How do I make a claim about a fall from height
If you suffer a fall from height at work and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim against whoever breached their duty to prevent the risk of such accidents.
There are strict time limits in place to make any claim relating to falls from a height, but before you talk to a solicitor you should get checked out by your GP.
Make sure the accident and any injuries are recorded in the accident book at work and get names and addresses of anyone who witnessed your fall from a height. If your fall from height resulted from a major incident, such as the collapse of scaffolding, causing serious injuries that left you unable to work for more than three days, your employer has a duty to report the incident to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
As with all personal injury claims, you would need to prove that your injury was caused as a result of the negligence of another party. Although recent changes to law have shifted the burden of proving that it was indeed the employer who was negligent onto the victim themselves, such proof need still only be 'on the balance of probabilities'.
Do not be put off seeking legal advice because of this greater need to prove your case or concerns about your future employment prospects if you do make a claim. The law protects those who take legal action and an employer cannot dismiss or disadvantage you simply for taking justified legal action.