I recently injured myself during an accident in work and am curious to know how much compensation for falling off scaffolding I may be entitled to.
Before determining how much compensation for falling off scaffolding you may be entitled to, you will first have to ascertain who it is you may be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation against. As your accident occurred in work, your employer is the person your claim for falling from height is most likely able to be brought against. This is because your employer owes a ‘duty of care’ to you and your colleagues — meaning that they may be able to be held liable for any injury that takes place on their premises.
It is impossible to determine how much compensation for falling off scaffolding you may be entitled to from the detail provided in your question: in order to receive a full evaluation of your claim, and learn how much injury compensation you may be entitled to, speak with a personal injury claims solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity.
After you have explained the details of your claim for falling from height to your solicitor, they may be in a position to provide you with an estimate of how much compensation for falling off scaffolding you may be entitled to. First, your solicitor will calculate your entitlement to general damages. They will do this by first consulting the Judicial College Guidelines for General Damages, and after using a base figure provided in the guide as a template, calculate the value of general damages in your claim for compensation. This figure will be augmented to take into account a number of variables, including your age, sex and prior state of health. The nature and severity of your injury, including whether or not any permanent scarring has occurred, will also be taken into consideration, as will any loss of amenity — the inability to perform everyday tasks and participate in social events.
Falling from scaffolding can be a distressing and traumatic experience. Fortunately, you may be able to claim for compensation for any psychological injuries you may have suffered — although these will have to be quantified by a psychologist first.
After assessing your entitlement to general damages for your claim for falling from height, your solicitor will evaluate your entitlement to special damages — the portion of a settlement which compensates a claimant for any quantifiable material losses experienced as a result of their injury. Through special damages you may be able to pursue compensation for any medical bills, alternative transport costs, lost earnings, or in more extreme cases, house alterations, which they may have had to pay for as a result of your injury. In order to ensure that you are entitled to claim, you should retain all receipts and relevant documentation relating to your costs.
As was already mentioned, before you are able to find out definitively how much compensation you may be entitled to, you will need to speak with a personal injury claims solicitor. You are always more likely to be awarded their maximum possible entitlement for claims for compensation for falling off scaffolding if you have spoken with a solicitor beforehand.