Building & Construction Site Accident Claims: Builder, Construction Worker & Tradesman Injury Compensation Claims
If you are injured while working on a building site you may be entitled to make a Construction Accident Claim.
You will need the support of an experienced Construction Injury Lawyer, and we are here to help you get what you are entitled to.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors have a long and successful history in Construction Site Accident Claims. We will use all our knowledge and experience to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
To gain clarity on whether you have a solid case, speak to one of our Construction Site Accident Lawyers today. Call our office using the number at the top of this page, or leave your details through the enquiry form and we’ll call you back.
We offer a free, initial consultation where we will listen to the circumstances of the accident and then advise you with a high degree of confidence whether there is, in fact, a legal case to be answered.
If you're employed by a building firm or a self-employed tradesperson, the worry of potentially being unable to earn a living can compound the problems you may face in recovering from injury. Your priority should be on the best recovery possible.
No matter how serious your injuries are, we will leave no stone unturned in investigating and presenting your case for the maximum compensation possible.
If you have been injured on a construction site or building site then talk to one of our Work Accident Claim Solicitors at the earliest chance. Sheldon Davidson is Manchester's go-to choice for tradespeople who have sustained an injury at work.
How dangerous are construction sites?
Due to the nature of the work on a building site, they are inherently dangerous places, which is why stringent Health and Safety regulations exist.
Those who employ workers on construction sites are legally required to adhere to the Health and Safety at work act 1974. In case of an accident, where the employer is found in breach of health & safety laws, they would be deemed negligent and would be required to pay damages to any injured parties.
Those who work on construction sites understand that there is an element of risk involved, but there is a legal responsibility on employers to ensure that those risks are minimised.
Sadly though, accidents do occur all too often. According to statistics published recently by the National Safety Council someone is injured at work every seven seconds, and the construction industry is in the top five of sectors with the largest number of workplace injuries resulting in time off work.
According to statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive, construction is the worst industry for workplace fatalities, with 30 deaths recorded in 2021/2 - the main cause being falls from height.
If you or your loved one has suffered a construction site injury or have sadly lost someone through a Construction Site Accident and you believe that negligence was to blame, then it is likely you are entitled to pursue a claim for damages.
First and foremost, if you or a family member have suffered injury, you have our sympathy and empathy for your circumstances. We understand that workplace accidents can cause major stress and trauma for the injured party and their loved ones and we keep this top of mind at all times when managing any claim.
Call us today for a free and impartial consultation and experience our compassionate approach first-hand. We have solicitors with specific knowledge and experience of construction site injuries and we will be able to tell you with confidence whether there is a case to be answered and what the likelihood of success is.
Common building site injuries.
Despite efforts to minimise injuries on construction sites, it remains one of the most dangerous places a person can work.
The most common types of injuries on a building site are burns, fractures, cuts, sprains and back injuries.
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Burns from fire, electrocution or explosions
- Cuts or lacerations from using power tools
- Eye injuries and vision loss
- Fractures and broken bones
- Head injuries including traumatic brain injury
- Hearing loss and deafness
- Respiratory problems
- Sprains, strains and torn muscles
For expert legal advice about construction site injury claims contact us today using the number at the top of this page.
What are some common causes of Construction Site Accidents?
Construction sites can be very dangerous places and unfortunately, despite extensive prevention measures, serious accidents do still occur all too often.
The most common causes of accidents on construction sites are:
- Falls from Height
- Slips and trips
- Falling Objects
- Accidents involving heavy/moving equipment such as cranes or forklift trucks
- Trench collapses
- Welding accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Overexposure to noise and vibrating tools
- Electrical Accidents
- Manual handling injuries
- Defective equipment
- Getting trapped, crushed or stuck
If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of sustaining a serious injury on a building site, our experienced Construction Injury Lawyers are here to help you claim the financial compensation you are entitled to.
Making a Construction Site Accident Claim.
As with any claim for injury compensation, the complexity of the case comes initially from the effort to establish liability. Obviously, the more evidence that can be provided to the court the stronger the case will be.
This is where Sheldon Davidson Solicitors can make all the difference. Our workplace injury solicitors have a vast knowledge of preparing and presenting these types of cases to ensure the best outcome.
It will help strengthen the case if you can provide any of the following:
- Accident Book Records – every employer is legally bound to maintain one of these
- Witness Accounts from co-workers, members of the public, site visitors etc.
- Testimonials around on-site procedures and ‘normal’ practices. Any evidence of relaxed Health & Safety measures, defective equipment, or training gaps.
- CCTV recording which may have captured all or part of the accident.
- Photographs of the scene of the accident and the injuries sustained.
- Medical Records of treatment received.
Once liability has been established and a case presented the next stage for the solicitor is to value the claim. Again, this is where a Sheldon Davidson Solicitor can make all the difference to the financial settlement eventually awarded.
In valuing your claim, we will consider the impact of the accident and your injuries when comparing life before and after the accident.
Things that may be considered when valuing your Construction Accident Claim include:
- Loss of earnings suffered by you (the injured party) and any other close family members forced to take time off to care for you. It may be that you are no longer able to work or do the same type of work and you are impeded financially as a result.
- Medical Costs
- On-going treatment costs such as physiotherapy and rehabilitation
- On-going care provision
- Adaptations to the home and transport for specialist equipment such as wheelchairs, handrails, hoists etc.
Our ultimate aim will be to ensure that the claim is valued to recompense you for any financial hardship suffered as a result of the accident, but also to ensure that you have the financial security necessary to rebuild your life fully.
Can I claim compensation for a building site accident if I am self-employed?
It is a common misconception that self-employed workers do not have the same legal rights as permanent employees, but that is not always the case.
If you are self-employed and are unable to work due to an injury, it can place you under a significant amount of stress and insecurity. If you are unable to work, you are unable to earn which can put a financial strain on you and your family. If the injury you sustained was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Laws are in place to protect self-employed workers. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 provides the same protection to the self-employed as to other permanent staff members.
However, there are several grey areas and there is no clear legal definition of self-employment. Each case is unique. We will need to understand details about the services you offer, the equipment you use, and the agreements you have in place with those providing you with the work to determine who is responsible for your safety.
Recent rulings seem to indicate that attitudes towards contractors’ and freelancers’ rights may be changing.
Speak to a member of our team to understand more about how employment laws may apply to your case.
Why choose us?
We pride ourselves on our compassionate and warm approach and we receive high praise for this from satisfied clients. If you choose Sheldon Davidson to represent you for a Construction Accident Claim, we will put all our legal might into securing you the maximum financial settlement possible.
We will shield you as much as possible from the legal proceedings, whilst keeping you fully informed of what is happening at every stage of the process. We handle the majority of personal injury cases on a no win no fee basis so there is no financial risk to you.
We have no doubt that, in partnering with us, you will feel like you have gained a formidable ally who wants to see justice done as much as you do.
We will give your case a voice and make sure you feel heard. We are ready and waiting to take your call, so don’t delay.
Pick up that phone and talk to one of our expert Construction Injury Lawyers today.
Established in Manchester in 1997, we are a leading specialist personal injury, accident and medical negligence law firm acting for claimants who are victims of non-fault incidents.
Our Accident at Work Claims Solicitors in Manchester, act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham and Whitefield.
The team of Building Site Accident Lawyers at Sheldon Davidson Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in Wales, England & Northern Ireland.
We specialise in no win no fee personal injury claims, which means if you don't win, you won't have to pay.
Call us for free now using the number at the top of the page or complete the online contact form and a member of our team will get back to you.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service. With Sheldon Davidson's Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands.