Ladder accident compensation claims - Introduction
An estimated 30% of falls from a height involve a ladder, resulting from a range of factors including overreaching accidents, defective equipment, and inadequate training and supervision. Ladder injuries typically arise following accidents at work and in the home.
Over 50,000 people a year visit an Accident and Emergency Department following a ladder accident.
It is estimated that around 5% of accidents lead to head injuries. Symptoms might appear months or even years after the accident and may not even be attributed to the fall. For this reason, lawyers and medical professionals recommend that medical attention be sought after a ladder accident.
Common ladder accidents
One of the most common ladder accidents occurs when the ladder is effectively too short for the job. The natural inclination is then to stretch or 'overreach'.
Overreaching can unbalance the ladder resulting in a fall. For this reason, employers have a duty to train staff to use ladders appropriately, including always maintaining at least three points of contact with the ladder.
Do I have a claim for a ladder injury?
If you have been injured as a result of a fall from a ladder and can answer 'yes' to any of the following questions you may be able to claim compensation:
- was the accident somebody else's fault?
- will you be able to prove that your injury was as a result of another person or company's negligence?
- did the accident occur within the past 3 years?
Accidents at work - Claiming compensation from your employer
Every year, 600,000* employees are injured in accidents at work. If you have suffered a ladder injury at work, you may able to claim compensation.
Find out if you can claim chest injury compensation from your employer: Read more about work accident claims
*Source: 2016/17 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report
Calculate my ladder injury compensation
The amount you can claim for an injury will depend on an assessment of the level of pain and suffering you have experienced. It will also factor in the following:
- any loss of earnings whilst you were away from work
- time and resources spent by family and friends caring for you following your accident to include carrying out housework, cleaning, ironing, meal preparation, washing gardening and taking you to medical appointments or shopping trips
- any pension loss
- the cost of paying someone to carry out tasks which you could do before your accident but cannot do now, such as decorating or gardening
- treatment costs such as physiotherapy
- the cost of any form of surgery after your accident (you are not forced to have this on the NHS and are entitled to claim for the cost of surgery privately particularly if this speeds up your recovery)
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