The top 3 causes of work accidents are slips, trips and falls. It is therefore unsurprising that every year there are thousands of ladder accidents reported throughout Scotland and the UK.
If your job requires that you use a ladder, then it is your employer’s duty to make sure that you have received adequate ladder training. Failure to do so can result in serious injury caused by a ladder accident. If you have suffered an injury due to an accident at work then you may be entitled to a personal injury compensation claim.
If you have been injured at work and are able to show that your accident occurred due to the negligence of another party, then you can claim for compensation. Being injured can also mean taking time off work, which would result in a loss of earnings. Personal injury claims can help secure financial backing to help during this period.
As with any injury claim it is important to gather all the information you can in order to build a solid case.
This includes anything from notes of injuries, witnesses, injury treatments you went through, to photos of the scene if possible. These are all best done at the time of your ladder accident, so as to be as accurate as possible.
Watermans Accident Claims and Care, Scotland, can help you to secure your full compensation entitlement. Our expert team have many years experience within the personal injury sector and work on a No Win No Fee basis.
For more information or to chat with one of our highly qualified solicitors please call us today on 0131 555 7055. Or you can contact us through our form.
Ladder Accidents – 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.
A strict three-year time limit applies to making ladder 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.
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.
If you have suffered a personal injury from a ladder accident in the workplace 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 ladder accident that wasn’t their fault can make a claim. Even if you contributed to the accident, you may still be able to claim injury compensation if negligence of your employer is proven.
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