Construction Accident Lawyer: Make a claim with Beacon Law
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Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites pose numerous dangers and risks of injury, including accidents involving heavy machinery, materials, chemicals, and heights. Over 80,000 construction site injuries were reported by the Health and Safety Executive from 2019-2020, emphasising the frequency of such accidents.
Construction workplace injury claims can range from minor to severe, including fatalities, and it is the responsibility of employers and site managers to minimize the risk of these accidents. If you have suffered an injury at a construction site, reach out to Beacon Law for assistance with your building site accident claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Incidents our construction accident lawyers have assisted with
Beacon Law has handled a variety of construction site accident claims, including frequent incidents such as slips, trips and falls, injuries from heavy machinery, exposure to chemicals, and falling objects or structures.
If you have sustained an injury from a construction site not listed here, you may still be eligible for compensation. Reach out to Beacon Law to speak with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers about your case.
Injuries caused by construction site accidents
Construction sites pose numerous dangers that can lead to injury, including falls, being struck by falling debris, collapsing structures, faulty machinery, and lack of personal protective equipment. Injuries are common on building sites, with some being serious or life-threatening.
The most common injuries include head and brain injuries from falling objects or falls from heights, spinal cord injuries from falls from heights such as unstable scaffolds, broken bones from slips, trips, falls, being hit by moving vehicles, eye injuries due to lack of eye protection, and lifting objects without proper equipment or training.
These are just a few examples, but there may be other types of injuries. If you have suffered any injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to initiate your building site accident compensation claim.
What should you do if you have been involved in a Construction site accident
If you have been injured in a construction site accident as a result of your employer’s negligence, you may be able to make a construction accident claim for compensation against your employer. Before making a claim, you should:
- Report the accident to a senior member of staff on site. You should ensure that details are recorded in an incident report and request a copy of the report.
- Seek medical attention. If you have been injured, you should attend your G.P. or a hospital to obtain treatment for your injuries. Keep hold of any receipts for parking or medical treatment as evidence of your additional losses.
- Obtain evidence to support your claim. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident, your injuries, or anything which may be relevant to support your claim. It may also be useful if you can obtain witness statements from anyone who witnessed the incident.
- Contact Beacon Law. If you would like to make a claim against your employers for an accident on a building site, get in touch with our construction injury lawyers using the contact details below to start you claim.
Does it matter if I’m self-employed or employed?
Being self-employed is common among construction workers and general contractors, but you may still be considered an “employee” for compensation purposes if a company directs you to perform a job and provides the necessary materials and equipment. This is because the law has evolved to recognise self-employed tradespeople as employees in certain situations. It is crucial to establish that you were an employee, not self-employed, in order to make a claim against the employer for violating your health and safety rights.
Your entitlement to make a claim
During the initial consultation with a specialist construction accident lawyer, you will receive advice on injury claims and be informed of the time limit regulations. Our lawyers will ask for information regarding your accident and the resulting injuries. This information will be used to evaluate the chances of your claim being successful. Possible questions include details about the accident location, time, date, witness accounts, defendant, and circumstances.
It is important to gather evidence during the early stages of your claim to support your case. Evidence may include CCTV footage, medical records, injury photos, and witness statements. Your personal injury lawyer may also request a formal medical examination to produce medical reports on your injuries. These reports will provide crucial medical evidence of the type and extent of your injuries.
There are many health and safety regulations in place to protect employees on construction sites. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (2015) are designed to protect employees from getting injured in construction environments. The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996 provide further protection and place a duty on employers and site owners to:
- Provide a safe place of work for employees
- Provide a safe means of access to and from the place of work
- Prevent falls from height
- Ensure scaffolding is erected under competent supervision
- Prevent injuries due to falling objects
If your claim is deemed likely to succeed, our firm will offer to represent you on a “no win no fee” basis, meaning you won’t have to pay any legal fees if the claim is unsuccessful.
The defendant will be notified of your claim and may either accept or deny responsibility for your injuries. If responsibility is accepted, settlement negotiations may begin. If denied, legal proceedings may ensue.
How much compensation could you receive?
The amount of compensation you may receive for construction injury claims varies greatly and is difficult to predict. Personal injury lawyers, however, are well-equipped to handle such cases and will aim to ensure a fair settlement for your injuries.
The construction accident lawyers will assess your case for both general and special damages. General damages cover compensation for the injuries sustained in the accident, such as pain and suffering. The amount will depend on the type and extent of the injury, medical opinions, and its long-term effects.
Special damages refer to financial losses incurred as a result of the accident, such as lost income, medical bills and travel expenses, and other costs directly related to the accident.
Our expert solicitors will calculate both types of damages and negotiate a settlement with the defendant and their insurance company on your behalf.
How long will it take to settle the claim?
The length of time it takes to settle a personal injury claim can vary based on the complexity and severity of the injury. If the defendant accepts responsibility, we strive to reach a settlement within 6 to 9 months. However, this timeframe may be extended if the necessary evidence is difficult to obtain or the defendant is hard to reach.
How much does a construction accident lawyer cost?
Our construction accident lawyers at Beacon Law offer no win no fee agreements on all personal injury claims we accept. The one requirement would only to be up front and honest about all the details related to your accident so we can present your case in the strongest possible manner.
In the unfortunate event that your case fails then you will still not need to pay us anything. If your case is successful, then our fees will be deducted from your final amount of awarded compensation at the conclusion of the case. These fees will be discussed with you before we initiate your claim.
How can a construction accident lawyer from Beacon Law assist?
Beacon Law is a specialist personal injury solicitor with ample experience of dealing with no win no fee construction injury claims. Our expertise in this area of law means we can provide an exceptional standard of service to our clients, and we work tirelessly to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome and highest level of compensation for your injuries.
Beacon Law is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. To find out more about our no win, no fee claims funding and legal fees, please have a look at the funding section on our website.
If you have suffered an accident at work at the fault of someone else, then please contact us today on 0330 1332 857 to start your claim or complete our contact form at the top of the page to request a call back from a construction accident lawyer.