Whether you use a ladder daily for work, or need to use one on an occasional basis, anything that involves working at a height carries risks. You will more than likely be aware of the risks of going up ladders and take pains to be as careful as possible while performing the job you need to do. However, if someone else is negligent or acts dangerously while you are on that ladder and you are caused an injury, it could very well be serious. A ladder accident can cause a range of injuries, from the minor to the serious, and if you’ve been hurt in a ladder accident that was caused by someone else, be it someone who was supposed to be holding the ladder, or the manufacturer of the ladder themselves, then it may be possible to begin a ladder fall accident claim.
Accident Claims, as a company with your best interests at heart, have provided this guide so you can see if you can claim compensation for a ladder injury you’ve had, which includes the answers to many of the pressing questions you might have if you have had a fall from a ladder at work, or have another reason to seek a personal injury lawyer for a ladder injury. This easy to navigate guide to ladder accident claims gives you actionable advice on what to do in the event you’ve suffered a ladder accident, but if you’d prefer to discuss your options with us prior to reading, then reaching us on 0800 073 8801 is something you might like to do.
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- A Guide To Ladder Accident Compensation Claim
- What Are Ladder Injuries And Accidents?
- Ladder Accident Statistics
- Ladder Accident Claims For Faulty Ladders
- Ladder Accident Claims For Improper Use
- Ladder Accident Claims For Overreaching
- What Else Can Commonly Cause Ladder Accidents?
- Workplace Ladder Accident Claims
- Can I Claim For Accidents In A Public Place?
- How Serious And Severe Can Injuries Be?
- What Steps Should You Take If You Were Injured In A Ladder Accident?
- How To Begin Your Ladder Accident Case
- What Can I Include In My Ladder Injury Claim?
- Ladder Accident Compensation Calculator
- No Win No Fee Claims For Falling Off A Ladder
- Why Use Accident Claims UK For Your Claim?
- Talk To Us Today To Start Your Claim
- Helpful Resources
Whether you work at height a lot or you perform the odd task which requires the use of a ladder, using it safely is the highest priority. Millions of people use ladders every day without incident, but if you have had a ladder accident, you’ll know that falling from one can be at best, painful and a little embarrassing. In some circumstances, it can cause long term damage and in extreme cases, it can be fatal.
If you fell off a ladder at work by your own doing, because you weren’t being safe and using it the way you were trained to do, then it can be heart-breaking to have to deal with the consequences of such an accident. However, if it was someone else’s fault that you had a fall from a ladder at work, either because of dangerous or negligent behaviour, then there is a good chance you can take action against your employer or the responsible party in order to help you move on from the incident.
In this ladder accident claims guide, we aim to cover all the information you are seeking, including how to pursue no win no fee ladder fall compensation claims, how to find a personal injury solicitor who is experienced enough to deal with your case, as well as how much compensation you could see for the ladder accident.
There are many types of ladder accident that can happen to those who use ladders. Working at height can be dangerous and there are many things that can go wrong. Accidents involving ladders can be caused by some or all of the below:
- Faulty ladder mechanism
- Broken step on ladder
- Incorrect placement of ladder
- Incorrect supervision or lack of supervision on ladder when it is required
- Lack of training on how to use ladders or poor training
- Dangerous or negligent behaviour by those around you
The range of injuries suffered in any fall from height can be huge, and it is not uncommon to see broken bones, bruises, cuts and scrapes as well as head injuries, neck and spinal cord damage. The most extreme falls from height can lead to a person losing their life so you can imagine how serious falls from height have the potential to be. If you have had aladder accident as a consequence of someone’s negligent or dangerous action or inaction, then claiming ladder fall injury compensation is a possibility.
There are a wealth of statistics out there relating to ladder accident and injury cases in the UK. The HSE has stated that accidents involving ladders are the biggest causes of home and workplace accidents in the United Kingdom. They also say that at the very least, 40 percent of falls from height UK wide are connected to ladder accidents.
The most common reason for this, according to the statistics is the action of overreaching or the failure to properly secure the ladder. Scarily, they also state that around forty eight thousand people have to visit Accident and Emergency departments each year for ladder accident injuries, and at the least, 14 deaths per year occur due to ladder incidents. When it comes to the workplace, ladder incidents cost the economy here in the UK around sixty million pounds per year.
It is also prudent to note one final statistic, especially for those asking ‘I fell of a ladder at work, can I claim?’. The statistic we are talking about is that ladder grips, when properly fixed and used can up the stability of ladders by at the very least 350%.
Manufacturer’s error can be the cause of many accidents, and a ladder accident is no different to any other in this regard. When it comes to making a personal injury claim, it is important to remember that if someone else is responsible for your accident, you can make claims.
However, it is important to remember that you would not necessarily be claiming from the manufacturer for a ladder accident caused by faulty ladders. Just like any other product, wear and tear happens every time you use a ladder, and if it has not been checked, or replaced when it should have been, for example after risk assessment, then your employer might be held liable for the accident you’ve had.
Being able to use a ladder safely requires knowledge and understanding of how the ladder works and how to ensure it poses as little risk as possible. This is something, if you use ladders at work, that your employer should be able to train you on. Should you have not received this type of training, or the training was not of a good standard, then it is usually possible for you to pursue personal injury claims against an employer for this.
Overreaching is something that commonly causes ladder accident injuries, according to the HSE. Whether the ladder is too short, and you are reaching for something higher, lose your balance and fall, or you’re reaching too far over to the left or right of the ladder for something and fall, you may be able to claim if your training on ladders did not tell you this. Another reason for overreaching is if your ladder is not fit for the job – i.e. too short – and you were forced to reach over too far, or if it is not placed correctly. If you’re asking ‘I fell off a ladder at work, what are my rights?’, then you should know that your employer should by law provide you with the appropriate equipment to do the job, and a ladder that is too short, and leads to overreaching is not appropriate.
Although we have covered perhaps the most common causes, it is important to remember that there are a lot of other things that can go wrong when using a ladder. Some examples of these factors are below:
Weather issues – Weather should always be taken into account when risk assessing the use of a ladder, but if you have been told to perform a task on a ladder by your employer and the weather conditions make it more dangerous, your employer would be wrong to ask you to do this. Should you have an accident when using a ladder in inclement weather, such as high winds or driving rain, you may be right to begin claiming compensation.
Unsafe placement – Placing a ladder on a firm, solid foundation is the right thing to do. Whether you have been told to place a ladder on a foundation that was not safe, or you lacked the proper training on safe ladder placement, you may be able to hold your employer liable.
Lack of correct PPE – It is essential for proper protective gear to be worn when tackling dangerous tasks. Often, when working at height, a helmet is required as well as knee protectors and boots in order to work safely. Should your employer not have issued you with the required PPE, then you would be able to claim that they were negligent, but if you refused to wear it, the ladder accident would be seen as being your fault.
Should your job require you to be working at height, or on ladders, your employer has certain duties to ensure you are working as safely as possible. There is legislation in place that covers working at height, and this legislation shows that you would be able to make a claim for ladder accident compensation if the following scenario/s exist:
- Your employer did not assess any risks for the ladder work properly
- Your employer gave you a faulty or damaged ladder for your work
- Your ladder was not properly checked to ensure its safety/stability
- Your employer had not trained you sufficiently/at all to use it safely
- Your employer did not use a safer way in which to do the work, such as scaffolding etc if it were possible to do so
- Your ladder that your employer gave you was not appropriate for the task you were performing
- Your employer did not give you protective equipment, including helmets, harnesses etc
Should you have any queries about your ladder accident, and want to know more about whether your employer is liable, then we can discuss the specifics of your case over the phone if you wish. That way, you can get advice tailored to your specific circumstances.
Accidents can also happen in public places, where a member of the public has been injured in a ladder accident involving something being dropped on them, or someone falling on them from a ladder. If warning signs/cordons were not appropriately placed, or the person using the ladder were negligent in some way, then it is entirely possible for someone to claim compensation for ladder accident injuries sustained as a result of someone else’s behaviour.
Falls from height always carry the potential for both short and long term injuries. Whilst minor injuries such as sprains, bruising and simple fractures can heal and you can be back to your normal self in time, there are also more serious injuries that can occur. Head injuries are specifically dangerous when falling from height and can cause brain injuries, which may affect you permanently. The same is true of complex fractures, especially those involving the neck and back. It could be that you are left with a long-term or life-long disability after such an accident, or in worst cases, you could lose your life.
In the long-term, if you have suffered a bad injury in your ladder accident, then it is entirely possible you will need someone to care for you. The costs for this could form part of a compensation claim if you are in a position to make one.
It is important to remember, however, that it is not only physical effects of such an accident that are concerning, and that a ladder accident may well cause psychological damage, particularly if you were close to death because of this type of fall. PTSD is common in bad accidents and a ladder accident is no different to this. Proper assessment by a qualified medical professional is vital in receiving the right treatment and as accurate a prognosis as possible.
After an accident in which you have been injured, your first thought is to get medical help, which is the right thing to do. However, there are also some other steps you should consider taking, whether you’re ready to make claims for compensation or not. The first would be to ensure you have collected details from those who have been witness to your accident. Their telephone number, name and address would be best. Also, you should try and get any photographs you can of your injury as well as taking them of your site of accident. Other than that, you may want to write your experience down while it is still clear, as memory is a funny thing and can fade over time. Lastly, you should take advice on whether you could claim compensation. If you wish to call us for this, then we’ll be glad to help. You can ask questions about the personal injury claims time limit, or ‘am I entitled to full pay if injured at work’ and we will do our best to give you clear answers that you can rely on.
In order to start this kind of claim, you’ll need a personal injury solicitor. After a brief initial, stress free conversation with one of our legal experts, we’ll be able to provide you with such a solicitor, and we’ll find the most appropriate one for the job for you. Your solicitor will more than likely require you to see a medical expert, who will assess you and provide a report for the solicitor to use as part of your case. The solicitor would then go ahead and begin the process of claiming on your behalf.
Included in your claim will likely be compensation for the following if you have experienced it:
Earning Loss – Both present and future potential losses
Care Claim – We mentioned before that you might need a carer should you have an injury that makes doing day to day activities impossible.
Suffering and Pain – An amount to cover the pain/suffering you have borne because of the accident
Costs incurred – This can be for medical bills, travel bills, hospice or rehabilitation, or even funeral costs should you be claiming on behalf of someone who has passed away because of the accident.
Should you have questions over any costs you have incurred so far, then please do ask us whether they can be included and we will let you know.
You may have searched online for a personal injury claims calculator or an accident at work compensation calculator, but it is important to understand that these offer a guide amount, and it won’t be accurate to the specific situation you’ve found themselves in. It won’t answer the question how much compensation for knee injury specific to yours, but what we have provided below, however, is typical bracket for certain injuries that you might have suffered. This can give you some idea of how much the specific injuries warrant, in terms of compensation.
|Ladder Injury||Notes||Award Bracket|
|Severe Injuries to the back||Back breaks leading to permanent effects on the person||£34,000 - £141,150|
|Moderately bad back injury||Ligament and muscle damages that may cause pain to the victim until they are totally healed||£10,970 - £34,000|
|Severe injuries to the neck||Constant pain is likely to be legacy of this type of long-term injury||£39,870 -£130,060|
|Moderately bad neck injury||Length of pain suffering will determine how much you would get||£6,920 - £33,750|
|Less serious injuries to the leg||Fractures requiring immobility to heal||£15,750 - £24,340|
|Serious injuries to the leg||Complex/many fractures leading to long term immobility||£34,370 -£48,080|
|Moderate injuries to the foot||Fractures that are serious and while healing leave the foot unable to move||£12,050 -£21,910|
|Severe injuries to the wrist||Permanently losing the sufferer mobility||£41,760 - £52,490|
|Serious injuries to the hand||Leaving less than half movement possible prior to the accident||£25,430 - £54,280|
When you claim ladder accident compensation, you’re likely to already have suffered paying out money for prescriptions, travel costs visiting the hospital or doctor and more, and you may be down on your income because you’ve not been able to work. So, you’ll want to know you can make a risk-free claim without putting any costs upfront then? Well the good news is, this is entirely possible, and we’ll help you do so. Your claim should be handled by the most appropriate solicitor, and the legal bills will be taken in percentages agreed beforehand out of the total award you’re offered. The compensation you’ll receive will then be yours to use as you see appropriate.
Aside from the fact that we can help you begin your claim without putting any money or risk upfront, we are totally committed to ensuring you get the compensation you deserve. So many of our previous clients have been helped by our service, and we love to hear their cases have been settled successfully. It gives us pride in what we do, and aside from the glowing reviews other clients have given us, we can also promise to offer free advice with no obligation to work with us on your claim. Add that to the fact that we can provide you with some of the finest solicitors in the country to work on your case, and we think you’ll agree we’re the whole package.
Stress free and simple, all you have to do is pick up the phone to 0800 073 8801 to claim. We’ll be ready to hear your story and while we’ll be sorry to hear what’s happened, we will help to fight for a brighter future for you that the compensation you receive will go some way to help you achieve. If you prefer not to call, then other ways to contact us can be found here.
The HSE has provided guidance on the safe use of ladders
The legislation we referred to earlier can be found here in full
Information about height work from the HSE