Accident At Work Claims

Fall From Height Claims

Working at height is particularly dangerous and employers should take extra care to reduce the risks and the consequences of an employee falling.

When this protection is not in place and a worker falls, they can be left with serious injuries or even killed – the Health and Safety Executive estimates that around 50 people die every year because of falls from height. Certain types of worker are more at risk of a fall from height, such as those that frequently use:

If you or a loved one have been injured by a fall from height, our solicitors could help you claim compensation.

Employers should consider whether certain tasks could be carried out from ground level if the right equipment is provided. If there is no alternative to working from height, protective measures should be in place to reduce the risk of serious injury.

We’ll investigate whether your employer failed to meet their obligations to keep you safe at work, consulting independent health and safety experts for their opinion on your case.

Our experience in work accident claims means we understand how your life will be affected by your injuries and what positive action we can take to help you with your claim and ongoing care.

We’ve represented thousands of people in workplace accident claims over the years, so we know exactly how to secure the compensation you deserve.

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Fall From Height Claims - More Information
    • 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.

    • Can I Claim For A Loved One Who Has Died?
    • We understand what a traumatic experience losing a loved one in a workplace accident is, having helped many families in similar situations. If someone close to you has died, our lawyers could help you with:

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

      Our lawyers could help you access a statutory bereavement award, which is separate to a claim for compensation and recognises the fact that your loved one died wrongfully. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if they’re under 18) of the person who died.

    • 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 case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is 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.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You’ll 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. No time limits apply in these circumstances.
      • 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.

    • Meet The Experts
    • Our workplace accident solicitors are highly rated by independent legal guides such as Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. With offices up and down the country, we’re able to help you wherever you are.

      We have years of experience in securing compensation for those who have been injured at work. Our solicitors are aware that every claim is different and we take the time to understand the care and support you need.

      For some people getting an apology and explanation for what’s happened is just as important as a compensation award. We’ll take the necessary steps to help you make a complaint and will campaign to ensure systems are put in place to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to somebody else.

I'm relieved that I can continue to improve my recovery by accessing specialist rehabilitation services which have helped me get this far."

Jaxx, client
Client Jaxx Cave

Frequently Asked Questions

What Fall From Height Claims Does Irwin Mitchell Have Experience Of?

Our personal injury lawyers have represented people in many different kinds of fall from height claims. Certain jobs and industries are more at risk of injury, with accidents often involving:

Employers must take the necessary precautions to protect their workers from harm, but all too often we see clients who have been failed by their company. Some of the most common examples of people we help include:

If you or a loved one have been injured by a fall from height, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. Call us on 0800 056 4110 to talk with one of our legal advisers about your case.

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What Duties Does An Employer Have Towards Its Employees?

Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees from danger as much as is reasonably possible. In practice this can mean different things according to the situation, but there are broad rules around equipment and safety procedures that employers should follow when appropriate.

It’s important to reduce the risk of a fall happening in the first place, either through mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) or robust scaffolding systems. Through the use of a restraint lanyard, employers could also stop workers from reaching the edge of an area where they’re at risk of falling.

The consequences of a fall should also be minimised wherever possible. Employers can do this by using:

  • Safety nets
  • Air cushions/soft landing systems
  • ‘Fall arrest’ lanyards to slow a worker’s descent if they fall
  • Suitable rope access equipment

We’ll investigate the circumstances around your fall, working out whether your employer should have done more to protect you. Our solicitors have decades of experience helping people who have been injured at work, so we know how to hold those responsible for your injury to account.

For more information about making a claim, please phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation.

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How Can Irwin Mitchell Help?

The effects of a fall from height can be devastating, with often life-changing consequences for the victim and their family. When it comes to rebuilding lives, we know how important rehabilitation is, as well as compensation.

We’ll work hard for you to access the support you need to make a successful recovery, whatever the nature of your injury. We’ve helped people claim compensation for:

  • Brain damage
  • Fractures
  • Internal injuries
  • Spinal injuries

If you’ve suffered a serious injury after falling from a building, compensation could help pay for:

Our solicitors will fight to make sure your injuries are properly taken into account by the compensation, working hard to prove your employer’s negligence. To find out more about making a workplace injury claim, call us on 0800 056 4110.

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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 previous occasions.

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Working closely with national and local charities.

We’re proud to support Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK), a charity devoted to making sure that high safety standards are maintained in the workplace.

Campaigning against employer negligence, the organisation is seeking an improvement in the way bereaved families are treated by the law.

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