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Compensation for Accident Due to Lack of Scaffolding on Building Site

How long do I have in which to claim compensation for accident due to lack of scaffolding on building site? I broke my leg last year when I fell due to no guard rails being on the second level, but now I have learned that I will not be able to return to work because of my injury.

Question:

How long do I have in which to claim compensation for accident due to lack of scaffolding on building site? I broke my leg last year when I fell due to no guard rails being on the second level, but now I have learned that I will not be able to return to work because of my injury.

Answer:

Your question is typical of so many work injury claims, where you may not have originally considered a compensation claim for accident due to lack of scaffolding on building site, but now you are having to due to financial necessity.

Under the Statute of Limitations, you have three years from the date on which you knew you had broken your leg in which to make a compensation claim for accident due to lack of scaffolding on building site. Assuming you were aware of the injury at the time your accident happened, there are two years of this period remaining.

However, it would be in your best interests to initiate a claim for accident due to lack of scaffolding at the earliest possible opportunity. Even though your accident should have been recorded in your employer´s “Accident Report Book” and reported to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR, the memories of witnesses to your accident will have faded over time, and their testimony may be necessary to support your accident due to lack of scaffolding compensation claim.

As you state that there were no guard rails present on the second level which – had there been – would have prevented your fall, there should be no issues over negligence. However, if your claim for accident due to lack of scaffolding compensation is contested because it is alleged you contributed to your injuries by your own lack of care, these testimonies could be vital to ensure you receive your full entitlement to compensation.

It is in your best interests to contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to initiate a claim for accident due to lack of scaffolding compensation and to establish how much compensation for accident due to lack of scaffolding you are entitled to. It may be important for you to be aware of the amount you are entitled to in the event that you are approached by your employer´s insurers with an inappropriate offer of accident due to lack of scaffolding compensation.