Building sites can be a very dangerous place to work, there are often heights involved, power tools and people working in close proximity to each other, but your employer has a duty to ensure that you are safe at all times while at work.
If you have suffered an accident or injury at work, through no fault of your own, then you may be able to claim compensation through a personal injury claim.
Why you might claim accident compensation
There are many ways that accidents can occur on a construction site: falling from heights, safety equipment failure, scaffolding collapsing, power tools malfunctioning, acid or chemical spills, driving accidents, objects falling from above, lifting injuries. If you suffer any injury as a result of incidents like this then you should speak to a personal injury solicitor.
Your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that you are protected from all of the hazards mentioned above. Scaffolding, hoists and safety equipment must all be checked on a regular basis. There must be no tripping hazards. The correct level of personal safety equipment must be provided and all staff, permanent and temporary, must be given adequate health and safety training.
If your employer fails to do any of the above then they may be negligent if an injury occurs. In such cases compensation is available to the person who has suffered the injury.
Claiming for illness
As well as injuries caused by negligence, building site workers sometimes contract illness and diseases through exposure to substances such as asbestos or chromium contained within cement. If these have occurred through no fault of your own, then you may be entitled to compensation.
There is a time limit for making a personal injury claim following a building site accident – this is currently three years unless there are exceptional circumstances. The length of time that such a claim takes from its inception can vary greatly, as can the amount of compensation received. It is vital, therefore, that you speak to a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible after your injury or illness has occurred.
Having a solicitors help
Personal injury claims can be hard to make – it has to be proven that there was negligence on the part of the employer resulting in injury or illness. This is why it is important to contact a personal injury solicitor who specialises in building site claims, they will be able to gather evidence, seek expert opinion and present your claim in such a way to maximise your chance of receiving the compensation that you would deserve.
The solicitor will always deal with you in a friendly and sympathetic manner – they understand that you will have suffered physical and mental trauma and will do all they can to make your personal injury claim as stress free as possible. Obtaining the maximum compensation for you in as little time as possible – this will be the chief concern of your solicitor.
The personal injury solicitor will go through the case with you thoroughly – they will examine medical records, contact witnesses and talk to experts in construction site safety. They will dealt with similar cases many times and so they will know exactly how to proceed and how to present your case to the court.
You may be able to claim compensation for any physical injury or illness that has occurred as well as the associated costs of things such as prescription charges, physiotherapy treatments and transport costs. There may also have been damage to your property such as clothing, and this can be claimed for. Some people suffer mental trauma after a building site injury as well as loss of earnings, both of these things will be taken into consideration by your solicitor when he is making the claim for compensation on your behalf.
If an employer’s negligence has led to the injury or illness of a worker, then it is important that they are held accountable for their actions in order to prevent it happening again. If you have suffered an injury or accident on a building site, then contact a personal injury claim solicitor today – they will work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis and may be able to secure the compensation that you deserve.