Scaffolding Accident Claims
What Is A Scaffolding Accident Claim?
A scaffolding accident claim is any claim for compensation following an accident involving scaffolding in any way in which you were injured. It is a type of personal injury compensation claim.
Although a scaffolding accident is any accident involving scaffolding, the most common (and usually the most serious) types of scaffolding accidents are those involving a fall from height. Working at the top of scaffolding is inherently risky, but there are many safety measures that your employer can put in place to help protect you. If these were not done, you are likely to be able to make a scaffolding accident compensation claim.
If you have suffered a scaffolding 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 scaffolding accident. If worry about your financial situation, or a lack of funds, is slowing your recovery from your scaffolding accident, we at Free Legal Justice want to help.
Discuss Your Scaffolding Accident Claims With Us For Free Legal Advice
Many people just like you are put off making a scaffolding accident compensation claim by the thought of the stress and hassle of the claims process. Our dedicated scaffolding accident claims specialists are here to help. We don’t think that making a claim should be stressful or time-consuming for you, so we take over all of that. We will take over the process of making your claim, leaving you free to concentrate on getting better.
If you would like to discuss your scaffolding accident compensation claim, or if you are ready to begin your claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today. We’re open 24 hours a day and our caring team are ready to take your call.
What Steps Should I Take Following My Scaffolding Accident?
The most important thing to do after your scaffolding accident is to make sure that you are safe from further harm or injury and that you are getting the first aid or medical assistance you require. Once you have made sure that this is the case, there are some steps that you can take, if you feel that this is possible for you, which can help to provide additional evidence to support your scaffolding accident compensation claim.
One of the simplest things that you can do to support your scaffolding accident compensation claim is to write down everything you remember about your scaffolding accident. This includes the period leading up to the scaffolding accident, anything that you believe may have contributed to your scaffolding accident and the aftermath, as well as the event itself. Writing it down as soon as possible after your scaffolding accident means that you can be sure that you won’t forget any relevant details and that your account will be as complete as possible.
Take Pictures And Any Witness Details
Another helpful thing to do is to make sure that you have the names and contact details for any witnesses who might have seen what happened. These pictures can also help to provide additional evidence if the person responsible for your scaffolding accident disputes your account.
If you have access to photographs or videos of the place that your scaffolding accident took place, these pieces of visual evidence can also be very helpful. Please do make sure that you don’t put yourself at risk to obtain these though. Anything showing any features of the location or the situation that made your scaffolding accident more likely, or which increased the severity of your scaffolding accident, should be documented if you can.
Although these steps can provide additional supporting evidence for your scaffolding 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 scaffolding accident claims specialists.
Average Compensation Payments For Scaffolding Accidents Claims
Everyone who is considering making a scaffolding accident compensation claim wants to know how much compensation they can expect to receive as a result of what has happened to them. Our dedicated team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors will give you the best possible estimates as to how much you can expect to receive, based on the information you give us.
Compensation claim amounts for all personal injuries (including scaffolding accidents) are divided into two main parts. The first part of the claim is based on the amount of pain and suffering you have experienced. Because this is such a subjective assessment, there are guidelines put forward by the national governing body (the Judicial College). These give a range of amounts that are usually paid out following each specific injury. The ranges can be very wide, however. This is because they are designed to ensure that the exact nature of your injury can be taken into account. Unfortunately, this can make it very difficult for anyone without experience to know where in that range their injury is likely to fall. Our highly trained personal injury claims solicitors have years of experience in making scaffolding accident claims and are able to give you an accurate assessment of where in the range your injury is likely to fall.
Special Damages For Scaffolding Injury Claims
The second, and often much larger, part of your compensation claim is to compensate you for any costs, expenses or losses associated with your scaffolding accident. The aim of compensation is to give you as close as possible to the same situation as you would have ad if your scaffolding accident had not occurred. This means that you are able to claim for any loss of earnings if you are unable to work as a result of your scaffolding accident, or even for the loss of the earnings you would have been likely to receive if your injuries mean that you are unable to return to your previous work. You may also be entitled to claim for additional medical support, the help of a carer if this has become necessary and even some modifications to your home or vehicle if they are necessary to allow you to resume the life you had previously.
It can be difficult to be sure that you are claiming everything that you are entitled to. Our expert scaffolding accident claims solicitors have years of experience making sure that you are claiming for everything you deserve, giving you the best possible compensation claim to help you get your life back on track following your scaffolding accident.
How Can Free Legal Justice Help?
We know that making a scaffolding accident claim can seem stressful. At Free Legal Justice, we want to take the stress out of the process and make it easy for you to get the compensation you deserve. We are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to make sure that you can access legal help and support when you need it. Just call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online and we will arrange a free call back at a time convenient to you. This level of support can be invaluable in helping you to feel confident about the scaffolding accident claims process.
During your free, no obligation consultation, our scaffolding accident claims specialists take the time to listen carefully to what happened to you, making sure that we understand the circumstances that led to your scaffolding accident, the ways in which this has impacted your life and the full extent of your injuries. Once we have this information, we are able to give you the personalised service and advice that you deserve.
Our Scaffolding Accident Claims Team Do All The Hard Work
Our teams take over all of the time-consuming and complex admin, meaning that you don’t need to waste your time filling out forms, writing to the other party or trying to conduct the compensation negotiations. This takes all of the stress and burden off of you and allows you to concentrate on other things. For the few pieces of paperwork that do require your personal signature, we are able to arrange a home visit to help you with this, if you would prefer. This way, we ensure that your scaffolding accident compensation claim places as little burden on your everyday life as possible.
Making a scaffolding accident compensation claim doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful, and with our help, it won’t be.
Can I Get No Win No Fee Help With My Scaffolding Accident Claim?
One of the most daunting aspects of making a scaffolding accident compensation claim is the risk of high legal fees, especially if there is no guarantee that your claim will be successful. At Free Legal Justice, we believe that you should never be left worse off as a result of trying to get the justice you deserve. This is why we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to almost all of our clients.
Working on a no win no fee basis means that we are able to act on your behalf, without you having to pay anything up front. We are only paid once you have received the compensation you deserve for your scaffolding accident. Our fees are set as a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you will never be left with legal fees that cost more than you receive. You will always be left better off as a result of successful claim.
No Win No Fee Service For Your Scaffolding Compensation Claims
In a very small number of cases, we are unable to offer a no win no fee agreement. In the unlikely event that your scaffolding 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 considering making a scaffolding accident compensation claim, don’t hesitate. Our expert team are waiting to take your call. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 now or claim online and let our expert team of scaffolding accident claims solicitors help you with your claim.
I’m Worried That Making A Scaffolding Accident Compensation Claim Could Cost Me My Job
Employers are not permitted to punish an employee in any way for making a scaffolding accident compensation claim. This includes you losing your job, being passed over for promotion or having your job changed in a way that is less favourable for you. If your employer were to take any of these actions, they would be liable for further compensation and damages.
We Claim From The Insurance Company – NOT Your Employer
The majority of employers understand that you may want and need to make a compensation claim following your scaffolding accident, and they would not wish to punish you in any way. They recognise that the compensation you need will help you to get your life back on track as quickly as possible.
Many people who have suffered a scaffolding accident just like yours find that making a scaffolding 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.
All employers are required to take out Employers Liability Insurance, which will pay out your compensation claim. This means that you do not need to be concerned that your company may not have the money to pay your scaffolding accident compensation claim or that jobs may be at risk if you make your claim.
If you have more questions about this, or any other aspect of making a scaffolding accident compensation claim, call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now. Our team of scaffolding accident claims specialists are here to help.
What Is The Process For Making A Scaffolding Accident Compensation Claim?
Making a scaffolding accident compensation claim follows the same procedure as making any other kind of personal injury compensation claim.
It is helpful to make sure that you have the legal support you will need before you begin making your scaffolding accident compensation claim. Our dedicated scaffolding accident claims specialists are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with the claims process. Call us on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online now and we will arrange to call you back at a time that suits you.
Working on your behalf, we write to the person responsible for your scaffolding accident (this person is often known as the respondent). In this letter, we explain that you are claiming compensation for your injuries and that you believe that they were at fault. We ask them to accept responsibility (the legal term for this is accepting liability) for what happened and give them a deadline by which to inform us if they disagree.
If the other person refuses to accept that they were to blame, we will show them evidence that makes this clear. This evidence comes in many forms, including statements, photographs and videos and even their own accident book. Once we have provided them with evidence, very few employers will continue to dispute liability.
When the other side have agreed that they are liable for your scaffolding accident compensation claim, we will then begin to negotiate the settlement (this is how much money you will be given). We will make sure that you know about every offer that is made, and also whether we believe that it is a fair offer or not. The decision as to whether or not to accept an offer of compensation will always be yours, but we will help you and give you the information you need to be confident in your decision.
Almost all of our cases are resolved without needing to go to court, as the other person accepts liability and we find a compensation amount that both sides think is fair. In a very few cases, however, it might be necessary to ask a judge to decide, if we are unable to form an agreement.
You will only need to pay any fees to us once your compensation amount has been agreed and paid. Our fees are set as a minor portion of this amount, meaning that you will always receive the bulk of your compensation payment. This ensures that you have the financial support you need while you recover from your scaffolding accident.
How To Begin Making A Scaffolding Accident Compensation Claim
Making a scaffolding 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 scaffolding accident compensation claims.
The first step in making your scaffolding accident compensation claim is to call us on 0800 567 7074 (free from landlines) or 0121 565 4317 (charges at a local rate, or included in your free minutes from a mobile) or claim online and we will call you back at a time that is convenient to you. Our expert team of scaffolding accident specialists are available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week to ensure that you can get the help you need.
Starting A Scaffolding Accident Claim Is Easy
In order to give you the best possible advice, we will need to understand the full details of your scaffolding accident. It is important that we know the circumstances surrounding your scaffolding accident, who you believe was responsible for it, the full extent of your injuries and the ways in which your life has been affected by what has happened to you. Once we understand all of this, we are able to give you the accurate, personalised advice that you deserve.
Will My Scaffolding Accident Compensation Claim Take Long?
Some scaffolding accident compensation claims can take much longer than others, based on the exact details of the case. We work tirelessly to ensure that your case is resolved as quickly as possible, to allow you to get the compensation you need to move on with your life.
In cases where agreement is reached quickly, the entire case can be concluded in just a few weeks. This requires that the other party accepts liability almost immediately, as gathering evidence and demonstrating liability can add significantly to the duration of the case. It is only possible to complete a case in this period of time if it very straightforward, which usually means that the injuries are relatively minor as well. Cases involving smaller sums of money are often easier to resolve quickly, as the other party has less to gain from fierce negotiations.
Complicated scaffolding accident claims include those which involve multiple people who are all partially responsible for what happened, as well as those with very serious injuries. Cases like that will usually take far longer to be resolved than those which are straightforward. If the claim has to be decided in court, the delays can increase further.
What If My Scaffolding accident Did Not Get Recorded In The Accident Book?
Every workplace will have an accident book, which is used to record all accidents, injuries and near misses that happen in that workplace. This record is there to protect you and to protect the company, as it is intended to provide accurate and up to date details of the company’s health and safety history. Your scaffolding accident should be recorded in there as soon as is practical after it happens, to ensure that the records are always kept updated and that the incident is remembered clearly when filling out the book.
My Scaffolding Accident Was Not Written In The Accident Book
Accidents or injuries are sometimes not recorded in the accident book. This may be for a completely benign reason, such as the person responsible for filling out the accident book being busy caring for the person who was injured. In very rare situations, an employer may deliberately neglect to record an incident in the accident book to attempt to avoid liability, should the employee want to make a compensation claim.
The accident book can be a very helpful piece of evidence to support your scaffolding accident compensation claim, but it is not essential. We may need to provide additional evidence to demonstrate to the court that your scaffolding accident did happen in the way that you described, but you are absolutely able to access the compensation you need if your employer has not recorded your accident in the accident book.
If you become aware that your scaffolding accident was not recorded in the accident book, we recommend that you contact both HR and your manager, ideally by email. This allows you to have a written record of your version of events and also to prove that your employer was aware of what happened, if they subsequently attempt to deny liability.
What Do I Need To Know To Make A Scaffolding Accident Claim?
The first essential requirement is that you must have sustained some kind of damage or loss as a result of a scaffolding accident that you have experienced. Narrowly avoiding injury can be alarming and worrying, but you are only able to claim compensation for the damage you have actually sustained.
In order to make a compensation claim, you must also be able to demonstrate that there was someone else who was at fault in your scaffolding accident. They do not have to have caused the scaffolding accident directly, and they don’t even need to have been present. The important thing is that they had a responsibility to make sure that you were safe. In the workplace, your employer has this legal duty of care, meaning that almost all accidents at work fulfil this criteria.
Was Someone To Blame For Your Scaffolding Accident?
The person responsible for your scaffolding accident must also have been in a position to foresee what happened to you. This is not the same as them actually knowing that it would happen, but what happened must be something that they could have predicted, if they had thought about health and safety matters seriously enough.
Finally, you should think about whether the person responsible for your safety took any steps to look after your wellbeing. Even if they did put some measures in place, you are still able to make a compensation claim if these were not sufficient for the degree of risk or for the circumstances you found yourself in.
Contact Our Scaffolding Accident Claims Team Today
If you have suffered a scaffolding accident and you believe that someone else was to blame, we are here to help you put together the best possible scaffolding accident compensation claim. Call our experienced team of expert personal injury claims solicitors on 0800 567 7074 or 0121 565 4317 or claim online today to see how we can help.
Additional Helpful Links And Guides
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