Case Study: Fall from an Unsuitable Ladder at Work
If you have been injured after falling from a ladder at work, you are entitled to make a claim for the pain and suffering caused. JMW can help you secure compensation and will provide expert guidance to you throughout the course of your claim, giving you the best chance of achieving the outcome you deserve.
Miss C was awarded £10,000
JMW has helped a woman obtain £10,000 in compensation from her employers after she fell and injured herself while using unsuitable ladders.
Miss C made a claim against her employers after falling from an unsuitable ladder at work. She got in touch with JMW's accidents at work solicitors and trusted them to handle her claim.
Miss C was asked to retrieve a fan from a shelf in the warehouse of her work premises. She used a ladder, which slipped from underneath her, causing her to fall to the ground. Miss C had already taken her case to another firm, but they didn't think it had good enough chances of succeeding and stopped dealing with her.
Transferring the case
Miss C got in touch with us through a former JMW client. We were delighted to take on her case and asked Miss C's previous solicitor for her case notes. The solicitor then forwarded documents that the defendant's solicitor had provided, including:
- A certificate of achievement from her organisation's induction process
- A certificate of achievement from a Health and Safety Awareness course
- A 'Working at Height' Risk Assessment
- A witness statement from Miss C's company
The defendant's solicitor denied liability for Miss C's accident. They claimed that Miss C used the wrong ladder when she was in the warehouse, and had training that made her aware of the right ladders to use in any given situation.
Miss C disputed this and told us that the training she was given was not relevant to her position. She also told us that the ladder she used had been used as standard in the company, when it was required to get to the shelf she had been reaching for.
Getting a settlement
The defendant's solicitor contacted us, agreeing to consider settling Miss C's case if they could have an independently prepared medical report and a Schedule of Loss, outlining all of Miss C's quantifiable losses.
The medical report confirmed that Miss C had suffered a bump to her head and bruising to her head and right knee, as well as pain and stiffness in her lower back caused by a soft tissue injury, all as a result of the accident. It also recommended that Miss C be referred to a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in light of ongoing trouble she was having with her knee. Miss C decided not to seek the advice of the surgeon, because she wanted to simply get her claim settled as soon as possible.
Miss C's solicitor, Wendy, then sent this report to the defendant's solicitor, to encourage them to settle the case for an appropriate level of compensation. She also sent them Miss C's Schedule of Loss.
There was no response from the defendant's solicitor regarding the claim, and we had to keep pressing them to respond to our contact. Although they refused to admit liability for Miss C's accident, we were eventually able to encourage the defendant's solicitor to respond. The defendant's solicitor made an offer of £10,000 to settle Miss C's case, which she happily accepted.
How Much Could I Claim?
The amount of compensation you are able to claim following a fall from a ladder will be dependent on the circumstances of the incident and the injuries sustained. However, you can get a better idea of how much money you could be entitled to using our compensation calculator.
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