Fall from Height Claims
If you or a loved one have sustained an injury following a fall from height at work that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation.
For many years, JMW’s accidents at work solicitors have been the legal experts to whom those who have been injured and their families can turn for help following an accident. No matter what your circumstances are, our solicitors can assist you by providing you with the expertise you need to claim the compensation you deserve. You have the right to work in a safe and secure environment, and when someone else's negligence has caused you to be injured, whether that's falling off a ladder or scaffolding, compensation can help you to recover peace of mind.
How JMW Can Help You Make a Claim
Falls from height are one of the most common causes of death or serious injury in the workplace. Accidents of this kind usually involve falling off a platform or falling down a hole. For instance, you might fall from:
- Roofing/false ceiling
- High-sided vehicles/FLTs
- Loading bays/platforms
- Cherry pickers/cranes
- Mobile towers
- Warehouse racking
If you have fallen from height at work and, as a result, been left with an injury, you will be able to make a claim for compensation, no matter how serious the incident was.
Our expert accidents at work solicitors handle all claims with care and sensitivity, as well as the determination required to get you the maximum amount of compensation for the pain and suffering caused by your employer’s negligence.
The personal injury team at JMW believes in full transparency when it comes to handling claims for compensation, meaning our solicitors will regularly update you on the progress of your case and explain your options without confusing legal jargon.
Fall From Unsuitable Ladders at Work - £10,000
Miss C made a claim against her employers after falling from an unsuitable ladder at work. She got in touch with JMW Solicitors to handle her claim.
How Much Can I Claim for an Injury Caused By a Fall From Height?
The amount of compensation you can claim for injuries caused by falling from height, such as off ladders or scaffolding, will depend on the type of injury you have suffered and its severity. Your total compensation amount will also be affected by the impact your injury has on your life, including any financial losses you've suffered as a result.
The figures below provide a rough idea of how much you could receive for a fall from height claim, based on the Judicial College Injury Tables. For a more accurate calculation of how much compensation you could be entitled to, based on your own circumstances, get in touch with JMW today. Our solicitors can give you a precise estimate that takes into account all of the details about your injury and the impact it has had on your life.
|Fractures between the elbow and wrist||£5,280 - £15,300|
|Shoulder injuries||Up to £6,290 - £38,280|
|Arm injuries||£15,300 - £104,370|
|Knee injuries||£13,000 - £76,690|
|Leg fractures that include the knee joint||£41,550 - £55,590|
|Back and spinal injuries||£1,950 - £322,060|
|Head injuries from falling objects||£1,760 - £322,060|
ACCIDENT COMPENSATION CALCULATOR
How much is your fall from height claim worth?
An Employer's Responsibility
Your employer has a legal duty to keep you safe while you are at work by taking certain steps to ensure the risk of accidents is reduced as much as possible.
If you have been injured as a result of your employer failing to adhere to their legal obligations in any or all of the following ways, you will be entitled to make a fall from height claim for compensation:
- Failed to carry out adequate risk assessments on ladders, scaffolding or other equipment to help you work at height
- Provided little to no supervision during high-risk work activities, such as working on ladders or scaffolding
- Provided insufficient or no training on equipment to help you work at height, such as ladders or scaffolding
- Failed to provide suitable equipment, including ladders and personal protective equipment
- Failed to ensure a safe system of work was provided and followed
Any equipment given to help you work at height such as ladders should be suitable for the job, in good working order and used by people who have been properly trained.
Our solicitors will gather evidence on your behalf to prove that your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence, so you are able to make a successful claim for compensation. You should get in touch as soon as possible if you decide you would like to make a claim or if you feel your employer has been negligent in one of the above-listed areas.
For more information about an employer’s responsibility to prevent falls from height, visit the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
What Should I Do if I Am Injured Following a Fall From Height?
There are several steps that will need to be taken to ensure the success of your claim, including:
- Ensuring the accident is reported to your employer and recorded in an accident book
- Taking the names and contact details of any witnesses to the accident
- Taking photographs, if possible, of any contributing factors, such as damaged equipment or an unsafe environment
It is best to complete these steps immediately after an accident; however, you should prioritise seeking medical treatment for your injuries, especially if they are serious. You can ask a colleague to collect this information on your behalf, and our solicitors can help you to gather evidence to support your claim if witnesses are identified.
Any serious injuries, such as broken bones and anything else that means you are unable to work for more than seven days, must be reported to HSE.
FAQs About Falling From Heights
What is classed as working at height?
This covers all work activities that take place above the ground. This means it is not limited just to situations where a person is working hundreds of metres in the air, but can include somebody standing on a chair or using a step ladder.
Which workers are most at risk of falling from heights?
All employees across all sectors could be at risk of falling from height at work; however, there are certain professions that are more likely to place workers at risk, including:
- Construction and maintenance workers
- Painters, decorators and window cleaners
- Workers in the transport industry
Can a fall from height claim be made by a family member who lost a loved one in an accident?
Family members are able to make a claim in the event of a fatal workplace accident. Making a claim can help families with the following:
- Compensation to cover the financial losses caused by a loved one’s death, any funeral expenses and the pain and suffering caused
- Legal representation at an inquest
- Finding the answers to why the accident happened
- Receiving an apology from those responsible
- Having measures put into place to prevent further accidents
If you are claiming on behalf of a family member who has died, you will have either three years from the date of their death or the date of the accident to make a claim.