Injuries While Working at Height and From Falling Objects
Falling from a height and being hit by falling objects tops the list when it comes to the causes of the most common workplace accidents in the UK. If you have suffered a falling injury, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
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Catastrophic injuries can be caused by falling from a height or being hit by a falling object. These can include:
- brain damage
- broken bones
- crush injuries to internal organs and limbs
Many victims also experience mental trauma following their accident, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, our industrial negligence solicitors are part of a full-service, award-winning law firm. Our personal injury team is led by John Hall. As well as having years of experience running workplace accident claims cases, John is a panel member of Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
John and his team are dedicated to providing quality, compassionate, knowledgeable service to all our clients. We will ensure you never be made to feel like ‘just another client’ when you work with them. You can be confident that you will receive a high standard of client care, which includes your emails and phone calls being returned promptly and being kept fully up to date with the progress of your claim.
What to do after a work injury?
If you have received an injury at work through a fall or a falling object hitting you, taking the following steps will increase your chances of making a successful compensation claim.
- Report the accident to your employer as soon as you can. If you are too ill to do this, have a friend, family member or work colleague do it for you.
- Make sure the accident is recorded correctly. In certain cases, such as if you suffer loss of consciousness or crush injuries, your accident must be reported in compliance with the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
- Take the names and addresses of any witness to the accident, gather photographic evidence and write down all the details of the event you remember.
As soon as possible, contact our personal injury solicitors who have specialist experience in managing work injury claims. The Limitations Act 1980 restricts the time period victims can claim for a work injury to three years after the incident occurred, so it is crucial you start the claims process as soon as possible.
What does work injury compensation cover?
When you come and see us about claiming compensation for a fall injury, we will assess not only your current situation, but also your future rehabilitation needs. Often this is done by having you examined by a health professional who can set out a rehabilitation and recovery plan.
Not only can compensation cover the cost of your rehabilitation, but it can also help with paying the bills if you cannot work for a period because of your falling injury. In cases where catastrophic head or crush injuries have occurred due you falling from a height or having an object fall on you, compensation can pay for lifelong care and any modifications you may need to make to your home.
Work at Height Regulations 2005
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 applies to all work at a height where there is a risk of a fall which is likely to cause an injury.
These regulations place a duty on employers to ensure that they do all that is reasonable to prevent an employee from falling whilst at work.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a fall from a height is one of the most common causes of workplace fatalities and serious injuries.
Working at a height includes;
- Work above ground/floor level
- Falls from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface; or
- Falls from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground
Is my employer responsible if I suffer falling injuries?
An employer is under a duty to ensure that you are safe whilst you are at work. They must carry out appropriate risk assessments and take the necessary precautions to avoid a fall occurring, particularly when the only way the work can be performed is from a height.
Examples could include using a scaffold platform with double guard-rail and toe board and/or using safety nets.
Your employer should also prepare a Method Statement (a document detailing how a particular task or activity will be carried out), setting out the risks involved in the work that you are performing and how the work should be carried out in a safe manner.
It should also specify what type of equipment should be used e.g. personal protective equipment.
If your employer fails to take any of these precautions and you suffer an injury as a result, you may be able to pursue a claim for compensation.
How we can assist you with making a claim for falling injuries
Our personal injury team has years of experience advising and representing clients on work-related personal injury claims.
As well as offering a high-quality service and exceptional client care, we provide no win, no fee payment arrangements to our personal injury clients. We will assess whether your falling from height or being hit by a falling object claim has a strong chance of success. If we believe it does, we will offer a no win, no fee arrangement to you. This means that should we be unsuccessful in obtaining compensation, you will not have to pay any legal fees (although you may have to pay for disbursements).
To find out how we can advise you on making a personal injury claim due to injury from a falling object or a fall from height, please call us on 0333 444 4422 to talk to one of our solicitors.