Fall From Height Claims

Ladder Fall Compensation Claims

Many people are required to use ladders as part of their job and do so safely on a regular basis. However, falls from height can happen, sometimes causing serious injuries to workers.

Our workplace accident lawyers are here for you if you’ve been in a ladder accident which was caused by issues such as:

  • Lack of planning
  • Inadequate training
  • Scaffolding or lifting devices being more suited to the job
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) not being provided
  • Faulty ladders

By making a ladder fall compensation claim, our solicitors could help you recover funds to pay for specialist medical treatment and to help with lost earnings.

We’re experienced in handling claims which involve falls from height and could ensure that your employer puts in place measures to stop similar accidents from happening again. Our personal injury solicitors have a proven record of success and have secured £1 billion in compensation over the last two years on behalf of our clients.

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

To find out more about making a ladder accident compensation claim, contact us today to set up a free initial consultation.

 

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Ladder Accident 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.

    • Who Can Make A Claim?
    • We could help you make a claim if you’ve been injured in a ladder fall at work, whether you’re an employee, contractor, a member of the public in the surrounding area or if you were a visitor on the work site.

      Even if you’re a casual worker or self-employed, you might still be considered as an employee under UK law, giving you the same rights as other workers when it comes to health and safety.

      If you’re an agency worker who has been injured in a ladder accident, both the agency you work for and the operatives of the business you’re working on behalf of should take responsibility for your safety. They should work together to make sure that precautions are in place to protect you.

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

      • On behalf of a child who has been in an accident before their 18th birthday
      • For someone who doesn’t have the mental capacity to handle their own case
      • On behalf of a loved one who has unfortunately passed away

      If you’ve sadly lost a loved one in a ladder accident, we can 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 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.

    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • Compensation can make a real difference to your life, guaranteeing that you can access the healthcare and support you need 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 and will make sure that the compensation you’ll receive can cover their suggestions.

      If your employer accepts responsibility for your accident, we can help you get early compensation in the form of 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’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. Contact us today for 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 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.

    • 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 can 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 can’t work because of your injuries, then we can also advise you on benefit entitlement and arrange for the best possible support to help you recover. Having helped many other clients who were injured in ladder accidents, we can use our experience to get a positive outcome for you and your family.

      Meet the team

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 Types Of Ladder Fall Accident Can You Claim For?

Both leaning ladders and stepladders can cause accidents if they aren’t used correctly. Your employer should have checked your workplace and any equipment before it was used in order to prevent your chances of being injured. The following factors should have been considered before you worked on a ladder:

  • Ladder length – when ladders are too small you may have to overreach, putting you at risk. They also shouldn’t exceed nine metres tall.
  • Balancing angle – normally 75 degrees is suggested.
  • Scaffolding – this should sometimes be provided if it would be a safer alternative.
  • Uneven surfaces - this can mean that rungs and steps aren’t horizontal, causing you to struggle with balancing.
  • Access ladders – these shouldn’t be longer than the surface you’re trying to reach.
  • Maintenance – stiles should be in good condition, the ladder should have feet to prevent slipping, locking bars shouldn’t be bent and rungs should be straight.

If you’ve been made to work with substandard equipment or in unsafe conditions, and were injured as a consequence, we could help you make a claim. To find out more about how we could help, contact us free on 0800 056 4110.

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What Regulations Should My Employer Have Followed?

All employers are responsible for making sure the Health & Safety Act is followed in the workplace. When working with ladders, extra precautions need to be taken to ensure safety when working at height.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 sets out duties that employers and those who control work (such as facilities managers and building owners) should comply with to make sure your working conditions are as safe as possible.

The guidelines highlight that:

  • Work at height must be planned and organised
  • Workers should be competent in their role and with using equipment such as ladders
  • Risk assessments should be carried out and appropriate equipment should be selected and used
  • Any fragile surfaces should be noted and highlighted to worker
  • Equipment should be maintained well and inspected regularly

We’re here to help if you’ve been injured because these rules weren’t followed by your employer. To find out whether you can make a claim for your accident, contact us free on 0800 056 4110.

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Will I Lose My Job If I Make A Ladder Fall Claim?

We understand that you might be worried about making a claim because you’re concerned about losing your job. However, your employer can’t terminate your contract for this reason and can’t treat you any differently at work. Your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe, especially if they know you’re working with ladders...

... as this type of work is particularly risky. Because of this, your employer should accept that you’re making a claim and should agree that they’ve not protected you to an adequate standard.

It’s also important to consider that by making a ladder fall claim, you could be protecting your fellow employees. Your employer is likely to make sure health and safety standards are implemented and maintained because you’ve highlighted their wrongdoings, preventing a similar incident from happening in the future .

In the rare instance that you are dismissed because you’ve made a claim, it’s likely that you’d be able to make an unfair dismissal claim under the Employment Rights Act 1996. We have specialist employment experts who can help in these circumstances, ensuring that your rights are protected.

To find out more about making a ladder fall claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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