Building sites are high-risk environments in which to work or spend time. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland says there is a “poor accident record” in the local construction industry. It points to 46 workers killed in accidents in the last 10 years.
Just because you work or visit places that are a hotbed of accidents doesn’t mean you should have to live with the damaging impact a construction site accident can have on your life. Claim the money you deserve for any pain or suffering you’re experiencing as a result of an incident on a building site.
Causes of Common Construction Accidents
A wide variety of workplace accidents happen on construction sites. They can happen to anyone on site, including builders, joiners, electricians, plumbers and visitors. Whatever the nature of the injury, it can usually be traced back to one of a handful of common causes of construction accidents. These include:
Risk Assessments Failures An adequate risk assessment was not carried out or measures that should have been in place were not followed. As a result, you were exposed to unnecessary danger.
Exposure to Dangerous Substances Property safety precautions were not put in place to protect you from one of the dangerous substances and chemicals often found on building sites. The impact may have been immediate or affected you later in life.
Lack of PPE Your employer or a manufacturer supplied defective, inadequate or incorrect personal protection equipment (PPE). This caused or worsened the injury you suffered.
Inadequate Safety Training You or another person was asked to carry out a task without having the necessary skills, knowledge or safety training. This lack of training resulted in an incident that caused your injury.
Inadequate Safety Measures at Heights The building site didn’t have appropriate measures in place to protect you when working at heights, such as guard rails or harnesses. This often results in falls from scaffolding, roofs or ladders.
Electrical Failings and Faulty Equipment Electrical safety on construction sites can be impacted by damaged cables, faulty equipment and even wet conditions. You may have suffered electric shocks or burns as a result.
Repetitive Work You were required to carry out the same task for too long or use hand-held power tools for extended periods. This can cause a repetitive strain injury or, in the case of power tools, vibration white finger.
Poor Manual Handling Practices Being expected to lift or carry heavy loads, items that were not stored at waist height, or something inappropriate to your size and strength may cause a manual handling injury.
Traffic Management Issues Forklifts, vans or other site traffic was not properly managed or a driver was not competent to use a particular vehicle. This unsafe environment may have resulted in your injury.
Construction Accident Injury Claims
There are various injuries for which construction accident injury claims can be pursued. These include:
Broken or fractured bones
Cuts or lacerations
Sight loss or damage
Hearing loss or damage
Paralysis and spinal injuries
Asbestosis, black lung, silicosis and other respiratory diseases
Heat stroke or hypothermia
Construction Accident Claim Eligibility
If you’ve been injured in a construction site accident that was the result of negligence, you can claim to get the compensation you deserve. Your injury could be the fault of your employer, a construction company, site manager, contractor or equipment manufacturer.
You can also claim on behalf of a family member or friend who is under the age of 18 or unable to make a claim themselves for any reason.
Construction Accident Claims Process
If you’ve been injured in the course of a construction job, we understand the last thing you want is to create more work for yourself to put it right. That’s why we’ve created a hassle-free accident claims process, with our expert solicitors supporting you every step of the way. Here is what you can expect.
Step 1: Contact Reid Black Get in touch with us as soon as possible after the accident for a free, no-obligation consultation on your claim. We will give initial legal advice on your case.
Step 2: Gathering Information and Evidence The next step is to collect all the evidence we will use to support your claim. This will include your account of how the injury was sustained and other evidence. Don’t worry, we handle all of this.
Step 3: Medical Assessment We’ll then arrange for an independent medical expert to assess your injuries. This will provide further evidence of the impact the injury is having on your life.
Step 4: Compensation Negotiations At this stage, we will negotiate with your employer, their insurer or legal team. Our specialist solicitors have successfully represented many people who have suffered workplace injuries and will achieve the maximum level of compensation for your circumstances.
Step 5: Compensation Payout We’ll continue to support you until the money you’re entitled to is promptly and safely deposited into your account.
You usually have three years after a construction site accident in Northern Ireland to pursue your claim. There are some variations depending on your age and circumstances:
If you were over 18 at the time of the accident, you must claim within three years
If you were under 18 at the time of the accident, you must claim before your 21st birthday
These timeframes can be extended in exceptional circumstances. For example, if you were physically or mentally unfit to pursue a claim, the accident happened overseas, or a fault with the equipment you were using is only discovered outside that timeframe.
In all cases, it is better to contact us as soon as possible after a construction site accident so we can take action to help you quickly.
Construction Accident Compensation
The amount of money you receive will depend on how serious your injuries are, how long they last and how they impact your life. There are two main types of damages:
General Damages Compensation for your physical and psychological injuries. You will be awarded damages according to the level of pain, suffering and impact on your quality of life.
Special Damages Compensation for any out-of-pocket expenses you’ve paid because of your injuries. This might include healthcare and rehabilitation costs, travel expenses, lost earnings, and adjustments to your home.
Why Choose Reid Black?
We’ve been helping people in Northern Ireland get the compensation they deserve after accidents on construction sites and in other workplaces since 1993. Our solicitors will use all that experience and knowledge to bring your claim to a swift and successful conclusion.
Our Specialist Construction Site Accident Claim Solicitors
Our Specialist Construction Site Accident Claim Solicitors
Peter Lynch 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Peter Lynch of Reid Black Solicitors is one of Northern Ireland’s Leading Road Traffic Accident Experts.
He will act for you solely and does not accept referrals from insurers or Accident Management companies thus ensuring we have your interests first.
Have an initial no-cost chat about any Road Traffic Accident to see if you have a case.
He acts in Car Accidents, Cycling & Motorbike Accidents and Pedestrian Accident Claims.
Peter will be able to Fast track your claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Libby Smyth 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Libby Smyth is one Northern Ireland’s leading Road Traffic Accident and Personal Injury Solicitors.
She will handle your Road Traffic Accident Claim effectively and efficiently, keeping your best interests as her prime concern.
Specialist in all types of personal injury claims, with a focus on Road Traffic Injury Claims.
Libby can expedite your injury claim to ensure you get your compensation as fast as possible.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a Road Traffic Accident, contact Libby today for free initial chat to see if you’re eligible for a claim.
Eilis McQuillan 14 YEARS EXPERIENCE
Elis McQuillan has extensive experience dealing with Road Traffic Accident Claims in Northern Ireland.
She will prioritise your interest’s first and act solely on your behalf.
Specialist in all types of Road Traffic Accident Claims and Litigation, including Car Accidents, Cycling Accidents and Motorbike Accidents.
Ellis can Fast Track your Road Traffic Accident Claim, so you get your compensation as soon as possible.
Contact Ellis today for a free initial consultation to determine if you’re entitled to a Road Traffic Accident Claim.
A straightforward claim can be resolved in just three months. More complex cases might take years, particularly if you’ve suffered significant injuries. It is in your interest not to settle a case too early if the severity of your injury is not clear or there is a risk of ongoing medical problems.
No win no fee is not allowed in Northern Ireland, but our solicitors will discuss any construction site injury claim with you for free and provide you with no-obligation legal advice on how to proceed.
An interim payment is a partial compensation payout to cover bills or medical expenses before your claim is completely settled. We can request this so you don’t suffer further while your claim is being pursued.
This shouldn’t be confused with an early payment, when an insurance company tries to settle your case early without involving solicitors. We always get our clients more money than any early offer made by an insurer.
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