Building Site Claims
Building Site Accident Claims Explained?
Working on a building site can be dangerous, with so much going on and so many potential hazards. Over the last few decades, there has been significant progress in making building site accidents much less common, but they are still some of the most dangerous workplaces within the UK. Anyone who is injured while working on a building site is entitled to make a building site injury compensation claim, provided their accident wasn’t their fault.
The range of injuries found in building site accidents is extremely wide. Some of these are relatively minor, such as cuts and abrasions, but falling objects or falls from a height can lead to life-altering injuries and even death. You are entitled to make a building site injury compensation claim, no matter where on the scale your building site injury falls.
We Understand Building Site Injury Claims Better Than Anyone Else
At Free Legal Justice, we know that a building site accident can be extremely stressful. Not only do you have to deal with the pain and suffering from your injuries, but you may find yourself in financial hardship, if you have to take time off from work to recover, or if you have to pay out for additional treatments or help.
Taking legal action to get compensation for your building site accident might seem like a big step, and we know that many of our clients worry that it will add more stress to an already difficult time, and that it will be time-consuming and difficult. Our experienced team of building site accident claims specialists can take all of the worry out of making your building site accident compensation claim, leaving you to concentrate on your recovery.
If you have suffered a building site accident and would like more information about whether you are able to make a compensation claim, or if you are ready to begin the process of making your claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and our dedicated team are here to help.
What To Do Immediately After Your Building Site Accident
The most important thing following any accident or injury is to ensure that you are safe and that you have access to the first aid assistance and medical support that you need. Once you are sure that you are able, you might want to think about a few simple actions that will help with your building site accident compensation claim.
It is essential that you are clear in your own mind about the details of the events surrounding your building site accident. The best way to do this is to make sure that you write down everything that you can remember. Even the smallest details might be useful, and will go a long way to making sure that you come across as a convincing witness, should that be necessary. The sooner you are able to write down this information, the more valuable it is likely to be.
The next thing to think about is whether you are able to contact any of the witnesses to your building site accident. If possible, you should have a list of names and contact details of anyone who saw what happened and anyone who can support your belief as to who was responsible for your building site accident. You can ask them to write down what they remember if you wish, but we are happy to do this for you if you prefer.
Evidence Is Key To Making Successful Building Site Claims
You may also want to try to obtain photographs or videos which might be relevant to your case, especially of the location in which your building site accident occurred, provided it is safe to do so.
Although these steps can provide additional supporting evidence for your building site accident compensation claim, they are not essential and it is perfectly possible to make a successful claim even if you have not been able to do any of them. The most important step is to make sure that you call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. Taking this one simple step will allow you to get the expert legal advice you need from our experienced team of expert building site accident claims specialists.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive For My Building Site Accident?
Compensation amounts vary hugely, depending on your personal situation and the way in which your injuries have impacted your life. This makes it very difficult to give general advice as to how much you might expect to receive. There are some general principles, however, which can help to be aware of.
Compensation claims can be thought of as being divided into two distinct parts. The first part aims to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries. Because this is such a subjective thing, the governing body (the Judicial College) has set guidelines for how much compensation should be awarded for different injuries. They provide a range within which compensation payments should fall for each injury, but these ranges are often very wide. This is to allow for the individual nature of your personal injury. Our expert personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience, allowing them to give you the most accurate estimate of where in this range your injury is likely to fall.
Special Damages For Building Site Accident Claims
The second aspect to your building site accident compensation claim is there to make sure that you are not left financially worse off as a result of your building site accident. This includes compensating you for any money you may have had to pay out to aid your recovery, such as rehabilitation and physiotherapy, to adapt to the injuries you have, including home modifications or the purchase of prosthetics in very serious building site accidents, and also to make sure that you do not lose out through lack of work if you have to take some time off to heal. If you are unable to return to your previous line of work as a result of your injuries, you may even be able to claim for the loss of the potential earnings you could have expected. As may be clear, this can often be the far larger portion of your compensation payment.
Working with our dedicated team of building site accident claims specialists means that you can rest assured that your compensation claim includes all aspects of your financial losses as a result of your building site accident and that you are making the most appropriate compensation claim for your personal circumstances.
How Can Free Legal Justice Help Me With My Building Site Accident Claim?
We want your claim to be as simple and straightforward as possible. We know that the period after your building site accident is likely to be a deeply stressful period, so we are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to ensure that you are able to get expert legal advice when you need it. You can call us on 0800 567 7074 (for landlines) or 0121 565 4317 (from mobiles) or apply online to arrange a free call back at a time that suits you.
Our experienced building site accident claims specialists will take the time to listen carefully when you explain what has happened to you. We know that your situation is unique, and we want to make sure that we understand the circumstances surrounding your building site accident, the full extent of your injuries and the ways in which your building site accident has impacted your life. This means that we are able to give you the personalised care and legal advice that you deserve.
Our Accident Claims Team Does All The Paperwork
Our experienced team are also able to complete almost all of the paperwork, admin and forms that are required for your building site accident compensation claim. We will write to the person responsible for your building site accident making the case for them to accept liability and settle out of court. We will also carry out the negotiations on your behalf. For the few documents that you will need to complete yourself, we are happy to arrange a home visit to help you in the comfort of your own home.
If you are thinking of making a building site accident compensation claim, we don’t want you to feel alone. Call us now or claim online to get the help you deserve.
No Win No Fee Building Site Accident Compensation Claims
Because we know that the period following a building site accident can be financially very difficult, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to almost all of our clients. This means that you won’t need to find the money to pay for legal fees to start your building site accident compensation claim.
When you instruct us as your solicitors on a no win no fee basis, we are able to act on your behalf, without you needing to pay anything at all until you receive the compensation you are entitled to. If we are not able to get you the compensation you deserve, you won’t owe us anything. This means that you are able to seek the compensation you need without worrying that you will be financially worse off as a result.
Not All Building Site Injury Claims Are No Win No Fee
Although we do our best to offer a no win no fee payment option to as many of our clients as possible, there are a few situations in which we are not able to do so. If this is the case for you, we will make sure that you understand that in advance, and will discuss other possible funding arrangements with you to ensure that you can afford the legal help you need.
If you are thinking about making a building site accident compensation claim, we want to help you. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now and let our dedicated team of expert personal injury claims solicitors help you get the compensation you deserve.
What If My Boss Doesn’t Want Me To Make A Building Site Accident Compensation Claim?
Legally, your employer is not allowed to take any action against you to punish you in any way for making a compensation claim following your building site accident. This includes not giving you promotion opportunities you would otherwise have had, changing your job to one that you like less, firing you or making your workplace so unpleasant that you resign (this last one is known as constructive dismissal).
Good employers don’t want to punish their employees for making a building site accident compensation claim. They recognise that your compensation claim is important to allow you to adapt to your building site accident and that you were entitled to better protection than you received.
Making A Claim Will Make The Workplace Safer!
Your colleagues may also benefit from you making a building site accident compensation claim. Any safety concerns or failings that led to your building site accident are likely to be fully addressed by your employer as soon as they realise that you are making a building site accident compensation claim. This means that your workplace is likely to become safer following your claim, which benefits you and your colleagues.
All employers are also required to take out Employers Liability Insurance, to ensure that you do not need to worry about causing the company serious financial difficulties as a result of your building site accident compensation claim. Your company will not be forced to fold or to downsize as a result of you making a claim.
Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online to begin your building site accident compensation claim now. Our team of expert personal injury claims solicitors are available 24/7 to ensure that you get the help you need, when you need it.
How A Building Site Accident Compensation Claim Works
Making a personal injury compensation claim, including a building site accident claim, is simple.
You will want to make sure that you have access to the correct legal advice and assistance. Our specialised personal injury claims solicitors are able to provide you with all of the help and support you may need and are available 24/7. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online to discuss your building site accident and to begin your claim.
We Contact The Other Side For You
Once you have asked us to act on your behalf, we will write to the person responsible for your building site accident. We will inform them that you are making a building site accident compensation claim, and that you believe that they were at fault. We will ask them to accept that they were to blame (this is called accepting liability).
If they do not accept that they were at fault in your building site accident, we will provide evidence to support your claim. This could be in the form of photographs, documentation or witness statements as well as many other options. Almost all workplace accidents result in the employer admitting at least some liability.
When Liability Is Accepted For Your Accident Claim.. Then What Happens?
When liability has been agreed, we are then able to begin negotiations to agree the compensation amount that you will agree. The other side will often put forward a ‘lowball’ offer, which is far less than you are entitled to, in the hope that you will either accept it, or that you will reduce your expectations of the amount you are likely to accept. Our years of experience mean that we are able to identify these kinds of techniques and make sure that you don’t fall for them. Although we will offer you guidance, we will always follow your lead. We will notify you of every offer that is made (even those we think you should reject) and the final decision over whether to accept or reject any offer will always be yours.
It is almost always possible to reach agreement for compensation, especially with accidents that took place at work. If we are unable to convince the other party to accept liability, or if it is impossible to agree on compensation, your case may have to go to court to have a judge decide how much should be paid.
It is only once the compensation has been agreed and paid that we take any fees. Our fees are set as a minor percentage of your compensation amount, meaning that you will always receive the lion’s share of your payment. This allows you to relax, knowing that you have the financial support you need while you recover from your building site accident.
How Do I Start Making A Building Site Accident Compensation Claim?
When you are considering making a building site accident compensation claim, the whole process can seem overwhelming. Our team of dedicated personal injury claims solicitors are here to help you decide whether to go ahead with your claim and to guide you through the process at every stage.
If you would like to take the first steps in making your compensation claim, our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors are here to help. Call us free from your landline on 0800 567 7074, or on 0121 565 4317 from your mobile. If you would be happier to claim online and take advantage of our free call-back service and have us call you at a time of your choosing, we are more than happy to arrange that for you.
We want to make sure that we fully understand your building site accident compensation claim. During our conversation, we will listen to the details of what has happened to you, including the full extent of your injuries, the ways in which these injuries have impacted your life and all of the circumstances surrounding the event itself, especially anything that demonstrates who was to blame. This allows us to give you an accurate estimate as to how much compensation you can expect, as well as how likely it is that we can win your case.
Does It Take Long To Make A Building Site Accident Compensation Claim?
All building site accident compensation claims are different, and some of them will take far longer to resolve than others. We endeavour to resolve all our clients’ cases as quickly as possible to allow them to move on with their lives and get them the compensation payment they need to do so.
Some cases are able to be resolved extremely quickly, with the fastest taking just a few weeks. These cases tend to involve more minor injuries, as the sums of money involved are significantly smaller and there is little to be gained by the other party arguing to push the costs down. Such injuries also lead to simpler cases, with less need for medical evidence or disputes over the exact causes of the injury. The fastest cases are always those in which the other party accepts liability, as proving who was to blame for your building site accident can add significantly to the time your claim takes to resolve.
If your case is more complicated, for example if the other person refuses to accept that they were to blame or if there are multiple people who were all partially to blame for what happened, it might take much longer for you to get the compensation you deserve. Cases that have to go to court can last significantly longer than those that do not.
Should All Building Site Accidents Be Included In The Accident Book?
All companies are required to have an accident book, in which to record the details of any accidents or near misses that occur on the premises or as a result of business activities. All incidents, such as your building site accident, should be recorded as soon as possible after they occur, although there is some allowance for the fact that looking after the welfare of staff should always take priority. Using the accident book correctly ensures that a company has an accurate history of their health and safety record.
Although all accidents must be recorded in the accident book, this doesn’t always happen. If an accident or injury is very serious, the most important thing is to look after the person who has been hurt. In these cases, the accident book may be forgotten and filled out later. Sometimes, however, an employer deliberately fails to record an accident or injury in the accident book, in the hopes that they will be able to deny that it took place.
Building Site Accident Was Not Written In The Accident Book.. Now What?
Although the accident book can be valuable evidence in making a building site accident compensation claim, it is perfectly possible to make a successful claim without your incident having been recorded. There are many other kinds of evidence we can use to support your account of what happened, including statements from people who were there and saw what happened or your medical records, for example. We will still be able to get you the compensation you need.
If you realise that your building site accident is not included in the accident book, you will want to make sure that you have evidence that you have informed your employer of what happened. The best way to do this is via email, as this allows you to write down exactly what happened and to ask that they record this in the accident book. If they fail to act on this, you can present your emails as evidence in court, and they will have to explain why they did not do so. It is usually best to send the emails to your manager or to HR, or both.
I Suffered A Building Site Accident Can I Claim Compensation?
In the aftermath of a building site accident, most of our clients are looking for reassurance. Many of them are not sure whether they fulfil the criteria for making a building site accident compensation claim. In most cases they are able to claim, as the requirements are very straightforward.
All building site accident compensation claims require that you actually experienced a building site accident, and that you sustained some form of damage or loss as a result. You are only able to claim compensation for damage that you have actually sustained, not for damage that you were lucky to avoid. Similarly, you are not able to make a claim for an accident that almost happened.
Someone Must Be To Blame For Your Building Site Accident
The next criteria for making a building site accident compensation claim is that there must be someone else who was responsible for your building site accident. There must be someone else to blame. This doesn’t need to be a specific person, it can be an organisation, such as the council, or a company, such as your employer. The important thing is that there must have been someone with a legal responsibility to look after your safety. Your employer has this responsibility for all accidents that take place in the workplace.
You will also need to be sure that what happened to you wasn’t a freak occurrence. It doesn’t need to be something that happens regularly, but you can only claim for something that could reasonably have been foreseen, without sufficient care and attention.
The last thing to check is whether they have taken sufficient steps to remove the risk, or to minimise the consequences if this is impossible. Even if some safety measures were taken, you may still be able to claim if these were not sufficient.
Contact Our No Win No Fee Building Site Accident Claims Team Today
If you have experienced a building site accident and you believe that someone else was to blame, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today and we will arrange a free call back at a time to suit you. Our building site accident specialists are here to help.
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