If you have been injured on a construction site through no fault of your own, then you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim. In order to do so, you must be able to show that your injuries were caused by another person's (or organisation's) negligence.
A Personal Injury Solicitor will be able to advise you whether you could make a claim, and what the claim's prospects will be. At Co-op Legal Services most construction accident claims can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis.
Construction Accident Claims
Construction and building sites are, by their very nature, dangerous places. That is why there are strict laws in place to ensure the health and safety of those on site, whether they are employees, contractors or visitors.
These laws incorporate a range of regulations that govern things such as working at height, protective clothing, machinery, noise exposure, manual handling, working vehicles, working equipment, and dangerous premises.
However, construction accidents do happen, and when they do, it's necessary to find out what went wrong and why. If the accident occurred because of substandard health and safety practices, then the injured person may be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
How to Make a Construction Accident Claim
In order to make a successful injury claim, the injured person must be able to show that:
- He/she was owed a duty of care by another person or organisation (most commonly, their employer)
- This duty of care was breached
- This breach caused the accident and the consequent injuries to occur.
If you are able to prove these things, you will be awarded compensation that reflects the pain and suffering you have experienced and covers rehabilitation costs and other financial losses incurred. The success of your claim therefore hinges on your ability to provide evidence that shows the above criteria were met.
Proving a Construction Accident Claim
It is always best when a Personal Injury Solicitor pursues the claim on your behalf. A Personal Injury Solicitor will be able to establish whether you have grounds to make a claim, and if so, will be able to collect the evidence needed to succeed.
Nevertheless, there are certain things you can do to assist your claim. For example, you should:
- Report the accident to your employer or site manager
- Ensure the incident is recorded in the accident book
- Write down exactly what happened and the details of your injuries, as well as any medical attention you received
- Get the names and contact details of anyone who witnessed the accident
- Take pictures of the accident scene if it is safe to do so
- Keep a record of all the money you have lost as a result of the accident
- Keep all the receipts relating to the money you have spent because of your injuries.
Taking these steps will help your Personal Injury Solicitor assess the claim, and keeping your receipts will help to establish how much compensation you should receive for your financial losses.
How to Claim Compensation for a Construction Accident
To claim compensation for a construction site accident, it is recommended that you:
- Seek medical attention for your injuries
- Report the accident
- Speak to a Personal Injury Solicitor as soon as possible.
It is advisable not to delay when completing these steps, as like most other personal injury claims, construction accident claims must be made within three years of the event. While this may seem like a long time, it can take many months to obtain your medical records, get a medical report and gather all the evidence needed to prove the claim.
Every year our Personal Injury Solicitors and Litigation Lawyers secure millions of pounds in compensation through personal injury claims for people injured in accidents through no fault of their own, particularly in Road Accidents and Accidents at Work.
For free, expert legal advice call our Personal Injury Lawyers on 0330 606 9587 or contact us online and we will call you.