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.