Falls on a construction site can happen at three different levels – on the ground when involved in manual handling of building materials, when working on scaffolding or ladders and when working on a roof. Each level has it own set of health and safety regulations which have to be adhered to by an employer to ensure that construction workers have a safe environment in which to work, and each job within those levels has to have a risk assessment made before work is started to ensure that every employee is adequately protected against construction falls. Where an employer fails in his legal obligation to protect his employees, and you consequently suffer an injury from a fall, you are entitled to make a construction fall compensation claim.
Any fall on a construction site can result in severe injury, and when your fall has not been deemed sufficiently serious to call an ambulance, you should visit the accident and emergency department of your local hospital as soon as possible. Falls from any height can lead to internal injuries which are not immediately apparent, but which can manifest into long term health problems. In your haste to make a construction fall compensation claim, if you neglect your health you may be creating a worst situation for yourself as no amount of money can ever make up for a long term health problem that could have been prevented by timely medical intervention.
Making a Construction Fall Compensation Claim
Once you have visited the hospital, an entry will be made on your medical records and this – together with the relevant entry in your employer´s “Accident Report Book” – should accompany your application for compensation to the Injuries Board Ireland. Before you submit your claim, however, it is in your best interests to speak with a specialised personal injury* claims solicitor who will be able to guide you in respect of additional elements you may want to include on your application form. A construction fall compensation claim may also include “special damages” to account for out-of-pocket expenses, actual and potential loss of earnings, and a consideration for psychological trauma – particularly when your quality of life has been affected by your fall.
A solicitor will also be able to advise you about your rights according to your employment status, what to do if your employer denies liability for his part in your fall and how to deal with an insurance company that makes an approach to you with an offer of early settlement. A further advantage of using a solicitor is that if you return to work once your injuries are healed, you stand less chance of an awkward workplace confrontation if your construction fall compensation claim is being handled by a solicitor.
Because there are so many individual circumstances, we have set up a free advice telephone service which you are invited to call and discuss your own personal circumstances with an experienced personal injury* claims solicitor. You will be able to seek advice, ask questions and have any areas of knowledge where you may have received conflicting advice cleared up. The service is completely discrete and there is no obligation on you to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us.
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What You Can Expect When You Call
When you call our free advice telephone service, you will be speaking directly with a personal injury* claims solicitor with many years experience of dealing with construction site injuries and claims for compensation. None-the-less, every call we receive is unique because there are different circumstances surrounding each accident and people with widely varying personal motives for calling us.
Therefore, the first thing we would like to know is how your fall happened, what injuries you sustained and how they were treated. An important factor for us to know in your construction fall compensation claim is why you believe that your employer was liable for your accident and where you feel measures could have been taken to prevent it.
Wherever possible, we will make a preliminary assessment of your construction fall compensation claim – advising you whether you have a case which is worth your while to pursue, how long the claim will take to process and the likelihood of your success. We may also be able to give you a general idea of the level of compensation we would expect you to receive.
If you have called us because you are seeking advice about an approach by an insurance company with an offer of early settlement, we are happy to look at the offer to see if it represents a fair and adequate amount to compensate for the trauma you have suffered and advise you whether to accept it or not. This has to be your own personal decision.
We tend to end each initial conversation with a question and answer session to ensure that we have covered every point you wanted to ask and to provide some of our own advice for you. You are not obliged to follow any of our suggestions, and it is better that you reflect on them for a few days and discuss them with your family before coming to a decision.
Kindly note that you are only given two years by the Statute of Limitations before your construction fall compensation claim is time barred. As it is possible that you have spent some time recovering from your injuries and considerate of the fact that a comprehensive construction fall compensation claim may take some months to compile, we would suggest that you do not delay in calling our free advice telephone service.
Our lines are open from 8.00am to 10.00pm every day of the week, and if now is not a good time for you to call us, we can offer a call-back facility for your convenience. Simply fill your contact details in the call-back form below and one of our friendly and helpful team will be back in touch with you. We look forward to hearing from you.