Building sites are particularly hazardous places to work. Many injuries and accidental deaths happen every year. Falling objects and collapses, a fall from height, electrical accidents, defective equipment or faulty machinery are all common risks. Conditions and illnesses are also a threat, from unsafe levels of noise causing hearing impairment to cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Completely removing the chance of these types of accidents and injuries happening is impossible, but putting measures in place to reduce those chances isn’t.
No matter the size of the site or purpose of the project, contractors and employers have a duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees so far as is reasonably practicable. If they breach this duty, and you suffer an injury as a result, you can claim compensation.
Making a building site accident claim
To make a building site accident claim, you must have suffered an injury because your employer breached one or more of their duties. As well as the general duty to protect their employee’s health, safety and welfare, employers are also required to:
- carry out risk assessments
- have preventive and protective measures in place to manage and control risks
- provide their employees with full and relevant information and training on those risks and the measures for controlling them
- provide their employees with the equipment and protective clothing they need
- make sure equipment is safe and maintained
If they fail to comply with those duties, and you suffer an accident as a result of their negligence, you can claim compensation. This involves building a convincing case backed by strong evidence showing the extent of your injuries and how your employer’s negligence caused them. How much you can claim depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident, how severely you were injured, the impact the injury will have on the rest of your life and any other damage or loss you’ve suffered.
It’s important to remember that most employers have insurance covering their liability for workplace accidents. In many cases, this means negotiating with the employer’s insurer to reach a settlement. We have vast experience dealing with employers and their insurers, and will work closely with you to get you the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to.
Accidents at work: why choose us?
We advise individuals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on bringing personal injury claims against their employers and, sometimes, against fellow employees. We work quickly to establish the facts, gather evidence and advise on the best legal and tactical approach to take. You will find that we are expert workplace accident solicitors who will support you all the way, and skilled negotiators and litigators who will fight your corner.
You don’t need to worry about the expenses involved. Our workplace accident lawyers offer a variety of funding options, will be upfront about the costs involved and take on cases on a no win no fee basis.
Contact our Workplace Accident Lawyers Liverpool, UK
Get in touch with an expert accident at work solicitor at Emerald Law by calling us today on 0333 3052 831 or simply complete our online contact form and one of our experienced first response team members will get back to you.