Fall at work injury compensation claims
The following guide covers everything you need to know about making a successful fall at work accident compensation claim.
If you have sustained an injury from a fall within the last three years, either at your place of work or elsewhere while working for your employer, you may be entitled to make a claim.
What are the statistics?
Despite modern health and safety precautions, falls remain one of the most common workplace accidents.
Employers are obliged to protect their employees from injury. Nevertheless, thousands of workplace-related accidents still occur each year.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 609,000 people suffered an injury at work.
7% of these accidents (42,630) of these work accidents were falls from height.
This is estimated to have resulted in a loss of nearly 30 million working days.
If you are injured in work-related fall you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
Workers in the UK are protected by extensive health and safety legislation.
The legislation includes:
- Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
- Work at Height Regulations 2005
- Numerous other British and European codes of practice.
These pieces of legislation clearly define your employer's responsibilities to you.
If you were injured in a fall at work accident in the last three years and your employer was to blame, or did not follow the legal guidelines, then we can help you make a compensation claim.
By law, employers must take reasonable steps to safeguard their employees from accident and injury.
Your employer is also required by law to carry valid Employer's Lliability insurance to cover you in the event that you are involved in a workplace accident.
In most cases, the claim for compensation brought against employer is handled by the insurer. Most claims do not go to court.
Duty of care
An employer's duty of care is extensive. For example, your employer should:
- keep the workplace in good and safe repair
- remove tripping hazards such as trailing wires, damaged carpet and any other obstacles
- keep any height-related equipment, such as ladders and scaffolding, in good condition and properly secure
- install handrails in areas where slips and falls are likely
- take reasonable safety precautions when outside work is necessary, such as gritting icy or frozen surfaces.
Above all, businesses must alert all their employees to the possible dangers, no matter how obvious they may seem.
I have a strong claim - why won't a solicitor take it on?
Our specialist work accident solicitors have obtained significant compensation for numerous employees injured in a fall at work.
The most serious injuries we have assisted with result from when working at height.
Extensive work accident claims experience
Our claims experience shows that ladders are particularly dangerous (if used incorrectly) and are often involved in accidents at height.
Other common injuries have been caused by:
- equipment left lying around in inappropriate places
- spills that have not been mopped up properly
- defective or poorly repaired premises that cause a slip or fall.
In these and other cases, maximum compensation has been sought from the employer's insurance company where liability has been established.
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.
Meet the QLS team
Our nationwide network of solicitors take on all types of work accident claims, including short-term, serious and life-changing injury claims. Our solicitors are selected on the basis of their specialist knowledge and their success rate in winning claims.
Personal injury solicitors now work on a No Win, No Fee basis.
No Win, No Fee means that if your claim is not successful, you will not need to pay any legal fees.
If you do win your case, a success fee will be deducted from the compensation award and paid to your solicitor.