Scaffolding Accident Claims

Scaffolding can be seen on almost every construction site in the country – but it can be dangerous. First4Lawyers is here to help if you’ve been injured while working on scaffolding.


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Scaffolding accidents

Scaffolding is necessary for a huge number of jobs, particularly in the construction industry. But as with so many types of equipment used in the workplace, accidents can happen when using scaffolding.

There are many ways you might be injured by scaffolding in the workplace. This could include:

  • Falling off scaffolding
  • Objects falling off the scaffolding and hitting you
  • Scaffolding collapsing and hitting you
  • Scaffolding collapsing while you’re on it

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation explained in its 2021 Safety Report that there were 81 safety incidents in 2020.

It also revealed that the main cause of slips or trips was human error, causing 55% of accidents. Meanwhile, poor site housekeeping and ground conditions were both responsible for 19% of accidents.

Falls from a height are a major cause of injuries at work. The Health and Safety Executive has found that they caused the most fatal accidents in the workplace and accounted for 8% of all non-fatal accidents.

If you had an accident because the scaffolding you were using wasn’t put together properly, wasn’t effectively maintained or wasn’t being used appropriately, you could make an accident at work claim for compensation.

Who will I claim against?

In most cases of an accident at work, you’ll make a claim against your employer. This is because it’s their responsibility to keep you safe at work.

Your employer must follow the law around safety. When it comes to scaffolding, this can include following the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

When you make a claim, it will be your employer’s insurer who pays your compensation if you are successful. This means you won’t directly affect your employer’s finances.

We understand that you might have concerns about claiming against your employer. But it’s illegal for them to end your employment for claiming. If they do, you could make a claim for unfair dismissal.

It’s not only workers who can be injured in accidents involving scaffolding. If you were a member of the public who was hurt by an object falling from scaffolding as you walked past, for example, you could make a personal injury claim against the company responsible for the scaffolding.

What will my claim cost?

If our solicitors think you have a claim, they will usually work with you on a No Win No Fee basis. This is a standard funding arrangement for personal injury claims and means you won’t have to pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful.

A No Win No Fee agreement also means that you don’t have to pay anything upfront to start your claim. This leaves you free to focus on your recovery, rather than thinking about paying for the claim.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Is there a deadline for making a claim?

You usually have three years to make a claim after a scaffolding accident. Although this sounds like a long time, the best thing to do is start your claim as soon as possible.

That’s because you might find it easier to get hold of certain things that could help to prove what happened. This could include any CCTV footage, if there was any nearby. It could also include medical reports and records of your injury in the work accident book.

If you’re not sure whether you have a claim for your scaffolding injury, just get in touch with the team at First4Lawyers. We’ll have an initial chat about what happened and let you know if we think you have a claim.

How much compensation will I receive for a scaffolding accident?

The amount of compensation you could be awarded for a successful scaffolding accident claim will depend on your injury and how long your recovery is expected to take. That means your claim might be worth a different amount to someone who had a similar accident.

Your compensation will be split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

General damages compensate you for the pain and suffering your accident has caused you. Our compensation calculator could give you an idea of what you might be entitled to in general damages.

Special damages cover any financial impact the accident has had on you. This could include a loss of earnings if you’ve been unable to work, as well as any medical treatment, mobility aids or even home modifications.

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  • In these cases brain damage, if any, will be minimal.
  • Where a good recovery has been made but symptoms such as poor concentration and memory problems continue.
  • Where ability to work is reduced and there is a risk of epilepsy.
  • The injured person is very seriously disabled and is dependent on others.
  • Epilepsy has been caused as a consequence of the injury.
  • Affecting the ability to cope with life and/or work or affecting relationships with family and friends.
  • The injured person largely recovers within two years.
  • Injury causes effects that cause significant disability for the foreseeable future, or permanently.
  • In consequence of defective permanent waving etc. where effects are dermatitis or hair loss leading to distress and effects on social life.
  • Where hair has been pulled out leaving bald patches, or stress-induced alopecia with full recovery within two years.
  • Resulting in pain and temporary interference with vision.
  • Permanent impairment of vision in one or both eyes.
  • Total loss of sight in one eye and reduced vision or other problems with the other eye
  • Total loss of sight in one eye only.
  • Mild tinnitus with some hearing loss
  • With noise induced hearing loss, or moderate to severe tinnitus, or noise induced hearing loss alone.
  • With noise induced hearing loss
  • With or without associated problems such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.
  • With or without the speech being affected, or tinnitus.
  • Full recovery with no surgery required.
  • Where recovery is complete after surgery
  • Injuries requiring a number of operations and/or resulting in permanent damage.
  • Simple fracture of the cheekbone, which will fully recover without surgery.
  • Simple fracture of the cheekbone requiring some reconstructive surgery, but with full recovery and little or no cosmetic effects.
  • Serious fractures causing lasting effects such as burning/prickling sensation or an element of disfigurement.
  • Requiring immobilisation but recovery is complete.
  • Serious injury causing permanent damage, such as difficulty eating or opening the mouth.
  • Very serious multiple fractures requiring prolonged treatment. Permanent effects such as severe pain, restricted eating.
  • Assessed per tooth.
  • Single tooth only.
  • Extends over a number of years, including significant deterioration of overall condition of the teeth.
  • Where full recovery takes place between nine months and one year.
  • Fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and chronic conditions, leading to impaired function or limitation of activities.
  • Injuries usually involving serious fractures or disc damage leading to disability, such as substantial loss of movement or loss of function in one or more limbs.
  • Caused by asbestos
  • Varying levels of respiratory disability and reduced lung function (1-10% and in excess of 10%)
  • Severe pain and impairment of the pleura (lung lining) or the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity), affecting function and quality of life.
  • Causing respiratory disability attributed to asbestos exposure.
  • Causing permanent damage, impairment of function, physical disability and reduction of life expectancy.
  • Such as soft tissue damage causing considerable pain but recovery almost complete within two years.
  • Such as frozen shoulder causing limitation of movement and discomfort for up to two years.
  • Causing pain in shoulder and neck, aching in elbow, weakness of arm and hand.
  • Involving damage to the brachial plexus and resulting in significant disability.
  • Temporary or permanent disability as a result of a fracture.
  • Such as strains, sprains, disc prolapses and soft tissue injuries.
  • Such as disturbances of ligaments and muscles causing backache, or compression fracture.
  • Injuries causing severe pain and disability, including impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
  • Resulting in significant or permanent disability
  • Most elbow injuries such as simple fractures, laceration and tennis elbow, not resulting in permanent damage or impairment.
  • Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disabilty
  • Injuries such as deep lacerations, soft tissue wounds or crush injuries, all recovering within six months.
  • Resulting in impairment of grip or reduced mechanical function. Partial amputations resulting in deformity.
  • Injuries such as a thumb being severed and re-attached, leaving it with little use, amputation of the tip or at the joint of the thumb. Nerve damage or fracture resulting in impaired grip or dexterity.
  • Amputation resulting in very little use and weak grip.
  • Amputation due to crush injuries, or loss of a significant part of the hand due to traumatic injury.
  • Serious injury resulting in extensive damage to both hands, effectively leaving them with little use.
  • Caused by repeated vibration, damage to hands including impaired grip, dexterity and frequent pain.
  • Such as an uncomplicated fracture with full or virtual recovery.
  • Injuries resulting in significant permanent disability, but some useful movement remains.
  • Injuries causing some permanent disability, such as persistent pain and stiffness.
  • Resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example when an arthrodesis has been performed.
  • Such as a broken femur, tibia or fibular
  • Serious fracture or injuries to joints or ligaments, scarring, instability and lengthy treatment required.
  • Fractures where a full recovery is not made.
  • Loss of a leg below the knee
  • Loss of a leg above the knee
  • Both legs being lost above the knee, below the knee, or where one leg has been lost above the knee and the other below.
  • Torn cartilage or meniscus, laceration, twisting and bruising. May be full recovery, or continued aches and pains.
  • Injury or damage causing mild disability or continuing pain, discomfort or limited movement that may require future surgery.
  • Fractures, joint or ligament damage causing constant pain, impairing movement and agility. Requiring prolonged treatment, the injured person will be prone to osteoarthritis.
  • Including fractures where there is full recovery within two years.
  • Significant injury but any permanent disability is not major. Injury may require a hip replacement.
  • Such as extensive fractures resulting in substantial disabilities.
  • Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments.
  • Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity.
  • Fractures to feet resulting in restricted mobility and /or considerable continuing pain.
  • Crush or multiple fractures to two or more toes, resulting in permanent disability.
  • Undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligament injuries.
  • For fractures and ligament tears resulting in moderate disability, such as difficulty walking on uneven ground or on stairs.
  • Injuries involving long periods of treatment, long period in plaster and some permanent disability.

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There are other types of compensation you could be awarded through your accident such as loss of earnings or damage to property. The estimates given here are simply for your personal injury claim.

First4Lawyers' solicitors will be able to give you the best idea of the amount you should expect from your individual injury.

It is important to keep in mind that every case is different and the advice and estimates you'll be given, once your case has started, will be tailored specifically for your case.

Why should I make a claim?

You have the right to be safe at work. If your employer doesn’t take their duty to you seriously enough, you have the legal right to make a compensation claim against them.

If you’re hurt badly enough to have to take time off work, you could end up in financial difficulty. Compensation for a successful claim can help you get through this stressful time.

To find out if you have a scaffolding accident claim and learn how First4Lawyers could help you take action, just give us a call or start your claim online.

Accident at Work FAQs

I had an accident at work – what are my rights?

You have the right to make a personal injury claim after an accident at work. You are entitled to be treated fairly by your employer throughout that process.

You also have the right to Statutory Sick Pay if you earn at least £1 per week before tax and are off sick for four or more days in a row.

What do I need to do in the event of an accident at work?

If you have been injured in an accident at work, you should ensure you do the following: 

  • See a doctor
    Visit your doctor as soon as possible to have any injuries treated and officially record the medical details of your accident.
  • Report it and record it
    Report the accident to your supervisor or manager. Make sure it is recorded in your workplace’s accident book. If you work in a very small business that doesn’t have an accident book, write down the details and give a copy to your employer, ensuring you keep a copy for yourself.
  • Keep track of the details
    If you can, be sure to make a note of the exact circumstances of your accident. If there were any witnesses, record their contact details as you may need to call upon them if you proceed with a compensation claim.
  • Keep track of expenses
    Make a note of any extra expenses that arise because of your accident. This includes travel costs to get to the hospital, loss of income due to time off work and any other related fees or losses. Be sure to hold onto receipts and documents as evidence.
  • Get in touch
    Contact us and we'll help you establish whether you are eligible to claim accident at work compensation. We will also guide you through the process that follows, then our expert accident at work solicitors will manage your case to completion. They will work with you to piece together the circumstances of your accident and ensure you are reimbursed for the losses that were caused.

Could I be dismissed after an accident at work?

No, your employer is not legally allowed to end your employment just because you made a claim. Under Health and Safety Executive guidance, your employer is obliged to provide a safe working environment for you, where any risks to employee safety are properly controlled. When your employer fails in its duty of care and an accident occurs, you are entitled to seek compensation.

If you are dismissed after making an accident at work compensation claim, you could also have a claim for unfair dismissal.

How soon after an accident do I have to return to work?

After an accident at work, you will likely want to keep your losses to a minimum. This will mean you’ll probably want to get back to work as soon as possible. But you should not feel pressured. Your employer cannot legally force you to return to work before you are ready – physically or psychologically.

Who pays the compensation for an accident at work?

If you successfully claim for injury because of an accident at work, your employer’s insurance company should cover the costs of the compensation. Employers are legally obliged to have this form of insurance, and you can find out which insurance company they use by asking to see the insurance certificate all employers must display by law.

Does it matter who or what my accident at work was caused by?

An accident at work can be caused by a variety of circumstances. The injury could result from actions taken by another employee or your employer, unsafe work environments, or a lack of protective clothing or training.

You may also decide to claim compensation if an incident in the workplace has caused a psychological illness – such as severe and avoidable stress or even PTSD – or if you have contracted an industrial disease associated with your role.

If your injury was caused by an accident in your workplace, you may be able to claim compensation.

Why should I report an accident at work?

Reporting an accident at work can help not only you, but your colleagues and anyone else who may visit your workplace. By making your employer aware of what happened, you can help them realise that something has not gone according to plan. They can use this knowledge to help correct the situation, ensuring that it won’t happen to anyone else.

You may also be required to prove that you reported your accident to your employer when making a claim for compensation. If you can do so, it can make the process far more straightforward.

Do you offer no win no fee accident at work claims?

Yes, most of our accident at work claims can be made on a no win no fee basis. This means there is nothing to pay upfront. It also means that if your claim is not successful, there is nothing to pay, eliminating any risk to you.

If this is not possible in your situation, we will talk you through your options so you can work out what the best course of action is.

How long does an accident at work claim take?

The length of time it takes to conclude an accident at work claim depends on your situation. The circumstances of your accident, how severe your injury is and how much it has affected your daily life will all have an impact on how long your claim takes.

Your employer will also affect the timeline. If they accept liability, your claim will be settled quicker than if they deny it.

How long it takes your solicitor to negotiate an appropriate compensation amount will also depend on your employer and their insurer and what they are willing to offer.

Your solicitor will let you know how long they think your claim will take.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

Whether you want to make an accident and injury claim, or need a solicitor for personal or business law matters - our friendly team are here to help, 24/7.

Free initial consultation

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No Win No Fee solicitors - you don't pay a penny up front when making a claim

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We offer advice with no obligation.  We never cold-call or apply pressure to our customers


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