UK solicitor explains how to claim compensation for a serious fall on a building and construction site causing a fractured thigh bone, wrist fracture, broken nose and a pulmonary embolism
Building site fall accident victim question
I work at heights and one day I was working on a flat roof on a building site where my employer was the main contractor. As I walked over the roof part of the roof gave way underneath my feet and I fell 10 foot breaking the thigh bone in my right leg, fracturing my left wrist and causing a broken nose.
The injury was so severe that I developed a blood clot in my leg which passed to my heart causing a pulmonary embolism. Thankfully the hospital caught the embolism in time before it killed me. I was in a coma for two weeks, but have made a recovery so far as the embolism is concerned although I now have to take medication known as warfarin to keep my blood thinned to prevent a further embolism from occurring. This treatment may have to last for the rest of my life.
Typically, in the building and construction industry, dangerous areas on workplace sites should be sectioned off and clearly marked, but this was not the case and as I am an apprentice I did not have the experience to detect the risk of the danger of a weak roof.
It has now been two years since the accident and my injuries have still not fully recovered and I have not been able to work since the accident date.
Can I claim compensation from my employer for my fractured thigh bone, broken wrist, broken nose, pulmonary embolism and loss of income?
Serious work accident solicitor response
The injuries you have suffered are extremely serious and life threatening.
There are very strict regulations which apply to an employer requiring workers to work at heights.
As an apprentice – you are a junior member of staff and as such should be properly supervised and areas should be correctly sectioned off to avoid any risk of injury.
Your employer should have made a RIDDOR report to the Health and Safety Executive and the accident should have been fully investigated and documented.
I believe that you will be entitled to make a substantial claim for all of the injuries you have suffered including the fractured thigh bone, broken wrist, broken nose and pulmonary embolism.
In addition you will be entitled to claim compensation for lost income for the two years you have already incurred and future lost income, together with the possibility of retraining expenses and rehabilitation expenses should you not be able to return to work in the foreseeable future.
In addition to lost income you are entitled to a number of other financial expenses, including: medical expenses, rehabilitation expenses, travel expenses to the hospital and GP, nursing expenses, care and assistance from family members / friends, etc.
For a full list of all of the types of compensation you can claim following a work accident click accident at work compensation.
Examples of compensation amounts for injuries in a construction and building site serious work fall accident claim
To see the how much compensation you can claim for a fractured thigh bone, broken wrist and nose and pulmonary embolism click compensation amounts.
You should use a work accident solicitor with experience in high value / serious injury claims to instruct appropriate medical experts to set out the full nature of your injuries and ensure the maximum amount of compensation is received on your behalf.
How to make a construction / building site fall claim for compensation in the UK
Should you wish to make a claim for your building site fall accident, have your claim assessed online or discuss any concerns you may have regarding the accident with me in person click construction / building site fall claim solicitor.