Construction accident compensation claims.
Building sites are synonymous with personal injury and danger. Scaffolding, lots of holes to fall down, things to fall off, and huge machinery that can be extremely dangerous, are all part of a days work in the building and construction industry.
If you have been injured whilst working on, or visiting a building site, then contact MG Legal’s fully- qualified specialist personal injury solicitors.
All Construction and Building Site Compensation Claims are taken on a NO WIN NO FEE basis, with no financial risk to our clients, and our Construction Injury Experts have a success rate in excess of 99%.
What sort of Construction site workplace personal injury can I claim for?
Despite 21st century health and safety legislation, injuries, illness and even fatalities in the construction industry, are still common place.
The construction industry has a high injury rate of 3.1% of employees reporting an injury, sustained in the course of their work, as well as one of the highest rates of workplace deaths. The construction industry, including the branch of manufacture and trade based on the building, maintaining, and repairing structures, including drilling and mineral exploration, is rated as the second most dangerous job in the UK, by the Health and Safety Executive.
Overall, the provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally injured between April 2018 and March 2019 – this equating to roughly 0.5 per 100,000.00 staff and employees. The reality is far more alarming, with literally hundreds of thousands of building site and construction workers injured at work, each year.
Some injuries are unavoidable- that doesn’t mean that if you are injured that you cannot pursue a claim for personal injury, because you certainly can. What it does mean though, is that when working in any sector of the construction industry, be it non-residential, which has three sub-sectors (heavy industrial, institutional and commercial, engineering), or residential, personal injury is a very real threat.
To avoid injury to employees, the Health and Safety Executive offer regular updates and advice on legislation such as the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015. The idea behind any workplace legislation is to avoid risk, and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are no different in that the Regulations offer guidance to employers on how to consult with employees about dangers and risks to health in the workplace, and communicate any information about risks, and how they are to be managed, to those who need to know. Under the CDM Regulations, employers must plan work so that risks are capable of being effectively managed from start to finish.
If you have been injured on a building or construction site, be it heavy industrial, institutional and commercial, engineering, or the building of residential properties, then contact our friendly, expert personal injury solicitors, for no nonsense, simple advise as to how we can get your no win no fee, accident at work compensation claim started.
The most common ways to sustain personal injury on a construction site are:
What to do if you are injured on a construction site?
If you are not seriously injured, and are able to do so, take photographs of whatever has caused you to be injured at work. Were you burnt? Hit by a falling object, or suffered a whiplash injury from being jolted or a minor fall? If the incident was witnessed, then take the details of the witnesses, in case liability is disputed. Take pictures of the scene of the accident, and remember to tell your employer, or whomever is in charge of the construction site, as the incident must be reported in the accident book. Make sure that full details of the accident are reported, along with full details of your injuries. Attend the Accident and Emergency department of your local hospital, if you need medical assistance, or your GP if the injuries are soft tissue, whiplash injuries, requiring simple analgesia.
What if I am seriously injured on a construction site?
Subject to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), employers, and other people in control of work premises, have a duty to report and keep records of all work-related accidents which cause death; work-related accidents which cause certain serious injuries; diagnosed cases of certain industrial diseases; and certain ‘dangerous occurrences’ (incidents with the potential to cause harm).
Obviously, if you are seriously injured, you will not be able to get witness details, or take photographs of the construction site, or the object, person, or machinery that was the cause of your personal injury. If seriously injured in a construction site accident, then if you instruct MG Legal’s expert solicitors to pursue your claim for personal injury compensation, then, as you’re recovering, we will be doing the hard work for you, carrying out investigations, site inspections, and interviewing witnesses to the incident.
If you are unable to complete an accident report at the time of the incident, all is not lost as your employer must, within 10 days of the serious accident, report the matter to the Health and Safety Executive. Serious work related personal injuries that must be related, by your employer, to the HSE include:
Fractures, to legs, arms, any other bones other than those affecting fingers, thumbs, and toes. amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe;
Permanent loss of sight or reduction of sight;
Crush injuries leading to internal organ damage;
Serious burns (covering more than 10% of the body), or damaging the eyes;
Scalpings (separation of skin from the head) which require hospital treatment;
Unconsciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia;
Hypothermia, heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours;
In the event of an employee’s death whilst working on a construction or building site the construction worker’s family are able to claim for the death of their loved one.
How much compensation will I receive if I am injured on a construction or building site?
Bearing in mind the number of ways there are to be injured on a building site, there is no one answer that we can give in response to this question. Have a look at our personal injury compensation calculator, for some rough figures, that do not include any claims for loss of earnings, medical cae and attention, housing renovations, or loss of things like congenial employment.
Every one of MG Legal’s clients are different, the injuries the sustain vary, as do the effects on their lives. From injuries to the head, neck and upper body, or being crushed, personal injury compensation, often called general damages, is based upon the nature and severity of the injuries sustained, and to the area of the body affected.
As we are all different, and can sustain different injuries at work. MG Legal’s expert team of personal injury solicitors value all personal injury claims with reference to the 15th edition of the Judicial Studies Board Guidelines, and then research every client’s individual circumstances, so they receive the maximum personal injury compensation they deserve.
The best way to answer the question of, how much personal injury compensation will I receive, is to contact MG Legal’s personal injury compensation solicitors and we will ensure that the best medical treatment is sought for you, and a medical report is compiled, detailing all of your injuries, and how your life has been affected as a result of your injury sustained on a construction site.
How long does a claim for construction site personal injury compensation take to settle?
Every personal injury claim is different, and the length of time to settlement, depends upon the injuries sustained, and your employer, or the person in charge of the construction site, admits liability for causing your personal injury. More often than not, a claim for personal injury, also includes damage to clothing and possessions, lost earnings and medication costs.
The aim of the workplace injury solicitors at MG Legal, is for our clients to receive the maximum amount of personal injury compensation possible. If you are serioulsy injured, then settlement can take monhs, so we can ask for an interim paymemt, to get you back on your feet again, and aid your recovery.
How long do I have to make a claim for a Personal Injury sustained on a construction site?
The Limitation Act 1980 states that, in most cases at least, an injured party has 3 years to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Minors, meaning children under the age of 18, have 3 years from the date of their 18th birthday. Time limits may differ if you are acting on behalf of someone with limited mental capacity, if you are acting as guardian or subject a lasting power of attorney. If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact one of MG Legal’s personal injury experts, here…
Why should I choose MG Legal for my construction site personal injury claim?
With a success rate in excess of 99%, our reputation is one we are very proud of, and MG Legal’s solicitors are the envy of many solicitors, nationwide. Our team do not simply clock off and go home at 5pm- we are often here long into the night, investigating claims, and winning personal injury compensation for our clients. From simple soft-tissue whiplash claims, to catastrophic injuries, choose MG Legal and you will be allocated one of our expert personal injury solicitors, and you will have our undivided attention. MG Legal’s personal injury team are all fully-qualified solicitors - we do not employ people who are not qualified, and passionate about successfully settling our clients’ personal injury compensation claims.