Have you ever experienced an injury because of a construction accident? If the answer is yes, then we can help you determine if you have a valid compensation claim.
How You Experienced An Injury On A Construction Site?
It is a well-known fact that construction sites are dangerous places to work, and this is why it is vital that your employer upholds their legal duty to keep you as safe as possible when working. In our experience, we have seen the level of influence a construction accident can have and we understand how painful, isolating and frustrating this type of injury can be. Construction accident injuries often have a financial impact, but compensation cannot take away the fact that you have an injury; however, it can assist you in returning to your old life.
If you are considering making a compensation claim and wonder whether the claim is valid, it is recommended that you contact our legally trained advisors for free advice on 0808 164 9153. Our advisors are happy to answer any queries you have and will inform you whether they think you are eligible for a claim. Remember that when contacting us, there is no obligation to pursue a claim and the call is fully confidential.
Who Is Responsible For Making The Construction Site Secure?
We understand that you may feel as if your accident was avoidable if you had behaved in a different manner, or perhaps you could feel that accidents are part of your job. This is not always the case. Your employer and site manager have a legal responsibility or ‘duty of care’ to ensure that the construction site where you work is safe and that you are protected from accidents, according to the European Agency for Safety and Health and the Health and Safety Executive at work.
An employer’s responsibilities include provision of a staff member with suitable and updated safety equipment; thereby adhering to regulations and guidelines outlined by the UK Government. This includes the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 legislation, as well as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
If your employer and site manager fails to meet the outlined standards and regulations required to protect you, including the provision of training and safety equipment, then it is likely that the accident is not your fault and you may be eligible for a valid compensation claim.
We understand that you may be uncertain as to whether you are eligible to make a compensation claim if you have worked on a construction site at all times and have not been injured before, but we can help. Our company is able to provide you with free advice when contacting 0808 164 9153. Our specialist solicitors will help determine if you have a valid claim and can assist you in the claims procedure if you choose to begin filing a compensation claim.
How Much Compensation Am I Entitled To?
The amount of compensation a person can receive is dependent on the seriousness of the injury and the influence it has on one’s life, the lives of others and the person’s future.
We understand that your injury can result in you needing to take time off from work, and this can be a costly and stressful experience. In certain extreme cases, it can jeopardise a person’s rented accommodation, their mortgage and financial savings.
When making a compensation claim, all of these factors will be taken into account and the settlement amount will be negotiated to cover all stress and financial expenses. If the injuries experienced are especially life-changing or severe, then it is likely that you will receive compensation to cover the impact of the accident on your future. For example, if you are no longer able to work or can work on restricted shift then the long-term financial effect needs to be considered.
Some other expenses that need to be considered if you have experienced a severe injury can include the following:
- The cost of support and care you may require
- Adaptations to your home, daily routines and care
- Compensation for any inability to continue spare time tasks, such as playing a sport
- The experience of handicap as a result of the accident, such as a lack of future employment or educational opportunities.
When pursuing a compensation claim with our company, the specialist solicitor will work hard to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for the injury experienced. The solicitor will consider whether or not your loved ones are also entitled to a degree of compensation as part of the claim. For instance, if during your recovery and treatment the loved ones may need to care for you and help you get about; even if this is done for free they could be compensated for the time spent caring for you.
If you would like an idea of the amount your claim may be worth, it is recommended that you utilise our industry-leading compensation calculator tool. Alternatively, you can contact us at 0808 164 9153 to discuss your experience and we can assist you in taking the next steps regarding pursuing a compensation claim.
What Are The Causes Of Construction Site Injuries?
Accidents on construction sites can occur for various reasons as there are numerous hazards in the area. Moreover, your employer and site manager are obliged to ensure that you are kept as safe as possible in the workplace environment. Some of the more common causes of these construction site injuries include the following:
1. Working Without Any Breaks
Operating while tired can be a dangerous situation on a construction site, especially if you are working with dangerous or heavy machinery. According to the law, you are entitled to regular breaks and your site manager must be aware of this. Failing to take any breaks can cause you to become fatigued and this can result in accidents with injuries to you and others.
Learn more about the significance of rest breaks and the work breaks you are entitled to by reading here.
2. Faulty Equipment
A second common cause of injuries on construction sites is the use of faulty equipment. It is essential that all equipment is thoroughly tested for safety before staff use as even a minor defect could result in the equipment being dangerous. Equipment used on a construction site includes all items you use to complete your job, whether that is a ladder, a safety harness, scaffolding or other machinery.
Again, it is your employer and site manager’s responsibility to identify any faults in equipment by regularly inspecting the items and replacing equipment when required.
3. Exposure To Dangerous Substances
Chemicals and dangerous substances are often seen in construction sites and can cause people serious health issues that do not become obvious until later in life. For example, asbestos can cause cancer and is considered a deadly substance.
If the correct safety precautions have not been taken and you have not been provided with the correct safety equipment or training to minimise risks, then you may be eligible to claim compensation for construction site injuries. If the cause of your injury is not available in the list above, do not worry as there is a chance we can assist you.