Construction sites are considered one of the most dangerous environments to work in. Not only is the nature of the work hard, the busy work environment that demands a lot of concentration and strenuous work can also be very challenging. Building site work often involves working from heights or working with heavy machinery. There’s also a high risk of coming into contact with harmful materials. This can often lead to negligence and human error which cause the majority of construction work site accidents.
Your employer or the main contractor is required by law to ensure you are working in safe environment. If your employer breaches any statutory duties and contributes towards the accident, they or their insurer may be liable to pay compensation for your damages and injuries. The same applies if you've had an accident and you think you did not receive appropriate protective equipment or sufficient safety training.
To find out more on construction work accident claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee solicitors, who are experts in handling construction accident claims. You can reach them on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.
Who can make a construction accident compensation claim?
Anyone who has been injured in a construction accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to your own accident at work, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.
Most common construction accidents include:
- Lifting accidents
- Insufficient or no safety briefings
- Defective scaffoldings
- Falls from ladders
- Hit by forklift/ dumper truck or other moving objects
- Safety harnesses failure
- Chemical spillages
- Tool malfunctions
- Unprotected holes
- Unprotected roofs
- Poor site layouts
What to do after a construction accident?
If you have suffered a personal injury from an accident at work site there are necessary steps you must take for your claim to be successful. It is important to make sure any injuries sustained from the accident receive immediate medical attention. Not only for health reasons, but also because medical records and receipts are crucial evidence in your claim further down the line.
You should also report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. By making a health and safety record of the event, you're providing yourself with additional proof, making your claim process easier.
What construction accident compensation are you entitled to?
In most instances, you may be entitled to compensation for variety of things including:
- Medical, rehabilitation and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings or earning capacity
- Any future expenses as a result of the injury
- Home modification and care expenses
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our personal injury compensation calculator will help you estimate the amount you may be able to claim for. However, this should be taken as a guide.
How long do I have to make a construction accident claim?
A strict three-year time limit applies to making a construction accident claim in Scotland. Therefore, it is important to ensure you make a claim as soon as possible to secure your best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. However, there are some exceptions to this rule:
- Mental Capacity – if the person involved is incapable of making a claim themselves, there's no cut-off date, until they regain full ability to do so.
- Children – claims involving children under the age of sixteen have until their 19th birthday.
- Criminal Injuries – if your injuries were caused deliberately, you have a separate right to claim under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The cut-off date for creating a claim through the CICA is 2 years from the incident.
- Construction Accidents Abroad – closing dates differ from country to country. However, you will still be able to make a claim within three years from the accident under Scottish law.
How to start a construction accident compensation claim.
The first step is to contact us for a free no obligation consultation. As soon as we’ve got the details, we’ll confirm if you’re entitled to claim.
Once you’ve been through the initial steps, we will handle everything on your behalf and contact your employer to let them know you are seeking compensation for your injuries and any associated accident damages. We will keep you updated on the progress of your claim at all times so you don’t have to worry about anything.
Questions? We'd love to hear from you
You can reach us on 0131 550 7055 to arrange a free consultation or begin a construction accident injury claim on-line.