Falls from Height
There are many jobs throughout the UK that require working at a height; telephone engineers, television engineers and construction workers.
However not many are aware that working from a height can include using a ladder to change a light bulb to a shop worker trying to reach stock on a high shelf.
Every year there are thousands of reported accidents, and deaths, in which employees fall due to working at a height. Work accidents are a serious matter, often down to a lack of official training.
If your job involves any tasks that may have you above ground level, then you should receive training for working at a height. If you have not received suitable training and have been injured due to a fall at work, then you may be entitled to a work accident compensation claim.
Falls from Height - Frequently Asked Questions
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.
A strict three-year time limit applies to making any 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.
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.
If you have suffered a personal injury from a fall accidnet 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.
Anyone who has been injured in a fall accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to your othe fall, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.