The scaffolding industry has seen a dramatic improvement to safety standards in recent years, according to statistics from the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation's member companies. Yet accidents still happen - and people who work with scaffolding face a number of risks. The majority of scaffolding accidents are caused by slips, trips and falls on the same level. 13% of scaffolding injuries are fractures to the hand, wrist and fingers.
Common scaffolding accidents that can lead to injuries include:
- Falls causing fractures to legs, arms, neck, back and spine
- Being struck by falling objects
- Being crushed when scaffolding collapses
- Electrocution and burn from overhead power lines
- Slips, trips and falls on the scaffolding boards and planking.
Scaffolding injuries can have an impact on both the person who is injured and their family. Accidents often lead to time in hospital, long periods of recovery and rehabilitation and can cause the victim to miss months or even years of work. Although scaffolding related fatalities are increasingly rare these days, they still happen from time to time and when they do it has a devastating impact on families.
If you've been injured as the result of a scaffolding accident that wasn't your fault, you may be entitled to a claim for compensation.
To find out more on scaffolding work accident claims and how to start one, please contact our no win no fee construction accident solicitors on 0131 555 7055 for a free evaluation of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.
Who can make a scaffolding accident compensation claim?
Anyone who has been injured in a scaffolding 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.
What to do after a scaffolding 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 scaffolding 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 scaffolding accident compensation 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.