Digger accident injury claims

Introduction

Working in close proximity to diggers, bulldozers, JCBs and other large machinery comes with inherent risks. Not only is this machinery extremely heavy, it is often used when handling other objects like rubble and construction materials which also have the potential to cause harm.

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However, the risks do not reduce the duty imposed on employers to protect the safety of their staff and of the public. Where this duty has been breached, causing injury, a claim may be made.

Digger accidents are a common cause of building site injury claims, including cases where the injury results from dangerous work practices or inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Do I have a claim for a digger accident?

If you have been injured in a digger accident in the last three years and someone else was to blame, then we can help you make a compensation claim.

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Who can make a claim?

Employees of construction companies, contractors, and individuals, can all make a claim against the person or company found to be responsible. This is frequently the worker's employer, who has a duty to ensure the employee's work environment is safe, or the owner or occupier of the site.

The most common digger accidents are crush injuries, including broken bones, head injuries and internal damage.

The 'general damages' portion of compensation is calculated based on the nature of the injury sustained, not where it occurred, or who is responsible.

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Was my employer negligent?

Every employer has a duty of care to their employees to ensure that they are safe. If they fail to fully ensure the safety of their employees, this may amount to negligence.

If the employer is found to have been negligent, there may be a case for a claim. Examples of negligence that could lead to digger accidents include:

  • Failure to fully train digger operatives on safe usage of machinery
  • Overloading of diggers
  • The operative using the digger in an unsafe way, for example by not following signage on site, or manoeuvring dangerously
  • Untrained operatives claiming to have the necessary training
  • The JCB in use not having been inspected fully, and failure to spot dangerous faults
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Explaining No Win, No Fee arrangements

No Win, No Fee injury claims begin once an injured party signs a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with a solicitor.

Your Conditional Fee Agreement is essentially the terms and conditions between you and your lawyer.

The agreement sets out the work the lawyer delivers, and crucially, a percentage success fee. This success fee is the fee to be taken from the award if the case is successful.

By selecting a Quittance solicitor, you have complete peace of mind knowing that there will be absolutely nothing to pay up front and you will never be out of pocket.

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Calculate my digger accident compensation

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Our work accident compensation calculator provides an accurate estimate of your likely compensation.

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Meet our team

The national panel of Quittance solicitors handle all types of work accident claims, from relatively minor claims to serious, long-term injury. Selected because of their track record in recovering compensation, our solicitors have years of experience.

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Kevin Walker Serious Injury Panel Solicitor
Emma Bell Employers and Public Liability Panel Solicitor
Shahida Chaudery Complex Injury Claims Panel Solicitor
Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

About the author

Gaynor Haliday is an experienced legal researcher and published author. She has had numerous articles published in the press and is a legal industry commentator.

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