If you have suffered an injury or developed a medical condition as a consequence of working on a building site, then you may be eligible for compensation. While there is no doubt that there have been huge improvements in safety across the construction/building industry, there are still areas which need improvement.
If you require further information and guidance about a potential claim, then you should approach a claims management company.
Over the years, we have seen the introduction of numerous acts of Parliament to improve health and safety in the building/construction industries. There have also been improvements to employee protections, and as a consequence, employers now have a duty of care towards all of their employees.
We will now take a look at some of the more frequently asked questions regarding building site claims and examples of negligence.
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When you consider the variety of building sites and the various activities, this is a potentially broad list. Some of the more common building/construction site accidents include:-
This list is only the tip of the iceberg as it is impossible to list all of the potential accidents on building/construction sites. However, this list will give you an idea of where safety measures should be in place and where your employer may be liable in the event of injury.
Over the years we have seen claims for a huge array of different injuries received on building sites. Some of the more common include:-
When you also consider that many building sites will have administration offices, this also expands the potential variation of injuries and accidents.
Yes. There is a whole range of different acts of Parliament brought in to protect those working in the building/construction industry and the wider employment market.
These include the:-
Unfortunately, despite the introduction of a huge number of acts of parliament, regulations and inspection services, building/construction sites still account for a large number of injuries and deaths each year.
As one example, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 places a legal duty of care on all employers with regards to the health and safety of their employees.
This duty of care includes:-
In theory, if your employer failed to fulfil any one of the obligations under their duty of care, then they may be found negligent.
There is a three-year window of opportunity in which you must lodge a claim for compensation. There is some confusion about when this time limit begins because very often the date of an accident/incident would be different from the date of diagnosis.
Indeed, with some medical conditions, it may be weeks, months or even years down the line before you are officially diagnosed. Therefore, it is important to realise that the three-year window of opportunity begins when you are first diagnosed with a condition/injury.
As we touched on above, the first issue to consider when claiming compensation is proof of negligence. You will need to prove that your employer was negligent in some shape or form before you can pursue a compensation claim.
Traditional types of evidence used include:-
This is just a snapshot of some of the more traditional types of evidence used to approve negligence on behalf of your employer. So, what should you do when you have collated as much evidence as possible?
When approaching a claims management company, they will review the evidence/details of your case and consider your chances of success. If they believe you have a minimum 60% chance of success, they will likely offer to take on your case.
The majority of claims management companies will offer a “no win no fee” arrangement which will effectively indemnify you from any costs incurred in pursuing your claim. In exchange, they will look to negotiate a “success fee” which would be a share of any compensation award.
The average success fee is around 25% of the compensation awarded, although it will vary depending on the type of injury, level of compensation and duration of the case.
When looking at injury compensation, you will come across both general damages and special damages. General damages relate to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. The issue of special damages is a little more complicated.
This relates to expenses already incurred as a consequence of your injuries, expected funding requirements going forward and other issues such as loss of earnings. There are defined ranges for general damages, while special damages are potentially unlimited.
The Following List Will Give You an Idea of Potential Compensation Payments for Different Injuries:-
Your claims management representative will be able to advise you of particular levels of compensation for specific injuries.
While it is fair to say that health and safety standards on building/construction sites across the UK have improved in recent years, there are still far too many accidents in this environment.
The tightening of regulations and the introduction of a legal duty of care has seen many employers taken to court as a consequence of employee injuries. If you believe that you have been injured as a consequence of employer negligence, then you should take professional advice.
Here at Money Savings Advice, we have partnered with some of the UK’s leading Industrial illness Claims management companies. They have already helped thousands of people claim compensation for injuries & illnesses they have incurred, and they can do the same for you.
Choosing an independent claims management company means they won’t proceed with a claim unless they are sure it is in your best interests. They are also regulated by the FCA, which gives you an additional layer of protection.
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