Fall From Height Claims
A fall from height can result in severe injuries. Claiming for compensation can seem like a daunting task, but we help to make the process as clear and simple as possible for you. If the fall happened as part of your work, it may be that your employers or principal contractors, or even your colleagues and other workers were negligent.
Our specialist team provides expert legal advice in different languages to clients who have been involved in workplace accidents, including those injured after a fall from height. They operate on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning that you won’t pay any fees unless your case is successful.
Can my employer punish me in any way for making a compensation claim?
This is a big worry for many people injured in an accident at work. Thankfully, the law gives you a lot of protection. Under your employment contract, your employer has no legal right to discriminate against you on the basis that you have taken legal action against them.
If they did try to dismiss you, discipline you or make any unreasonable changes to your working conditions after the accident (such as reducing your hours, demoting you or reducing your salary), they could be putting themselves at risk of a claim for unfair dismissal or constructive dismissal.
Employers’ liability insurance is a legal requirement for the vast majority of businesses. This cover would provide the funds for any compensation awarded against you, so your claim wouldn’t put the finances of your employer at any immediate risk.
How can falls from height occur?
There are many ways that a fall from height can occur and the most common ones are:
- Slips, trips and falls, particularly in bad weather
- Safety equipment may be defective or may not have been provided
- Health & Safety training and procedures may be inadequate
As with any workplace accident, the risk of such accidents can be reduced significantly with the right procedures and training. If the right measures aren’t in place, this can suggest failings in the management of the business. In our experience, this is a significant contributing factor to accidents in the workplace.
What sort of injuries can I claim for after a fall from height?
You can claim for just about any form of injury. When falls from height do occur, there is a very real risk that they could be severe. You can claim for just about any type of injury, as long as it was caused by the accident, rather than a pre-existing condition.
We have experience of helping clients with many different injuries ranging from minor ones right through to catastrophic, life-changing ones. Sadly, falls from height can be fatal in some instances. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one or family member in the accident, we can advise you on how to claim for compensation.
How much compensation might I receive?
The amount of compensation you receive very much depends on your specific circumstances. That’s why we recommend that you get in touch with us promptly so that we can discuss the details of your accident with you.
You may be able to claim for the following if they are a direct result of your injuries:
- Compensation for distress and upheaval
- Loss of earnings and financial losses incurred
- Medical costs, prescription fees, care and rehabilitation costs
- Damage to your property
- Travel expenses incurred
Do I have a valid claim for compensation?
If you can answer yes to all three of the following questions, we recommend that you contact us to discuss your circumstances further:
- Was the incident within the last three years?
- Was someone else to blame for the incident?
- Were you injured as a result of the incident?
Answering ‘yes’ to all three doesn’t mean that a successful claim is certain. However, these questions are key to the claims process. Answering yes to all three does indicate that you have a greater chance of being entitled to claim. Getting prompt, specialist legal advice could be beneficial.
Because of the three-year time limit, it’s important that you contact us promptly so that we can start the process for you.
How do I begin a compensation claim for a fall from height?
Call us on 0208 1111 911 or contact us through the website and we’ll discuss your circumstances with you. The first call typically takes about 15 minutes and in that time we can usually determine whether or not it’s realistic to pursue a claim for compensation.