Claims for falling object injuries at work

If you’ve been injured by a falling object while you were at work, you may be able to claim injury compensation.

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In 2017/18, 10% of non-fatal injuries at work were caused by being struck by a moving object, according to the Health and Safety Executive (pdf).

Injured by a falling object?

Yes, it sounds unlikely doesn’t it?  But it’s more common than you might think – 23 people were killed at work (pdf) by moving or falling objects in 2017/18. 

It’s also more common in certain types of work such as construction work, building sites, warehouses and factories.

Causes range from tools or materials being dropped from roofs, scaffolding and forklifts, to incorrectly stored tools, stacked products and unsafe building structures.

Some common injuries workers suffer from falling objects are:

  • Head injuries
  • Facial injury
  • Back injuries
  • Hand injuries
  • Bruises
  • Fractures
  • Strains and sprains.

Why make a falling objects injury claim?

Did your employer provide you with a reasonable amount of personal protection equipment (PPE), such as hard hats, reinforced boots and safety goggles?

Were steps taken to reduce the chance of falling objects – toe boards, guard rails, safety guards on machinery, or debris nets?

If the answer is no, then your accident may have been preventable.  Making a claim raises the subject of accountability with your employer, who may be at fault for failing to implement health and safety measures. 

Compensation also allows you the time you need to recover, without the worry over lack of wages.

How can First4Lawyers help?

We are here to make the whole claims process easier for you.  We start with a free consultation, to chat about your situation, the accident and your injury.  If there’s a claim to make, we will put you in touch with one of our specialist solicitors, who will take it from there. More about making a claim

How much compensation will I receive for a falling objects injury claim?

That very much depends on your injury, the severity of it and whether you are likely to make a full recovery.  Take a look at our compensation calculator, which has examples of claim awards.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

Most personal injury claims have to be made within three years of the accident date, but there are a couple of exceptions to this rule.  Get in touch and we can chat through your individual situation.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

Easy!  Just get in touch for a free consultation.  We will then assess whether you have a claim to make and talk you through the whole process, including whether you are eligible for our No Win No Fee service*.  You are under no pressure to make a claim unless you are comfortable doing so.

Meet the expert

Meet Jax
Jacqueline Speight

Jacqueline Speight

Head of Claims

Jacqueline is our head of claims.
She is a qualified solicitor and has practised as a specialist in personal injury cases. A recent addition to our team, Jacqueline has moved to a managerial and coaching role with us, where she is keen to continue the team's training and development to ensure every customer continues to get a first class service.

Get in touch today - we can help with your claim 08005677866

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