a result.
- When you instruct a No Win No Fee solicitor to represent your case, you often won’t be required to pay a fee at the start of the claims process to access their services.
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- When Are You Eligible To Claim For Injuries Caused By A Broken Ladder At Work?
- Evidence That Could Help You In A Ladder Accident At Work Claim
- How Much Compensation Could You Receive When Claiming For Injuries Caused By A Broken Ladder At Work?
- Make A No Win No Fee Ladder Accident Claim
- Read More About Claiming For Falls From Height At Work
If you are looking at seeking compensation for a workplace injury, you might find it helpful to get some advice. When you call up, we can assist you by offering a free, no-obligation assessment of your accident at work claim to see if it is eligible.
If you have valid grounds to proceed and you wish to seek legal representation, we can connect you with a specialist personal injury solicitor from our panel with years of experience handling claims injuries caused by a broken ladder at work.
The expert solicitors from our panel offer several beneficial services, such as:
- Helping you collect evidence to support your case.
- Calculating the value of your compensation payout.
- Explaining legal jargon.
- Presenting your claim in full and within the relevant time limit.
- Sending important correspondence on your behalf.
- Keeping you up to date on the progress of your claim.
Get in touch to find out more about how we can assist you when seeking personal injury compensation.
Employers owe their employees a duty of care to take reasonable and practicable steps to prevent you from sustaining harm at work and as you perform your workplace tasks. This is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Additionally, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 places responsibilities on people and companies who own, operate, or control work equipment as well as businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment regardless of whether they own it or not. They must ensure equipment is suitable and safe for the use it was intended, maintained in a safe condition, and operated by people who are adequately trained.
Furthermore, The Work at Height Regulations 2005 sets out to ensure the prevention of injury and fatalities caused by a fall from height. Schedule 6 of the Act 2005, sets out the requirements for ladders and states that a ladder should only be used for work at height if a risk assessment is carried out. The risk assessment also needs to demonstrate that using other equipment is not possible due to the low risk nature of the task, the short duration for which it will be used, and any existing features in the workplace that can’t be changed.
If your employer failed to uphold their duty of care, and this led to you suffering an injury because of a broken ladder at work, you might wonder whether you’re eligible to seek compensation. For example, your employer might have failed to ensure the ladder provided for use at work was safe causing you to fall when climbing back down the ladder. As a result, you might suffer a fractured skull, serious spine injury and soft tissue damage.
However, to have valid grounds to make a personal injury claim, you need to show:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and place of the accident.
- They breached this duty.
- You suffered an injury because of the breach.
Please contact us to have your case assessed and find out whether you could make a ladder accident at work claim.
Evidence can help strengthen your claim for injuries caused by a broken ladder at work as it can demonstrate your employer breached the duty of care they owed. Additionally, it can show the extent of the injuries you suffered due to the breach of duty.
Examples of the evidence you could gather include:
- CCTV footage that shows the accident.
- A copy of the accident report from the workplace accident book.
- A copy of your medical records, such as hospital reports and copies of test results.
- Take photos of your injuries and the accident site.
- Witness contact details so a statement can be taken later.
For more information, please contact us today using the number above. If we find you have an eligible claim, we could connect you with a specialist accident at work solicitor from our panel who could assist you in gathering evidence and building your case.
How Much Compensation Could You Receive When Claiming For Injuries Caused By A Broken Ladder At Work?
Personal injury claims that are successful can see a settlement awarded that consists of up to two heads of loss. General damages, the first head, compensates for the pain and suffering of the injury. This can be physical, psychological, and/or both.
To apply a value to general damages, reference can be made to the Judicial College Guidelines which sets out a list of guideline compensation brackets for different types of injuries. Additionally, they can use the results of an independent medical assessment which you may need to attend as part of the claims process.
You can find a selection of figures from the JCG in the table below. However, please use them as a guide because they are not guaranteed amounts.
|Injury Type||Severity||Notes||Guideline Compensation Brackets|
|Multiple Serious Injuries With Financial Losses||Serious||Compensation for several serious injuries and financial losses incurred as a result, such as lost income, care costs, and the cost of home adaptations.||Up to £1,000,000 and above|
|Head||(a) Very Severe||Little evidence, if there is any at all, of the person having a meaningful response to their environment, double incontinence, and the requirement for full-time nursing care.||£282,010 to £403,990|
|(c) Moderate (i)||Cases where the person shows an intellectual deficit of a moderate to severe nature, a change in personality, an impact on the senses, and no prospect of employment.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Back||(a) Severe (i)||A severe injury involving spinal cord and nerve root damage that leads to a combination of very serious consequences, such as severe pain and disability.||£91,090 to £160,980|
|(b) Moderate (i)||This bracket covers several injuries, such as a prolapsed intervertebral disc where surgery is required.||£27,760 to £38,780|
|Leg||(b) Severe (ii)||Injuries of a very serious nature that result in permanent mobility problems and mean the injured person needs crutches or other aids for mobility permanently.||£54,830 to £87,890|
|(c) Less Serious (i)||This bracket includes cases where there are serious soft tissue injuries or an incomplete recovery from fractures.||£17,960 to £27,760|
|Ankle||(a) Very Severe||Transmalleolar fractures with extensive soft-tissue damage that causes deformity and other issues.||£50,060 to £69,700|
|(d) Modest||Injuries included in this bracket include less serious, minor, or undisplaced fractures as well as sprains and injuries to the ligaments.||Up to £13,740|
Claiming Financial Losses After A Fall From A Ladder
The second head of loss is special damages which compensates you for the financial costs incurred by the injury. For example:
- The cost of home and vehicle adaptations.
- Care costs.
- Medical expenses.
- Travel costs.
You will need proof of these losses so keep hold of any wage slips, invoices and receipts.
Find out more about compensation for workplace injuries by calling the number at the top of the page.
If you choose to instruct a solicitor to work on your claim and they offer their services under No Win No Fee terms, they might offer a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee contract that typically means there are no fees to be paid for the solicitor’s work at the following times:
- During the claims process.
- If the claim fails.
Claims that are successful mean that you need to pay a small and legally restricted percentage of your compensation. This is paid to the solicitor as their success fee.
Please contact us if you want to learn more about working with an expert solicitor from our panel on this basis and how they can assist you in seeking compensation for injuries caused by a broken ladder at work. Additionally, they can answer any other questions about accident at work claims. To get in touch, you can:
For more of our helpful guides:
- Have you suffered a foot injury at work? If so, this guide could help you understand when you could be eligible to seek compensation.
- Read about whether you could claim compensation for slip, trip and fall injuries sustained in an accident caused by a third party breaching their duty of care.
- Were you injured after falling down the stairs at work? Find out whether you could make a personal injury claim with our helpful guide.
For more external resources:
- Information on how to tell if you’ve broken a bone from the NHS.
- Guidance on seeking Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from GOV.UK.
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance on the safe use of ladders at work.
If you have any other questions regarding your potential claim for injuries caused by a broken ladder at work, please contact our helpful team of advisors.