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Falling Object Claims

Being hit by a falling object can result in serious injury or even death, yet these kinds of serious accidents happen all too often.

Your employer has a legal responsibility to reduce the risk of injury. This means they should protect you from the danger of falling objects at work. If you or a loved one were injured because your employer failed in their duty of care, then you could make a compensation claim.

Falling object injuries happen in all sorts of workplaces and for varying reasons including:

  • Items not being stacked properly in warehouses
  • Safety netting not being in place on scaffolding at construction sites
  • Buildings themselves being at risk of collapse
  • Faults with machinery which causes parts to tear off

If it’s not clear what caused the accident, our expert team can visit the site to carry out an investigation. In cases where the accident was caused by faulty machinery, we can even get the help of expert engineers to work out what happened.

We’ve represented thousands of people in workplace accident claims, so we understand how an injury can affect your life. We won’t just help you claim compensation, but also make sure you have access to any rehabilitation, physiotherapy and other medical support that you might need.

The majority of the claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis, which means there's nothing to pay upfront and that you won’t have to pay any legal fees if your claim isn’t successful*.

For a free consultation about your claim, please call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.

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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.

    • 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 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, 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 under 18) of the person who died.

    • 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 team
    • 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’ve suffered as a consequence of employer negligence. 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.

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I will always hold Irwin Mitchell in the highest of regard. Best decision I ever made to choose them. Thank you."

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Constitutes Employer Negligence?

Employers are held responsible for their workers’ safety by legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Working at Height Regulations 2005.

This means that they must do as much as reasonably possible to protect employees and the general public from dangers like falling objects.

The most common sources of employer negligence when it comes to falling objects often involve:

  • Inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as helmets
  • A lack of employee training
  • A failure to secure unstable loads
  • Careless behaviour by other employees

Our workplace accident solicitors have years of experience holding employers to account for mistakes, so you can count on us to help you make a compensation claim. Consulting independent workplace safety experts, we’ll work out why your accident happened and how it should have been prevented.

If you have any questions about your case, please phone 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation with one of our legal advisers.

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How Can Irwin Mitchell Help?

We understand the impact that injuries caused by falling objects can have on your life. We’ve secured compensation for many people who have suffered as a result of a falling item, with injuries including:

  • Brain damage
  • Concussion
  • Internal injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Various fractures

There are also psychological effects associated with being hit by a falling object – you may develop PTSD or depression if you’ve had a head injury for instance.

Whatever the nature of your injuries, we’ll make sure that their consequences are taken into account by your compensation. We believe in the importance of rehabilitation and helping you achieve independence.

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What Can Compensation Pay For?

Compensation plays a vital role in helping you get your life back on track after a workplace accident. Some of the things compensation can be pay for include:

  • House adaptations
  • Loss of earnings
  • Physiotherapy
  • Private health treatment
  • Counselling/cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help deal with the psychological effects of your injury

If your injuries have left you in immediate financial difficulties or in need of urgent medical treatment, we may be able to access an early (interim) compensation payment to support you until your claim’s finished.

As one of the largest personal injury teams in the UK, with specialists in workplace injury claims, you can rely on us to help you to claim compensation and ensure that you receive the medical support that you need. If you would like to talk to us about making a claim, call us free on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online.


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We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

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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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