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Home > News > Accident at work compensation after fall from height

16th November 2009

Accident at work compensation after fall from height

Our client suffered multiple fractures affecting both arms and both legs when he fell from a height of over 15 feet onto a concrete floor. He had been carrying out a maintenance repair when the improvised platform that he had been provided with, slipped and fell to the floor below. The platform had simply been balanced on the forks of a forklift truck and raised by the truck to allow our client to reach the repair. Whilst he was working, the platform slipped from the forks and down to the floor below.

No risk assessments carried out prior to commencement of work

Our client was unfamiliar with the building, normally located at another site where he would have used a Cherry Picker for gaining access. No similar equipment was available and his supervisor obtained the platform and forklift truck in order to allow the maintenance work to continue. No risk assessments were carried out, which would have identified the potential danger of raising the platform, unsecured, to such a height.

Breaches of regulations result in serious work accident

Our specialist accident at work lawyer brought this compensation claim on the grounds that several regulations had been breached in allowing our client to work in this manner. These included breaches of The provisions of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (Lifting Regulations), and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (Equipment Regulations), the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, and others.

Court proceedings issued

Although liability had been established relatively early in the process, the other side’s insurer refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement. Our specialist accident at work injury lawyer was forced to issue court proceedings in order to bring them to the negotiating table. Rejecting several offers on our advice, we were eventually able to secure a significant sum in accident at work compensation for our client, and he kept 100% of the sum agreed.

Interim payments

Once liability had been accepted, we were able to negotiate an interim payment for our client, which allowed him to reduce some of the financial hardship he and his family were suffering due to his lengthy period of recuperation.

Injuries sustained in this accident at work

Our client underwent several operations in the few weeks following this accident at work. His initial surgery was carried out to try to correct the many fractures he had received. Later, he had to undergo many more operations as his recovery progressed, or to improve his limited mobility.

He was eventually advised that further surgery would not be likely to improve his condition and has been estimated as permanently 20% disabled. Although our client was able to return to his previous employment, he was limited in the duties he was able to perform and was eventually subject to redundancy during his employer’s re-structuring. Our client was able to secure an alternative job with a new employer.

Making an accident at work compensation claim

Clear Answers has extensive experience in all types of accident at work compensation claims. Whether an accident at work was due to negligence on the part of an employer, or some other cause, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of specialists waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your compensation claim.

Clear Answers' solicitors will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, and our specialist personal injury lawyers will talk you through the claims process in plain English. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, if you prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms, one of our representatives will contact you as quickly as possible.

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