Falling at work can unfortunately be a relatively common event, especially if your job involves working at any kind of height on a regular basis. Even with good safety precautions falling accidents can still occur, resulting in serious injury and you needing time off work. With our expert legal knowledge we can help secure you the compensation you need to cover injuries suffered and other financial losses incurred.
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If you've fallen and injured yourself whilst at work, you may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against your employer. Health and Safety regulations are clear and your employer has a responsibility to ensure that your working environment is free of hazards and any equipment you use is suitable for the task.
If your employer has been negligent in their responsibilities, then you are entitled to seek compensation for your fall injuries.
It is estimated that 40% of all reported falls involve ladders and it is not uncommon for most workplaces to use some kind of ladder on a daily basis. If you are required to climb a ladder as part of your job, then your employer should have provided you with specific training on its use as well as undertaking regular equipment safety checks.
Stairways at work can be very hazardous locations and every employer should be paying special attention to the stairwells in their buildings. Without proper maintenance banisters, carpets and landings can easily contribute to tripping hazards and falling down a flight of stairs generally results in broken bones and sprains.
Another common cause of accidents on stairs is when workplaces are being cleaned. Steps and banisters can become slippery or cables and equipment are left in dangerous locations. Your employer or their cleaning contractors should have detailed procedures and risk assessments in place to minimise these dangers, so if you have been injured due to their failure to keep the workplace safe then you may be able to make a compensation claim.
If you regularly work at heights then the risk of falling and sustaining an injury is obviously increased. Whilst falls from ladders are the most common types of fall injury we see, we also deal with accidents that involve:
In the most serious instances falling from a great height can result in catastrophic injuries or even death, and at Spencers we have a dedicated serious injury team who are experienced in handling these complex cases.
Falling from any height can result in a variety of injuries, from minor bruising and muscular injuries to serious fractures and back injuries. But regardless of the severity of the injury, if it occurred due to no fault of your own then a compensation claim can ensure you get the treatment you need.
As well as gaining financial compensation for your pain, suffering and time off work, we will also focus on getting you the best medical care possible. This will include working with our network of specialist medical professionals to accurately evaluate your prognosis and secure all the treatment and physiotherapy you need.
There are numerous types of ladders but the most common ones are leaning ladders, stepladders and telescoping ladders. Each type of ladder has a specific safety procedure and scenarios for their use, and it is important you are aware of these before operating.
The Health and Safety Executive has issued a leaflet on the safe use of ladders and step ladders which includes:
Call us direct on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your injury claim with one of our advisors, or complete an Enquiry Form online and we'll call you back. Don't be worried about legal fees as most claims are dealt with under a No Win No Fee arrangement, so if your claim doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work.