Building site and construction injuries
More serious and fatal accidents occur in construction than in any other UK industry. In fact, in 2018/19 there were 30 fatal accidents involving workers in construction and seven involving members of the public, a figure which aligns closely with the five-year average of 36 annual worker fatalities and six involving members of the public.
Although the past two decades have witnessed enormous strides in reducing catastrophic construction injuries and deaths, the fatal injury rate (1.31 per 100,000 workers) is three times the all-industry rate.
Thompsons Solicitors is widely regarded as the leading personal injury law firm in Scotland. We are a claimant-only firm – we never represent defendants – and we ensure access to justice for all viable claims by offering a No Win, No Fee funding model which ensures that you are never placed in any financial risk as a result of making a claim.
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Understanding serious construction accidents
Construction sites are, without proper risk assessments, training and personal protective equipment, inherently dangerous places. Some of the most common causes of construction accidents include the following:
- Falls from height – for example, from scaffolding, mobile working platforms or gantries.
- Slips, trips and falls.
- Crush injury accidents.
- Moving machinery injuries – for example, those caused by poorly maintained or unguarded equipment.
- Being struck by a falling object.
- Forklift truck accidents.
Claiming for employer failures
Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of workers, contractors and visitors to a construction site. Some of the most common actionable employer failures include the following:
- Failure to properly maintained tool and machinery.
- Failure to provide personal protective equipment.
- Failure to keep a safe and tidy workplace.
- Failure to protect workers from exposure to hazardous substances.
- Failure to provide adequate lighting in the construction site.
- Failure to provide adequate training.
Construction accident claims, especially following a serious or fatal accident, are complex. Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland have the expertise required to pursue such claims and help you seek the justice you and your family deserve.
Serious injuries in construction
Serious injuries – also referred to as catastrophic injuries – have a profound effect, not just on injured parties but also on their families.
Thompsons Solicitors in Scotland have vast experience representing claimants in serious and fatal construction accident claims and can help you with all aspects of legal advice and representation as well as with the additional support you will inevitably need at this difficult time.
Over the years we have established relationships with many leading professionals, including case managers, client support coordinators, and specialist healthcare and rehabilitation specialists. We take advantage of these to establish the extent and impact of your accident injuries to ensure your serious construction accident claim takes full account of both the short- and long- term picture.
As such, we seek to ensure that when necessary your compensation settlement includes provision for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Home adaptations
- Specialist equipment
- Interim payments
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Your future needs
Thompsons' serious and fatal injury lawyers in Scotland understand the trauma of such serious and life-changing injuries. We are determined that no aspect of your needs is ever overlooked.
Fatal construction accident solicitors in Scotland
Thompsons understands how difficult it can be to embark on legal action following the death of a loved one. However, it is vital that those responsible are held to account and, importantly, that children and any dependents are adequately provided for. We are highly regarded for our work in relation to high value and complicated fatal accident claims – contact us today for more information about how we may be able to help you claim for the loss of your loved one.
Parties who may be able to claim include:
- A spouse or former spouse.
- A civil partner or former civil partner.
- A cohabitee (if you have been living as a couple for two years).
- A parent or ascendant.
- A biological child or non-biological dependent child.
- A brother, sister, uncle or aunt.
Fatal accidents at work in Scotland are almost always investigated via a fatal accident inquiry. Solicitors at Thompsons have vast experience in this area and will be on hand to guide you through the process, allowing you to understand exactly what will happen and what the outcomes may be.
Thompsons construction accident solicitors in Scotland
Thompsons has dedicated departments for both serious and fatal accident claims. As a first-rank firm in Scotland we secure our clients around £1million in compensation each week and win around 90 per cent of the cases we take on.
We offer a No Win, No Fee claims service that protects you from all financial risk associated with making a claim.