Have you suffered an injury after falling from a ladder?
Falls from a height, including from scaffolding and ladders, are a major safety concern.If your job entails working at height, you should be aware of the risksand have an expectation of safety whilst carrying out tasks with an element of danger. Employers should make sure that all work at height is properly planned, supervised, and carried out by competent members of the workforce who have received the necessary training, and possess the right type of equipment for the job.
Accidents of this nature can result in a range of injuries, and even fatalities. It’s therefore essential that necessary safety precautions are in place and taken seriously.
Common injuries sustained after falling from a ladder
Falling from a height, whether you are two or twenty rungs up your ladder, can have serious medical consequences. Although injury may vary depending on the angle you fall at, or the height you fall from, it is likely you will sustain one or more of the common injuries listed below:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Damage to internal organs
- Back injuries
- Arm and shoulder injuries
- Leg and knee injuries
Often the most frustrating and upsetting thing about a serious injury or fatality caused by a workplace ladder fall is that it could actually have been prevented if the employer or company concerned had followed safety legislation.
In order to minimise the risk of a fall from height, employers should:
- Reduce the risk of slips by ensuring grip-surfaces where workers will be standing
- Ensure safe access – at ground level where possible
- Assess whether a ladder is safe for the job: they should only be used where the risk is minimal and the work will be of a short duration
- Provide guard rails, hand rails and where possible, scissor lifts
- Ensure that scaffolding and ladders are used correctly and erected on level and stable surfaces
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment e.g. Safety Harnesses and adequate training in their use
Instances where one or more of these safety steps has not been taken, are far too common, with ladder fall injuries being sustained when ladders have been placed on uneven or slippery flooring, are unstable or incorrectly erected, when Protective Equipment is not supplied, or when a faulty ladder has been used without initial assessment.
We understand that this can be a difficult and distressing time. If you have been injured in a ladder-related incident, making a claim for compensation may be the last thing you want to think about, but we would urge you to get the ball rolling and establish if you are eligible for compensation as soon as possible.
Claims can take considerable time to conclude, and in the meantime, your finances could be severely stretched. We deal with most cases on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis, leaving you to focus on your recovery, rather than worrying about legal costs.
Attwood Solicitors will work hard to ensure a fast resolution for your case, without adding further hassle or stress to your life. Contact us today for a free consultation, expert advice, and support with your claim.
Determining liability is the first step in a Personal Injury case, and evidence will be required to prove that a third party was responsible for any injury or illness for which you are seeking compensation.
If you are unsure who is liable, or you are struggling to collect evidence, but still believe that you deserve compensation for your injuries, get in touch with our team immediately. We may be able to help build your case by talking with witnesses, experts, or other stakeholders to establish the facts.
After you’ve been injured as a result of an accident with a ladder, it’s understandable that your main objective will be to recover from your experience and put it behind you. Claiming compensation for your accident is often a good way of doing this, as it not only provides financial support at a time when you need it the most, but should also help you feel that justice has been served.
We work tirelessly to ensure that each client is awarded the maximum compensation possible for their case. If you are successful in your claim, you may be awarded compensation for one or more of the following:
- The injury sustained, including physical and mental damage. Compensation is awarded based on pain, suffering, and inability to resume ‘normal’ life.
- Financial losses, including loss of earnings since the accident. Loss of potential future earnings may also be considered.
- Out-of-pocket expenses including medical costs and travel to medical appointments. (Please note: It’s important to keep any receipts for out-of-pocket expenses so that they can be included in any claim).
- Future needs – It may be necessary to make adjustments in the future, such as adaptations at home, which may also be claimed for.
Our experience and expertise in Personal Injury cases will help you to secure the compensation you deserve.
If you have sustained a personal injury, seeking compensation may be the last thing on your mind, but it’s important to be aware that there are time limits for taking legal action. Don’t worry, we understand that it may be difficult for you to talk about what has happened, but please rest-assured that our sympathetic team is here to support you, and will make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.
We will take some basic details and information about what has happened, before introducing you to a carefully selected solicitor who specialises in your type of claim. They will then guide you through the rest of the process. (You can find out more about what that involves in the Attwood Solicitor’sGuide to Personal Injury Claims).
We deal with most cases under a Conditional Fee Agreement, also known as ‘No win, No fee’. This means:
- No upfront payments
- Nothing to pay if your claim does not succeed
- No risk
- Lack of funds will not prohibit you from making a claim
There are many companies offering support for Personal Injury claims, but before you decide which one you trust to secure the best outcome for your case, here are some things you that you should know about Attwood Solicitors:
- We are Personal Injury Specialists – that means we focus solely on ONE area of specialism, rather than trying to be a Jack of All Trades. As such, our expertise is unrivalled.
- We are committed to processing your claim to the best of our ability, ensuring the best outcome for you, in the least stressful way possible.
- We have a huge depth of experience and wide-ranging case history, which means that we can offer the best legal knowledge to support your claim.
- We have a proven track record of successful claims and are proud of our reputation as leaders in our field.
- We believe you have suffered enough already, and therefore undertake all Personal Injury Claims on a No Win, No Fee basis.
- We believe you should have your own appointed Legal Expert to ensure continuity of care and tailored support.
- We offer a sympathetic and supportive approach, understanding that you have been through, and are still going through, a difficult time.
- We believe that open and honest communication is the key to a successful client relationship, and will keep you informed throughout, with clear and precise information.
- We offer a free initial consultation where we will be honest with you about the likely success of your claim.
- Our integrity is paramount, and we therefore offer our expertise in a caring and considerate way, where all decisions are made in the best interests of the client.
- We will guide you and fight your corner for you, making the process as stress-free as possible.