Working at height
Even when safety guidelines are followed to the letter of the law, working at height will always involve some degree of risk. This is a fact borne out by HSE statistics: in 2018/19, 40 workers in the UK suffered fatal injury as a result of a working at height accident. This works out as an average of around three deaths per month – a figure which should be considered as unacceptable in twenty-first century Britain and an increase from the 2017/18 figure of 35.
In addition, the HSE reports that there were 44,400 non-fatal accidents involving falls from height. This figure is equivalent to 121 accidents per day.
Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland has extensive experience handling serious and fatal fall from height accident claims. We understand how your life has and will continue to be affected by your injuries. This means that we can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your compensation claim.
Furthermore, we are able to handle claims on a No Win No Fee basis so that you are financially protected and fully able to take on the party who was responsible for the accident. Talk to Thompsons today.
Causes of fall from height accidents
Falls from height are all too common in the construction, scaffolding, agriculture, forestry, warehouse, and food and drink sectors. In these industries, some of the most common fall from height accidents involve the following:
- Mobile working platforms (MWPs)
- Vehicles, including forklift trucks
- Plant and machinery
- Roof and ceiling work
Serious and catastrophic injuries
A fall from height may result in serious head and brain injuries including brain haemorrhage and skull fractures. Furthermore, a fall from height may result in a serious spinal or spinal cord injury, in some cases resulting in paralysis.
Other serious fall from height injuries include the following:
- Rib fractures
- Lung contusion
- Cardiac and aortic rupture
- Broken limbs
- Amputation injuries
Sadly, falls from height may also cause death. In such cases it will almost always be necessary to instruct expert fatal accident solicitors who have experience in this field and can ensure you and your family receive assistance following the death of a loved one.
Why claim with Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland?
Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland is regarded by many as the leading personal injury law firm in the country.
We specialise in helping claimants secure sums for serious, catastrophic and fatal personal injuries. This includes securing sums for the following:
- Interim payments to meet your most pressing needs
- Lost earnings
- Medical expenses
- Specialist equipment
- Home adaptations
Our service is more than just a legal service as we strive to work with accident victims and their families to ensure the best outcomes possible. Living with a serious or catastrophic injury can be a significant challenge, but we will be by your side as you seek justice and as you and your family move forward following a fall from height.
Talk to Thompsons
Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland are committed to ensuring justice for individuals and their families who have suffered as a result of health and safety failures in the workplace – we never act for defendants.
We are determined to help ensure access to justice for those who need it most. This is why we have a No Win, No Fee claims model that involves no financial risk on your part when claiming compensation for a fall from height.
We can assist you wherever you live in Scotland. We have offices in Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Galashiels and Peebles. Contact us today for a no-obligation discussion of your needs and circumstances.