Construction Accident Claims

Scaffolding Accident Claims

When scaffolding isn’t constructed or used properly, accidents can occur which sometimes cause serious injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a scaffolding accident, we could help you make a compensation claim. Our experienced workplace accident solicitors know what it takes to get you a settlement which reflects your loss of income and any future care needs.

We can help employees, contractors and members of the public who have been involved in scaffolding accidents and can help if you’ve been injured because of:

Your safety should always be considered by your employer and anyone using scaffolding should be provided with the correct training and safety equipment.

By making a claim with us, your case will be handled by a specialist workplace accident lawyer who knows what it takes to get the best outcome for you. Our Personal Injury team has a proven track record of success, helping clients secure more than £1 billion in compensation in the last two years.

Many of the claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis*, which means that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim isn’t successful.

To find out how our lawyers could help with your scaffolding accident claim, contact us today to set up a free initial consultation.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our lawyers will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence from independent medical professionals and health and safety specialists. These experts will analyse why your accident happened and can determine any future implications to your health. They’ll also advise us on the care you’ll need in the future and any precautions that need to be implemented in your workplace.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Read more about what happens if your case goes to court.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Compensation can make a real difference to your life, ensuring that you can access the healthcare and support to make the best recovery you can. By making a claim with us, we can get you funds which can help pay for:

      • Private healthcare treatment
      • Physiotherapy
      • Psychological therapy
      • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital appointments)
      • Loss of income
      • Household adaptations

      The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and the likelihood that you’ll make a full recovery. We’ll seek expert opinions on what care you’ll need to ensure that you get the compensation settlement you deserve.

      If your employer accepts responsibility for your accident, we can help you get early compensation payments. Often known as interim payments, these funds will be taken from your final settlement and can help pay for ongoing care costs and expenses, before your claim has settled.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have three years to make a claim from the date of your accident. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

      • Under 18s – you can claim on behalf of a child who was on work experience or working part-time. No time limits apply in these circumstances until the child turns 18. When the child turns 18 they can make their own claim but the three year time limit will then apply.
      • Mental capacity – you can make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves, including when someone has suffered a serious head/brain injury as a result of their accident. In these circumstances, no time limits apply.
      • Fatal claims – if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who died, you’ll either have three years from the date of their death or the date of the accident to make a claim.

      If you have any concerns about the time limits for claiming compensation, we’ll be able to talk through your options in a free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your claim, we’ll discuss the funding options available, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI), or can access support through trade union membership, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household and car insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet The Experts
    • We have dedicated, experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people to claim compensation after accidents at work. We know the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we’ll answer all of your questions in plain English.

      As well as helping you claim compensation, we can also help with your rehabilitation and recovery. If you cannot work because of your injuries then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you to recover. Having helped many other clients who were injured on building sites, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

      Meet the team

I am now getting my life back on track. This settlement does not put things back to how they were, but at least it gives me some form of justice and allows me to rebuild my life.”

Stewart, client
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Types Of Scaffolding Accident Can You Claim For?

There are a number of ways in which scaffolding accidents can happen, causing injuries to workers and members of the public. We can help with claims which were caused by:

  • Falls from height
  • Passers-by struck by falling tools and materials
  • Unstable scaffolding collapsing
  • Electrocutions and burns (when scaffolding is near power lines)
  • Poor standard of construction materials (such as bracing)
  • Safety procedures not being followed
  • Incorrect manual handling
  • Using scaffolding in wet conditions

To find out more about making a scaffolding accident claim, contact us online or call us free on 0800 056 4110.

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What Are The Regulations?

Employers and site managers should take into consideration a number of laws before construction begins and letting employees work on scaffolding. They should take into consideration regulations such as:

  • Work at Height Regulations 2005 – this legislation protects workers who are at risk of becoming injured because of falls from height. Anyone who is responsible for others on building sites has to check that all work is planned properly, is conducted by competent workers, appropriate equipment is used and ensure that risk factors are recognised and controlled.
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) – employers must check that all work equipment is suitable for use and should regularly check that every item is up to standard. They should also make sure that adequate training is provided.
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE) – protective equipment such as safety helmets should be provided by your employer to minimise your risk of injury. It’s also stated that equipment should be properly assessed before use and should be maintained and stored adequately.

All of the above legislation has been introduced to protect you. By not following this guidance, your employer is putting you at risk. We could help you make a claim if safety guidelines weren’t being followed and you sustained an injury. To find out more about how we could help, contact us on 0800 056 4110.

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Who Can Claim For A Scaffolding Accident Claim?

We could help you make a claim if you’ve been injured because of poorly constructed scaffolding or unsafe practices. Our team can represent you against your current or past employer, or can help if you’re a contractor, site visitor, member of the public or an agency worker.

You may also be able to make a scaffolding accident claim if you’re self-employed as you might still be considered as an employee under UK law.

We can also help with claims being made on the behalf of others including:

  • Children who have been injured before their 18th birthday (including apprentices and work experience participants)
  • People who don’t have the mental capacity to handle their own case   

You could also make a claim if you’ve sadly lost a loved one in a scaffolding accident. By coming to us, we can help you with:

  • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering, and to account for expenses and financial losses caused by their death
  • Representing you at inquest
  • Getting you the answers and apology you deserve from those responsible

Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award, a flat rate of £12,980 which is provided when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.

To make a claim for someone who has passed, you’ll normally have three years from the date of the accident or from the time of their death.

If you’re thinking about making a claim, we can offer you a free initial consultation to discuss how we could help. For more information, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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"They are forensic and analytical as well as campaigning and careful. All of the lawyers work tirelessly for the smaller cases as well as the bigger cases."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
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We campaign to help prevent fatal accidents at work.

We work with Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) to provide support to the relatives of those who have lost their lives in accidents at work.

FACK campaigns to bring workplaces to justice who haven’t complied with health and safety regulations and offers help with bereavement at this difficult time.

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