Ladder Injury Claims
Read our free ladder injury claims guide that helps victims understand their rights following a accident or injury that wasn’t their fault.
Ladder injuries are most often associated with accidents at work. Poor work practices, inadequately maintained ladders and the pressure to get the job done can all make injuries from ladders far more likely. If your ladder accident or injury occurred at work, there is a very high probability that you will be able to make a personal injury compensation claim for the injuries you have sustained. If your ladder accident or injury occurred outside of the work environment, you will have to demonstrate that someone else was responsible for your injury, whether through carelessness, negligence or through actively causing the accident.
If you have suffered a ladder injury and are considering making a ladder injury compensation claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.
Common Reasons Why People Make Ladder Injury Claims
Working on a ladder is inherently dangerous and it is essential that any employer takes all reasonable measures to keep you safe. This includes making sure that you have access to appropriate protective equipment, such as well-maintained ladders and gloves to ensure that you always have sufficient grip, for example. It is also important that you are trained adequately and that this training is refreshed regularly. It is essential that your employer fosters a safe working culture. If members of staff are routinely expected to use a ladder without assistance, reach across large gaps to share equipment when working on a ladder or to work without the ladder being fully secured to save time, your employer is being negligent with your safety and that of your colleagues. Falling from a height can lead to extremely serious consequences, including spinal injury, paralysis and even death, so it is essential that correct procedures are followed at all times when working on a ladder.
Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For My Ladder Injury?
We believe that justice should always be available to those who have suffered a ladder accident or injury that wasn’t their fault. As a result, we offer our services on a no win no fee basis to the majority of our clients. No win no fee means that you will not need to pay anything up front. As soon as you have signed a no win no fee agreement with us, we are able to act on your behalf in your ladder injury claim. You will only need to pay our fees once you have been awarded compensation. Our fees are set as a percentage of your compensation payment, meaning that you know when accepting an offer of compensation how much you will receive. This means that you will never be out of pocket as a result of making a ladder injury claim and that there is no risk of legal fees exceeding the value of the compensation that you receive.
If you think that you might be able to make a ladder injury claim and would like to discuss a no win no fee arrangement, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form. Our expert team of personal injury claims specialists will discuss the details of your case and guide you through the process in a free, no obligation consultation.
How Much Compensation Am I Likely To Get For My Ladder Injury Claim?
We recognise that you are an individual with unique circumstances. The amount of compensation you could receive once you make a claim depends on a variety of factors. These can include:
1. The exact nature of your ladder injury. More severe injuries will lead to higher amounts of compensation. The severity of your injury is assessed in terms of pain and suffering and also loss of function. A very painful injury will result in higher compensation than a less painful one. Accidents where you lose strength or range of movement will also receive higher payments.
2. Psychological harm and stress can also be taken into account in compensation claims. Post traumatic stress disorder following a very severe ladder accident, for example, would be included in your compensation claim. Psychological difficulties following a ladder accident or injury are not easily visible, but we can guide you through getting evidence to support your claim, which may also help you access additional support and treatment as well.
3. Any financial losses you may have incurred. You should not be left worse off as a result of a ladder accident or injury that is not your fault. Compensation is there to help you to get back to the state you were in before your injury. As a result, any financial losses you may have had are covered by your compensation claim. This can include loss of earnings, if you have been unable to work. If you are permanently unable to return to your former career, this may also include the loss of potential future earnings. If you have had to modify your home or car, or make other purchases to help you adjust to your injury or to help with your rehabilitation, these would also be included. If you will require assistance for some time to come, the costs of this assistance will be estimated to ensure that you receive everything you need.
How Do I Make A Ladder Injury Claim?
Making a ladder accident and injury claim is similar to making any other personal injury claim, although it can be made slightly easier if it was a ladder accident at work, due to the statutory duty of care that your employer has for your safety. This means that your employer is legally required to look after your health and safety. Because they have this duty of care, it can be easier to prove that they were responsible (this is known as proving liability) than if the accident had taken place in a public place or some other circumstance. Whether your ladder accident took place at work or somewhere else, however, the process remains the same.
1. The first step in making a no win no fee ladder injury claim is to call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form for a free call back. We will then discuss the details of your case and find out whether we are able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis. If we are not able to offer this, we will discuss alternative funding methods with to ensure that you are still able to get the help you need in a way that is affordable.
2. Once you have signed an agreement with us, we are able to act on your behalf. We will write to the person responsible for your accident informing them that you are making a ladder injury claim. We will ask them to accept that they were at fault and give them a deadline by which they will have to respond.
3. If the other party does not accept liability, we will set about gathering evidence that your ladder injury was their fault. This could be through getting photos of any faulty equipment, obtaining witness statements or evidence from witnesses that safety equipment was missing or insufficient and in some cases by seeking written reports from industry experts as to the accepted safety practices within your specific industry. In most cases, once they have been presented with the collected evidence, the other party will accept their liability. If not, we may need to go to court to obtain the compensation you deserve, but this is unusual.
4. Once the other party have accepted liability for your ladder accident, we will conduct negotiations on your behalf to agree the amount of compensation you will receive. Although we will deal with all of the correspondence and conversations, you are completely in control of this process. We will pass on all offers made by the other side, and give you an honest opinion based on our years of experience as to whether the offer is fair or not. Often, the other party will make a very low offer as their first offer, partly to see whether you will accept it and also to set your expectations lower than you might have been thinking. This is known as a lowball offer. It can be difficult to know how much compensation is fair and reasonable, but we will give you impartial advice throughout the negotiations. Although we are advising you, the final decision as to whether to accept an offer of compensation or not will always rest with you.
If the other party does not accept liability or if it is not possible to agree on an amount of compensation, you may need to go to court to put forward your case. This is very rare, but if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in that position, we will be with your throughout, offering advice, support and assistance.
If you have suffered a ladder accident that wasn’t your fault, call us now on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation. Our expert team of personal injury claims solicitors will discuss the details of your case and give you honest, unbiased advice as to the likelihood of you winning your claim, the amount of compensation you are likely to receive and whether we are able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis.