I fell off a ladder at work - can I claim compensation?


If you have been injured because you fell off a ladder at work, you may be entitled to sue your employer for personal injury compensation. Personal injury claims are made when someone’s injury is due to the negligence of another party, such as an employer. You must be able to prove that your fall at work occurred because of a failure of the employer’s health and safety procedures relating to working at height.

There are many types of employees who may be injured by falls from ladders, such as

  • Window-cleaners
  • Engineers
  • Construction workers
  • Ship-builders

What do employers need to ensure?

Employers have a legal duty to make sure that all work at height is properly planned, under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR). For example: that those working at height are either competent or supervised; that the risks of working on fragile surfaces (such as faulty roofs) are properly controlled; and that all items of equipment (such as ladders and harnesses) are properly inspected and maintained. In addition, employers should seek to avoid work at height for their employees if possible, and look for safer alternatives.
A personal injury claim for a fall from a ladder at work can be lengthy, as you may have to deal with your employer’s accident procedures, as well as medical opinion and reports on your injury. Therefore, your best course of action would be to speak with a specialist personal injury solicitor as they will be able to give you expert advice about the viability and future process of your particular personal injury claim.

Your solicitor can also advise you regarding the best method of financing your claim for personal injury compensation, as legal aid is not available for such claims. A no-win, no-fee agreement means that you will only have to pay your solicitor’s legal fees should you win your case. You might also need to pay part of the other side’s costs out of your winnings. In addition, there can be the day-to-day costs of running the claim to be paid as well as insurance considerations. The terms of a no-win, no-fee agreement should always be discussed with your solicitor in advance.

There are strict time-limits in place for the pursuit of personal injury compensation. Generally this is three years from the time of the accident, or three years from the date you realised that you were injured. Therefore, it is advisable to contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible. Call us or fill in a web-form and we will be able to give you some advice.

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