The Health and Safety Executive indicates that, in some industries, falling from height is the third highest cause of fatal injury and in other cases, resulted in 80 major injuries and a further 230 minor injuries. Falling injuries can be sustained as a result of both falling from a height and falling objects.
Falling accidents and injuries caused by falling objects, or falling from a height in the workplace can have life-changing implications for victims and their families. The level of injury sustained can have long-term implications which include financial loss, loss of earnings, prolonged ill health, disability or even death. Individuals may also suffer psychological problems from the stress, concern and angst caused. If the injury was caused by employer liability, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
How we can help
The Hugh James workplace injury team is one of the biggest in the UK and the largest in Wales. Our dedicated falling accidents solicitors have the experience and expertise to help you claim the compensation you deserve. We treat each person with the same level of care, knowledge and expertise, regardless of injury type and severity.
If you think you have a legitimate falling accidents claim as a result of employer negligence, contact our specialists today. We will investigate your claim free of charge, with no obligation. If we believe your compensation claim has a reasonable chance of success, we will act on your behalf on a no win, no fee basis where possible.
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 making falling accident claim cost?
In the vast majority of cases, our falling 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 bringing a claim against my employer 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.
Will I have to go to court?
Only a small percentage of personal injury claims 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.
Although there is a three year period within which to bring court proceedings, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible should you believe you might have a claim.