Construction Site Accident Claims
What Is A Construction Site Accident?
Construction sites are inherently hazardous workplaces. There is a great deal of activity, much of it involving heavy machinery or equipment that can cause damage. Much of the work on a construction site is also carried out at height, making much of the work more risky than it would be at ground level. Despite this inherent level of risk, employers are required to ensure that they take the best possible care of the health and safety of their employees (and contractors) and that the site is as safe as it can reasonably be made. If the appropriate health and safety guidance has not been followed and you suffer an accident or injury as a result, you are likely to be able to make a construction site accident compensation claim as a result.
Are You Stressed About Making A Construction Site Injury Claim?
If you have suffered a construction site accident, you will know just how stressful they can be. You may be in a significant amount of pain, and there is also the worry of financial hardship if you have to take time off work to recover from your construction site accident. If worry about your financial situation, or a lack of funds, is slowing your recovery from your construction site accident, we at Free Legal Justice want to help.
You might wonder whether it is worth making a construction site accident compensation claim, worrying that it might just be adding another source of stress while you are still struggling to deal with the consequences of your construction site accident. Our personal injury claims solicitors are highly experienced in helping people just like you to get the justice you deserve. We aim to take all of the worry out of your construction site accident claim.
Making Construction Site Accident Claims Is Easy
If you have suffered a construction 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 Steps Should You Take Following Your Construction Site Accident?
Many of our clients ask us for advice as to what they should in the period immediately following a construction site accident. It should go without saying that your first priority must always be to make sure that you are safe from any further harm and also that you have all the medical help you need. Once this has been done, there are several things you can try to do that might help support any eventual construction site accident compensation claim.
The first thing is to make sure that you have a clear understanding of what happened and why. In order to make sure that you remember everything in detail, it can be extremely helpful for you to write down everything you can recall about the circumstances surrounding your construction site accident. If possible, write down every detail, including the names of everyone who saw what happened. It is hard to create a comprehensive list of which details might be relevant for your construction site accident, but each accident and injury is unique. Anything you can think of is worth noting down.
Do You Have Any Witnesses To Your Construction Site Accident?
If there were witnesses to your construction site accident, it is also extremely useful if you make sure that you have their names and contact details. You are welcome to ask them to write down everything they can remember about the circumstances surrounding your construction site accident, but this is not essential as our dedicated team can easily do this for you if we ae able to locate your witnesses.
Do You Have Photo’s Or Videos As Evidence?
Photographs or videos of the place where your construction site accident happened can also be very helpful, especially if you are able to highlight anything that made the area unsafe and made your construction site accident more likely. Obviously, it is essential that you are careful when trying to obtain pictures and that you don’t put yourself at risk to get them.
Although these things can help to support your construction site accident claim, that doesn’t mean that you have to do them in order to get the compensation you deserve for your construction site accident. The most important step you can take in getting the best compensation claim possible is to call our construction site accident claims specialists today. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today to find out how we can help.
How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Receive Following My Construction Site Accident?
The amount of compensation you are likely to receive for your construction site accident might seem like an easy question to answer, but all compensation payments are specific to your personal situation, so the only way to get an accurate assessment is to discuss your construction site accident with our highly-trained legal professionals. There are some common aspects across all compensation claims, however.
There Are 2 Parts In Compensation For Construction Accident Claims
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 Available For Construction Injury Compensation Claims
The second part of your compensation claim is there to compensate you for any expenses or costs you have suffered associated with your construction site accident. The aim here is that you should never be left financially or materially worse off following your construction site accident than you would have been had the construction site accident not happened. This can be a much larger payment than the first part of your compensation, as it can include the loss of earnings you may experience if you need to take off work to recover. It can also include modifications to your home or vehicle, if very serious injuries mean that you need these to resume your normal life. You are also able to request the money you need to access rehabilitation and any medical assistance that is not easily available on the NHS, such as physiotherapy if there are long waiting lists in your area.
Claim The Right Amount For Your Construction Accident Claim!
It can be difficult to be sure that you are claiming the right amount of compensation for your construction site accident, and many of our clients are initially offered compensation payments that are far too low for the specifics of their case. Our expert team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors work hard to get you the full payments you deserve to help you get your life back on track after your construction site accident.
How Can Free Legal Justice Help Me In Construction Accident Claims?
Free Legal Justice are dedicated to making sure that your construction site accident compensation claim is as simple and stress free as possible. We know that making a construction site accident compensation claim is stressful, so we are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to make sure that you can get the legal advice and help you need, when you need it. If you are calling from a landline, you can call us free on 0800 567 7074. If you prefer to use your mobile, call 0121 565 4317. Alternatively, you can claim online and we will call you back at a time of your choosing.
Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors understand the importance of listening. We make sure that we listen carefully to every aspect of your case, including who was at fault, the circumstances surrounding your construction site accident, all of the details of your injuries and the ways in which this has impacted your life. This degree of personalised care means that we are able to give you the most accurate information and advice that is specific to you.
Our Construction Accident Claims Solicitors Do All The Paperwork
Our experienced team are also able to complete almost all of the paperwork, admin and forms that are required for your construction site accident compensation claim. We will write to the person responsible for your construction 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.
Free Legal Justice are here to take the stress out of your construction site accident claim, allowing you to dedicate that time and energy to your recovery.
No Win No Fee Construction Site Accident Claims
Because we know that the period following a construction 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 construction site accident compensation claim.
Our no win no fee agreements mean that you can get the best legal advice and assistance, without having to pay anything up front. You will only pay for our services once we have obtained the compensation you deserve. If we are unsuccessful in obtaining compensation for you, you won’t have to pay anything. We also cap our fees as a minor percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will always be significantly better off as a result of winning your compensation claim and that you will always receive the lion’s share of your payment.
Not All Accident Claims Are On No Win No Fee
In a very small number of cases, we are unable to offer a no win no fee agreement. In the unlikely event that your construction site accident claim falls into this category, we will make sure that you understand this straight away, and we will make sure to discuss possible alternative funding options with you to make sure that you have an affordable route to the help you need.
If you are thinking about making a construction site accident compensation claim, our team are available 2/7 on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now.
Will I Lose My Job If I Make A Construction Site Accident Compensation Claim?
If you have suffered a construction site accident, your employer is not allowed to take any action against you for making a construction site accident compensation claim. They are not allowed to reduce the opportunities available to you, for example in terms of promotions. They are not allowed to change your job to make it less desirable and they are not allowed to fire you. If they make your work environment sufficiently unpleasant that you resign, this is known as constructive dismissal, and is also not permitted.
Good employers would never want to punish an employee for seeking the compensation they are entitled to. The compensation you deserve is there to help you get your life back on track after your construction site accident, not to punish your employer, and almost all employers understand this.
Making An Construction Accident Claim Makes The Workplace Safer!
Many people who have suffered a construction site accident just like yours find that making a construction site accident compensation claim actually encourages their employer to take safety matters much more seriously. This can lead to a variety of safety measures being implemented at their workplaces which improves conditions and safety for themselves and for all of their colleagues and co-workers.
You may also be worried that your company cannot afford to make a compensation payment and that the company will fail as a result. This would mean that you could still lose your job. Fortunately, this cannot happen. All employers are required to have Employers Liability Insurance, which covers them for all compensation payments for accidents at work. Your construction site accident compensation claim would be paid out by the insurance company, ensuring that the company is not at any short-term risk as a result of your claim.
Our Claims Team Are Here To Help
If you are thinking of making a construction site accident compensation claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now. Our experienced team of personal injury claims solicitors are here to help.
How Making A Construction Site Accident Compensation Claim Works
The process of making construction site accident compensation claim is the same as that for almost all personal injury claims
The first thing to do before starting your construction site accident compensation claim is to make sure that you have arranged the legal support and advice that you will need. To discuss your claim and your options, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online. Working with our team of dedicated personal injury claims solicitors gives you the best possible chance of getting the compensation payment you deserve.
Our Solicitors Write To The Other Side For You
We will write to the person to blame for your construction site accident on your behalf. We inform them that you are making a compensation claim for your construction site accident and that you hold them responsible. We give them a deadline by which they need to either accept that this is true, or provide an explanation as to why they disagree.
What Happens When Liability For My Construction Claim Is Rejected?
If the other side tells us that they do not accept liability (this is known as them disputing liability), we will put together a file of evidence to support your claim. This will include any evidence you have found, as well as anything we gather. It can include a visual record of the event, if one exists, witness statements and expert testimony as to accepted safety guidelines for your industry. Once presented with this information, almost all employers will accept liability.
What Happens When Liability For My Construction Claim Is Accepted?
Once the other person has agreed liability for your construction site accident, we are able to negotiate with them to agree an amount of compensation that is acceptable to both sides. It is very common for the other party to make a ‘lowball offer’ initially. This is when they offer an amount of compensation that is very much lower than you are entitled to, in the hope that you will accept it, or to adjust your expectations I the hope that you will accept a slightly higher offer than that. We will offer you our expert advice as to whether the offer being made is fair or not, but the final decision as to whether to accept or reject an offer will always be down to you.
Will I Need To Go Court To Make An Construction Injury Claim?
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.
We only take our fees once your construction site accident compensation payment has been agreed and paid. Until that point, you don’t need to pay a penny. Our fees are capped at a minor percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that the bulk of your compensation is there to support you in your recovery following your construction site accident.
How To Begin Making A Construction Site Accident Compensation Claim
Making a construction site accident claim can seem daunting. It can be hard to decide whether to go ahead with making a claim, and you may be unsure who to trust. Our dedicated team of personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience helping people just like you to make their construction site accident compensation claims.
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.
Our Solicitors Will Listen To You
During the conversation about your construction site accident compensation claim, we will ensure that we understand all of the details of what happened to you, and that we have the full picture of the events. We want to be sure that we know all of the circumstances surrounding your construction site accident (especially who you believe was to blame), the full details of all of your injuries and the impact that these have had on your life. When we have all of this information, we are able to give you the kind of personal care and advice that you need, particularly in terms of how much compensation you are likely to receive.
How Quickly Can I Expect My Construction Site Accident Compensation Claim To Be Resolved?
Each construction site accident compensation claim is unique, and it is not possible to give an exact answer as to how long each one will take. We realise that it is important to you that your claim is finished as quickly as possible, to ensure that you can put your construction site accident behind you with the financial support you need.
Cases that progress quickly will tend to be resolved within just a few weeks. These are usually very straightforward claims for smaller amounts of money in which the other party is willing to accept liability. In these circumstances, there is often very little point in the other party arguing for too long over the exact amount of compensation due, as it is rarely worth their while. It is better all round for the matter to be resolved quickly and with as little difficulty as possible.
Some Construction Site Accident Claims Take Longer To Finish
If your construction site accident compensation claim is complicated, it can take far longer to be completed. Complicated cases are often those in which it is not obvious who was to blame for your construction site accident, or where multiple different parties share the responsibility. Claims are also usually more complicated if the injuries are very serious, as there may be significant medical evidence to be read and understood before it is possible to agree on a compensation amount.
Do All Construction Site Accidents Have To Be Recorded In The Accident Book?
Anywhere that you work is required to have an accident book, in which you can record the details of any accident that you suffer, such as your construction site accident. Near misses, where someone could have been injured in an accident but where no actual injury happened, should also be recorded. The accident book allows companies to demonstrate that they take health and safety seriously and can be used to identify high-risk areas and procedures and can highlight ways in which the practices can be improved.
My Accident At The Construction Site Was Not Recorded In The Accident Book – Can I Still Claim?
Although this is not common, accidents do occasionally fail to get recorded in the accident book. Serious accidents, for example, can lead the person responsible for the accident book to forget about the paperwork as they concentrate on looking after the person who has been injured. Unfortunately, in very rare cases, an employer may deliberately decide not to record an accident or injury in the accident book, in the hopes that they can deny liability at a later date.
We will often use the accident book as evidence in your construction site accident compensation claim, but we do not need your accident or injury to have been recorded in there to make a successful claim. Our dedicated team of construction site accident specialists are experts in finding alternative types of evidence to support your account of events and getting you the compensation you deserve.
My Construction Accident Was Not Written In The Accident Book
If your employer has not recorded your construction site accident in the accident book, it is important that you make sure that you have some kind of evidence that you have informed them of what happened to you and asked them to record it. The easiest way to do this is to email them your account of what happened and ask them to ensure that it is recorded. This can then be used to support your compensation claim and also to demonstrate that your employer is acting in bad faith, if they claim that they were unaware of your construction site accident.
What Do I Need To Know To Make A Construction Site Accident Claim?
If you have suffered a construction site accident, you may be unsure as to whether you are entitled to claim compensation. In most cases, you will be able to make a claim, but there are a few conditions that must be met.
The first thing is that you must have sustained some kind of damage or loss as a result of your construction site accident. If you have not sustained some kind of injury, whether physical or mental, you are not able to make a claim. Although near misses can be alarming, you are not able to make a construction site accident compensation claim if the accident or injury was avoided, no matter how narrowly.
Was Someone Else To Blame For Your Construction Accident?
The next criteria for making a construction site accident compensation claim is that there must be someone else who was responsible for your construction 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.
Health And Safety At Work And At Construction Sites
The person or organisation that you are claiming against must also have been able to predict something along the lines of what happened to you. This does not mean that you have to prove that they did anticipate it, but a reasonable person who was taking their role seriously in terms of health and safety should be able to foresee the danger.
The final requirement is that the other party must have failed to take sufficient steps to protect your safety. This doesn’t mean that you can’t claim unless they did nothing. You are still able to make a compensation claim if the measures they put in place were inadequate.
Contact Our Construction Site Accident Claims Solicitors
If you have been injured as the result of a construction site accident and there was someone else who could have helped to avoid or minimise your injuries, you are able to make a construction site accident compensation claim. If you are in this position, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today.
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