If you have been injured in a ladder accident at work, you may be wondering whether you could be eligible to receive compensation. To have a valid personal injury claim, certain eligibility criteria must be met. We discuss what those are within this guide.
Furthermore, this guide will provide examples of how a ladder accident could occur in the workplace. We will also share the types of evidence that could be used to help support your case. Additionally, this guide will explain how compensation is valued for successful personal injury claims, and how a solicitor from our panel could help you with claiming compensation on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you would like to discuss your potential claim and receive free advice, or have any questions that this guide may not have covered, you can contact our friendly advisory team. They can be reached by:
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- When Could You Claim For A Ladder Accident At Work?
- Examples Of How A Ladder Accident Could Be The Result Of Employer Negligence
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- What Evidence Could Help You Claim Accident At Work Compensation?
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When you are in the workplace and performing work-related tasks, you are owed a duty of care by your employer. They must take reasonable and practicable actions to ensure your safety and health. This duty is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
Additionally, employers should adhere to the rules set out in the Work at Height Regulations 2005. This legislation is in place to avoid injuries and death from falls from a height. It states that employers must ensure work is properly planned, supervised, and carried out by people who are competent and relevantly trained. They also must carry out a risk assessment to determine whether there are any risks posing a risk of injury before any work is carried out at a height.
If there is a failure to do so, and you are harmed as a result, you might wonder whether you could claim compensation. To be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a ladder accident, you will need to prove:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty.
- You sustained an injury due to this breach.
To find out whether you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim, you can contact a member of our team. Additionally, you can continue reading this guide for more information.
Is There A Time Limit To Making A Work Injury Claim?
As outlined in The Limitation Act 1980, there is a time limit of three years from the day of the accident to start a personal injury claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, however.
For example, if a person lacks the mental capacity to make a claim on their own, the time limit will be paused indefinitely. In such cases, a litigation friend could make a claim on their behalf. If the person regains this mental capacity with no claim having already been made, the limitation period will start from the date of recovery.
For more information regarding other exceptions to the personal injury claim’s time limit, or to see if you have a valid ladder accident claim, contact our advisors.
There are various ways that a ladder accident could occur in the workplace. Some examples include:
- Your employer failed to provide you with sufficient training on how to use a ladder, causing you to fall from the ladder and sustain a back injury and knee injury.
- Regular maintenance checks were not performed, causing you to use a faulty ladder. For example, if the rungs of the ladder were damaged or loose, this could cause them to break as you are using it and you could suffer an injury, such as a broken leg.
- The ladder your employer has provided you with is not suitable for the environment you are working in. This could cause the steps of the ladder to slip, and you could fall and suffer a head injury.
These are only a few examples of how a ladder accident could occur. Also, not all accidents at work will form the basis of a valid claim. In order to have an eligible case, you must prove that your injuries were caused by your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you.
Compensation for a personal injury claim that has a successful outcome could include up to two heads of claim. These are known as special and general damages.
General damages compensate for any of the suffering and pain caused by your injuries. They take into account the severity, treatment, and recovery period of your injuries.
Many legal professionals will use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) alongside other documentation, such as an independent medical assessment, when valuing this head of your claim.
The JCG is a document that contains guideline compensation brackets for different injuries. The table below features some of the guideline brackets found in the 16th edition of this document. These figures are only to be used as guidance.
|An injury to the neck with incomplete paraplegia or results in permanent spastic quadriparesis.
|£65,740 to £130,930
|An injury to the neck which leads to serious damage or fractures to the cervical spine, resulting in disabilities of a considerable severity.
|£74,160 to £88,430
|A back injury that results in features such as impaired mobility, nerve root damage and a loss of sensation.
|£38,780 to £69,730
|Chronic conditions caused by soft tissue injuries or disc fractures or lesions.
|Loss of Function
|£47,620 to £59,860
|Injury leading to complete loss of function of the wrist, such as when an arthrodesis has been performed.
|£19,200 to £48,030
|A shoulder injury which is often associated with neck injuries and involves damage to the brachial plexus leading to a significant disability.
|£15,650 to £32,010
|Injuries leading to an impairment of function, but not a significant disability and don’t require major surgery.
|Less Serious (i)
|£17,960 to £27,760
|Fractures of the leg where an incomplete recovery is made. There may be issues such as a limp or metal implant.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Difficulty walking and standing for long periods and walking on ground that is uneven due to ligamentous tears or fractures.
|Up to £13,740
|Continuing symptoms such as pain and aching caused by puncture wounds, simple metatarsal fractures or ruptured ligaments.
In addition to general damages, you may also be able to claim special damages after an accident at work. Special damages account for any financial losses incurred as a result of your injuries. This includes but is not limited to, a loss of earnings due to time off work, the cost of renovations needed to make your home more accessible, the cost of travel to and from necessary medical appointments, or care costs. You should collect evidence to support these losses.
If you have been injured in a ladder accident at work and would like to receive a free valuation of your potential claim, you can contact one of our advisors.
After suffering an injury at work, an important step of the personal injury claims process is collecting any relevant evidence relating to the accident. This could be used to help prove how your employer breached their duty of care, and the injuries you suffered as a result.
Some evidence that may be useful in supporting an accident at work claim includes:
- CCTV footage of the incident.
- Medical evidence confirming the injuries you sustained and the treatment you needed for them. This could be a copy of your medical records.
- Images of your visible injuries and accident site.
- A copy of the report from your workplace’s accident book.
- The contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. They could provide a statement about the events at a later date.
- Evidence regarding the financial losses you have suffered due to your injuries. For example, your payslips could help with proving a loss of earnings.
These are just a few examples of the evidence you could use to help support your personal injury claim for a ladder accident. For further examples, or to receive free advice for your case, you can contact an advisor.
If you have been involved in a ladder accident at work, one of the solicitors on our panel could help you with making a personal injury claim, provided you meet the relevant eligibility criteria.
By offering you a form of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement, you will not pay your solicitor anything for their services upfront or while your claim is in progress. Additionally, your solicitor won’t ask you to pay for the work they have provided if your claim fails.
However, should they succeed with your personal injury claim, they will deduct a legally limited percentage from your compensation as their success fee.
To discuss your personal injury claim and receive free advice, you can contact a member of our advisory team. If they think you have a strong case, they could put you in contact with a No Win No Fee solicitor on our panel. To get started, you can:
For additional guides by us regarding accident at work claims, you can read:
- I suffered an injury when I tripped and fell in the workplace, could I make a personal injury claim?
- If you are wondering how much you could receive in fall at work compensation, this guide could be helpful.
- Information on how long after an accident at work could you start a personal injury claim.
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To see whether you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim following a ladder accident at work, contact a member of our team today.