Ladder Fall Claims
Our free claims guide is to help victims who have suffered a accident or injury due to a ladder fall. Our solicitors are here 7 days a week to start your claim for compensation.
Used carefully and with all the necessary assistance and support, working on ladders can be remarkably safe. Sometimes, however, things do go wrong. If the ladder you are using is faulty, or if you do not have someone to assist you when you are working with a ladder, you may fall and suffer serious injuries. If your ladder fall was not your fault and you were injured as a result, you are likely to be able to claim compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
If you are thinking about making a ladder fall claim, or if you have any questions about whether you might be able to make a ladder fall claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
Common Ladder Fall Injuries
The most common place for our clients to suffer their ladder fall injury was at work. When you are at work, your employer has a responsibility to keep you safe and to ensure that your work on a ladder does not lead you to become injured. This responsibility is what allows you to claim. If your ladder fall injury did not occur at work, you may still be able to make a personal injury compensation claim for your ladder fall injury, but you will have to demonstrate whose fault your ladder fall was. Examples of this could be the manufacturer if the ladder you used was faulty.
Work-related ladder falls are often due to one of two causes:
- Poor Working Practices
Working on a ladder is inherently dangerous, and it is your employer’s responsibility to ensure that they have taken all reasonable steps to keep you safe. This includes putting up railings to prevent falls, requiring all employees to wear harnesses when working at very great heights, ensuring that tasks do not require stretching or leaning across gaps when working on a ladder and ensuring that all staff are appropriately trained in the policies and procedures that keep them safe when working in this way. If you have fallen from a ladder at work, you may well be able to claim compensation as result of your injury. Many of us are tempted to write off a fall as us ‘being clumsy’, but it is your employer’s job to make sure that ‘being clumsy’ doesn’t lead to you being seriously injured. If insufficient care was taken to keep you safe, your employer is likely to be considered at fault. Falls from a ladder can lead to lasting back, hip or spinal injuries, as well as nerve damage, broken bones and concussions.
- Poorly Maintained or Faulty Equipment
This includes a wide range of problems and injuries. Poorly maintained or faulty ladders can make falls and slips more likely. They can also collapse, causing significant damage to anyone unlucky enough to be underneath it. Alternatively, if you are using poorly maintained or inappropriate equipment while you are on the ladder, this may put you at increased risk of accident, for example it may mean that you need to use excessive force when using a screwdriver, causing you to overbalance if your hand slips. You have the right to expect that your job is not made more dangerous by having to use faulty or damaged equipment. If you have been injured as a result of having to use faulty equipment, you are likely to be eligible for compensation for your injuries.
Can I Make A Ladder Fall Claim?
Following your ladder fall, the thought of making a personal injury claim can be intimidating. We are here to help you understand the process and the requirements of the legal system. In order to make a compensation claim for your personal injury following an accident, several things need to be true.
- There must be someone who is to blame for your ladder fall. You can only make a claim for personal injury if someone had a responsibility to prevent or mitigate the situation you found yourself in (make the injury less severe) and failed to do so. Your employer, for example, is responsible for your safety whilst you are at work and when you are carrying out tasks related to your job. If you are not provided with the appropriate training, equipment and working environment to carry out your job safely, your employer could be liable (legally responsible) for any accident you suffer.
- You must usually know who you consider to be to blame. There are a few circumstances where you may be able to make a claim against an unknown person, for example following a ‘hit and run’ car accident where you cannot identify the driver. In most normal circumstances, however, you will need to know who you are claiming against before we can begin your claim.
- You must have sustained an injury and/or loss as a result of your injury. The injury you sustain as a result of your accident need not be entirely physical in nature, as it is also possible to claim for psychological difficulties that have occurred as a result of your accident. Your claim amount is not limited to the immediate physical or psychological injuries you have sustained, but you cannot claim for near misses or accidents that did not lead to any actual consequences.
Could I Lose My Job For Making A Ladder Fall Injury Claim?
It is illegal for your employer to dismiss you as a result of you bringing a ladder fall at work claim. They are not allowed to punish you in any way, which includes firing you, passing you over for promotion or changing your duties to less desirable ones in response to your claim. The overwhelming majority of employers would not want to punish an employee for claiming the compensation they need to recover fully after ladder fall at work. For the small number who might, knowing that you have a specialist team of solicitors working on your ladder fall at work claim may be enough to make them realise that such actions will put them in breach of their obligations under the law again.
We will be with you all the way, and will remind your employers of their obligations, should this be necessary. You should never be in a position where you are punished for seeking justice for the injury you have suffered as a result of your ladder fall at work. If you have concerns about this or any other aspect of making a fall at work claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form. Our expert claims team will discuss your case with you and ensure that you get the help you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.
How Do I Make A Ladder Fall Claim?
Once you have accepted us as your solicitors, usually by signing a no win no fee agreement, we are able to act on your behalf. This will involve us writing to the person or organisation at fault in your ladder fall accident and informing them that you are bringing a personal injury compensation case against them.
We will ask the other party to accept liability. This is the legal term for accepting that they (or their customer, in the case of an insurance company) was at fault for what happened. In many cases, this is very straightforward but other cases can be much more complex. We will put together the evidence and make sure that the right person is paying your compensation.
Once we know who was at fault for your ladder fall accident or injury and this has been agreed with them, we will conduct negotiations on your behalf. Although we will handle all of the correspondence and admin and give you our expert legal claims advice, you are in control throughout this process. We will inform you of every offer of compensation you receive, even if we think that it is much, much too low. We will advise you on whether this offer is a fair one but the final decision of whether to accept or reject any offer is always yours.
Compensation Amounts For Ladder Fall Claims
Our personal injury claims solicitors are here to listen to the details of your case, making sure that we understand what happened to you, the full details of your personal injury as a result of your ladder fall accident and the ways in which these injuries have impacted your life. This means that we are able to ensure that you get the full compensation that you are entitled to. Compensation payments for specific injuries are set by the Judicial College (a national governing body), but these payments often make up only a small part of the compensation you are awarded. Compensation is also awarded to cover any costs or expenses you may have incurred as a result of your ladder fall.
These payments could be for loss of earnings if you are unable to work for a period of time following your ladder fall accident, the cost of travel to and from work if you are able to return to work but not able to drive there yourself. They can also include much larger and more serious items, such as loss of future earning if you are unable to continue in your previous job or making modifications to your home such as putting in a stairlift or moving to a wheelchair accessible home if this becomes necessary. By working with our team, you know that you are getting the best compensation deal that you can, taking your unique circumstances into account.
What If I Can’t Afford To Make A Ladder Fall Claim?
With our no win no fee arrangements, you will not need to pay anything upfront to make a compensation claim for your ladder fall accident and injury. We will take over all of the arrangements and you will only have to pay if we are able to win your claim. This allows us to take all of the risk out of making a claim to get you the compensation you are entitled to. There are a very limited set of circumstances under which we are not able to offer no win no fee arrangements, for example clinical negligence or if your accident was as a result of someone else carrying out a criminal act. Under these circumstances, we would discuss the available options with you to make sure that you have the best possible chance of getting the justice you deserve.
If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a ladder fall that wasn’t your fault, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.