Construction accidents compensation claims

Despite only accounting for approximately 7% of the UK workforce, construction workers and building site staff make up some 25% of fatal accidents and 16% of major accidents and injuries in the workplace across England and Wales. These figures suggest that building site workers and construction workers face a high risk of construction accidents or injuries in construction while at work. 

A serious construction injury can have a fundamental effect on the injured and their family members. It’s not only physical pain that an individual can experience, but, along with their family, they may suffer great financial loss or loss of earnings. 

Surgery, physiotherapy and other such treatments may also be required and it is not uncommon for individuals with severe injuries to suffer psychologically from the stress of such an injury. 

Our team of specialist solicitors often take on cases for workers who have suffered accidents and have managed to secure compensation for many workers in the construction industry. 


What types of construction accident can you claim for?  

There are a number of types of construction accidents you can claim for: 

  • Falls from ladders and scaffolding 
  • Falling objects 
  • Injuries from pulling large objects 
  • Injuries from colliding with vehicles 
  • Burns received from welding or chemical use 
  • Injuries that are caused by defective machinery 
  • Electric shock injuries 

Hugh James has one of the largest personal injury and accident legal teams in the UK, and represent clients throughout the UK.  We have a dedicated employer liability department which has a vast amount of experience in dealing with construction site accidents and injuries.   


Am I entitled to compensation for my injuries in construction? 

There is a raft of legislation in the UK to help an injured worker bring about construction accidents claims for damages. These include: 

  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005 
  • Manual Handling Operation Regulations 1992 
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. 

If you have encountered accidents in the construction industry and sustained injuries in construction, you may be entitled to claim compensation for your accident. Our construction accidents solicitors will advise you free of charge on the eligibility of your compensation claim, with no obligation, and we will only accept your claim if we believe there is a reasonable chance of success. 


Will bringing a construction site accident claim affect my job? 

If you have been injured at work and then exercise your right to bring a claim for compensation against your employer, you should then not be adversely treated by your employer.  The reality is that although you may be bringing a claim against your employer in name, your claim will actually be handled by your employer’s insurers or solicitors. 

Key contact

Carlos is a Senior Associate in the Specialist Personal Injury Department. Carlos has over 20 years of experience in civil litigation, having spent the last 10 years specialising in personal injury multi-track claims, securing compensation for individuals in higher value motorcycle accident claims and product liability group action claims.

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Your questions answered

How do I make a claim?


During your free, no-obligation consultation our specialist solicitors will discuss whether you are entitled to make a claim. If negligence is established, we will discuss the various options with you, including the no win, no fee element of your personal injury claim. You will be provided with a step-by-step breakdown of how we will proceed with your accident at work compensation claim without obligation to proceed.

How much will a construction accident claim cost?


In the vast majority of cases, our fatal accident claims are funded on a no win, no fee basis, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs).

This means that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything. We will only take on your case if, after assessing your claim, we decide that there is a reasonable chance of success. Our initial consultation is free, so you won’t pay a penny if we don’t accept your case.

Will I have to go to court?


Only a small percentage of personal injury claims brought will actually proceed to trial though we do prepare every case in depth to make sure we are ready should it go to court.

The personal injury procedural system is geared towards encouraging parties to be open with each other so that any claims for compensation can be settled without the need for going to court, which can save both time and cost.

A lot of people are naturally nervous and uncomfortable about going to court.  We understand this and will advise you every step of the way, should your case reach a trial.  

What are the time limits in respect of bringing a personal injury claim?


There are strict time limits in personal injury claims. The usual rule is that a potential claimant has three years from the date of an accident within which to bring a claim for compensation.

The court does have the discretion to override the three year period, but it is not regularly exercised.  

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