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Construction accident claims

Health and Safety is important in every workplace but Construction is a sector which has historically a higher rate of accidents than others areas of work.

Progress has been made in improving practices and safety and, overall, workplace accidents numbers have levelled off and started to decrease according to the Health and Safety Executive.

Rate of construction accidents

The same statistics however show that a statistically significantly higher rate of injuries is reported in Construction sector than in any other industry.

We know the impact that a workplace accident can have on individuals and families and have substantial experience on helping people who have been injured at work.

Regulations to protect construction workers

There are various regulations in place covering construction health and safety.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 were introduced in April 2015 (replacing the original 2007 version) and aim to integrate health and safety into the management of any construction project and to encourage everyone involved to work together to improve the planning and management of construction projects from the very start.

Working at Height

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require employers to ensure that work carried out at a height is properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in as safe as way as is practical.

Duty of Care: Dangerous weather

Employers often argue that the primary cause of a work accident is something beyond anyone’s control, for example severe weather conditions, for which they cannot be held responsible.

However, that is not always the case. Employers have a general duty to take reasonable care for the safety of employees. Employers are obliged to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of risks to employees in their undertaking.

How we can help after a construction accident

Digby Brown helped Daniel Campbell, a Highland worker who was injured when he fell from a ladder on a construction site. 

We were able to obtain a substantial settlement and provide Daniel with a range of other support after the accident.   Hear Daniel talk about the accident and read about how we helped him.

 

No win no fee personal injury solicitors

The expression “No Win – No Fee” is often used in personal injury cases.  It is used as a way of funding a compensation claim where the accident victim does not have the means to pay for the costs involved as the case progresses. 

A number of solicitors are prepared to handle personal injury cases on a “No Win – No Fee” basis but very few are able to offer their clients complete protection if the case is unsuccessful. 

In that event, the client could end up being liable for many thousands of pounds in legal expenses or the case won't be fully investigated and therefore likely to under-settle.

Compensate 'no win no fee' funding

Digby Brown has its own funding company, Compensate, which provides the funding to allow the case to be fully investigated, employ the best experts surrounding the circumstances of the accident and/or injuries sustained and where and if necessary go to court.

If for whatever reason the case is unsuccessful, Compensate pays all your legal expenses and those of your opponent – you pay nothing

On average our clients receive over 3 times the pre-litigation offer

Because of Compensate funding Digby Brown's success rate is extremely high and on average our clients receive three times the pre-litigation offer.

In the event the case is successful, a small percentage of your damages will be deducted with VAT to pay for this service. The percentage which Compensate will charge depends on the degree of risk involved. We believe that this is the fairest method of giving clients access to justice whilst ensuring their cases are fully investigated, prepared and funded.

Don’t take our word for it, just read many of the court decisions and case studies on our website, or watch Joanne's story.

Beware of compensation offers which may be too good

We know you will have seen many adverts offering 100% compensation or telling you that you will not lose any of your compensation, however we believe there are a number of problems with companies that do this.

  • How do they make their money if they don’t charge you anything?
  • If they aren’t taking any money from you, the client, what incentive do they have to ensure you receive the right level of compensation, appropriate to the injuries you have sustained?
  • Fully preparing a case, finding out exactly what happened and what the consequences of your injuries may mean in the long term, is expensive, how do they do this properly?
  • If they aren’t fully preparing these cases will they just accept the first offer they are given on your behalf by the Insurance company?
  • It makes simple business sense, the less work they do the higher their profit margin is - they simply have no incentive to work harder on your behalf.
  • These adverts in the main are from English firms on national television which operates in a different way and therefore wouldn’t apply to a Scottish person.

We know from the many client cases we mandate from other firms of solicitors (in the main at the request of the client who is extremely unsatisfied with the service received for the other firm) that many shortcuts are taken in preparation and that the first offer received is being recommended for acceptance, regardless of the value. 

Getting something for nothing is usually the first sign of poor service.

Correct level of compensation with Digby Brown

Our experience and statistics show time and time again we will achieve the correct level of compensation which will be substantially more than the insurer is initially prepared to offer.

Even after we have deducted our percentage as a success fee you will gain considerably more than you would have achieved using a 100% compensation model.

Contact Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors

We have offices across Scotland in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Inverness, Aberdeen and Ayr.

For further information about no win no fee, or anything else, call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form below and someone will get back in touch with you.

Construction accident claim

If you have been injured in a construction site accident, we would encourage you to seek expert, independent legal advice as soon as possible.

Digby Brown is the leading personal injury firm in Scotland and is recognised in the industry as paving the way for health and safety regulations in Scotland.

To speak to a legal advisor today, please call us or fill in our online enquiry form and a legal advisor will contact you.

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