Scaffolding Accident Claims in Northern Ireland
Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors are here to help you navigate the scaffold accident claims process if you’ve had the misfortune of being injured in Belfast or anywhere in Northern Ireland.
Our solicitors understand that this can be a difficult time, that’s why we’re here to offer you the advice and compassion you deserve. Reach out to find out how we can help with your scaffolding injuries.
Scaffolding accidents in Northern Ireland and your legal rights
Construction sites can be dangerous places, and sadly, scaffolding accidents can be quite common. At Paschal O’Hare Personal Injury Solicitors, we understand that scaffolding accidents can be life-altering events. These incidents can lead to severe physical injuries, emotional distress, and financial hardship.
Our dedicated legal team, operating throughout Northern Ireland, is committed to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
We provide compassionate, understanding, and professional legal advice that can make a significant difference in your recovery. Rest assured, our solicitors are ready to help.
Common injuries sustained in scaffolding accidents
Working at heights on scaffolding can be extremely dangerous. Even with safety precautions, accidents can still happen. Some of the most common scaffolding injuries we have seen include:
- Fractures – Scaffolding collapses and falls frequently lead to broken bones, especially in the arms, legs, feet.
- Head and brain injuries – Falls from scaffolding often result in traumatic head injuries like concussions, skull fractures, as well as contusions.
- Back and neck injuries – The impact of a fall along with heavy objects potentially landing on workers can crush vertebrae and strain muscles.
- Internal organ damage – Scaffold collapse can lead to lacerated livers or kidneys, punctured lungs, and other critical organ damage.
- Psychological trauma – Many scaffold accident survivors experience PTSD, anxiety and depression. The emotional scars of a catastrophic accident can unfortunately last a lifetime.
It’s possible to suffer these and many other injuries as a result of a scaffolding accident. If you have been injured and need to find out more about your options, reach out to our solicitors today.
Can I claim for a scaffolding accident in Northern Ireland?
If you’ve been injured in a scaffolding accident within the past 3 years that wasn’t your fault, you’re likely entitled to claim compensation in Northern Ireland. This includes injuries resulting from scaffolding that collapsed, broke apart, tipped over, or wasn’t properly secured or constructed according to health and safety regulations.
Even as a passer-by, if you’ve been injured due to falling debris, you might also be able to make a scaffolding accident claim.
It’s important to note that your claim must prove negligence on the part of one or more parties – this could be due to employer negligence, inadequate training, or failure to provide safety equipment.
Rest assured, with our experienced personal injury solicitors by your side, we’ll investigate all aspects of your case to find where the blame lies. A successful claim results in compensation to cover the full impact of your scaffolding injuries and recovery.
Will my scaffolding accident claim go to court?
The majority of personal injury claims that we help with, including scaffolding accidents, are settled out of court. However, if the party responsible disputes the claim or the amount offered is inadequate, it may be necessary to go to court.
Please know that our solicitors will guide you through the whole personal injury claims process, advocating for your rights and the compensation you deserve every step of the way.
How long after my scaffolding accident can I claim?
In Northern Ireland, you usually have 3 years from the date of the accident to begin the scaffolding accident claims process.
We would advise taking action much sooner if you can. Details, witnesses’ memories, and records fade over time which could weaken your claim. Additionally, delays can give the other side an opportunity to minimise liability.
If you have any questions about the claims process, reach out to our solicitors today – we are here to help.
Will it cost me anything to claim for a scaffolding accident in Northern Ireland?
You typically don’t pay anything to make a personal injury claim in Northern Ireland. The costs and your settlement is usually paid by the opposing sides insurers.
We do everything we can to keep you updated on all the progress throughout the case. Our goal is removing barriers so nothing stands in the way of injury victims getting the recovery assistance they deserve.
What is the process of making an injury claim in a scaffolding accident?
You typically go through the following steps when making a personal injury claim after a scaffolding accident:
- Initial consultation – We get a detailed account of your accident and injuries.
- Evidence gathering – We collect police reports, witnesses statements, photos or CCTV, and investigative findings to prove negligence.
- Negotiations – We calculate your compensation needs and demand liability from the other side’s insurers. The majority of scaffolding injury claims settle here.
- Litigation – If necessary, we start litigation proceedings seeking maximum damages.
- Compensation – Once settled or awarded, you get your compensation.
If you have any questions about this process, get in touch with our solicitors in Belfast, Glengormley, and Carrickfergus today.
How can Paschal O’Hare help with my scaffolding accident claim?
At Paschal O’Hare, we’re more than just solicitors. We’re a team of compassionate individuals who understand the trauma and stress that comes with scaffold accidents. We’re dedicated to simplifying the claims process, providing clear and concise advice, and fighting for the scaffolding accident compensation you deserve.
With decades of claims experience, we will:
- From start to finish, we’ll guide you through the claims process.
- Our solicitors will deal with insurers and negotiate on your behalf
- Get support and testimony from leading medical experts
- Get the maximum compensation for you
- We take the burden off your shoulders, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
We know this can be an extremely difficult time. If you’re seeking an empathetic and knowledgeable team of solicitors to guide you through your scaffolding accident claim in Northern Ireland, look no further than Paschal O’Hare. We’re here to help you through this challenging time, ensuring your claim is handled with the care and professionalism you deserve.
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Scaffolding Accident Claims in Northern Ireland FAQs
Yes, you are likely able to make a claim even if you were partially at fault. This is known as contributory negligence. The compensation might be reduced to reflect your level of responsibility. Our solicitors have helped many people in this situation, so please reach out to our team to learn how it might work in your specific circumstance.
Typically we do not take on any cases that take place outside of Northern Ireland. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule. If you are sent elsewhere by your Northern Ireland based employer to complete a job and you sustain an injury, we might be able to assist. Please contact our solicitors today to see if we might be able to help.
The aftermath of a scaffolding accident can be confusing and overwhelming. However, taking the right steps in the immediate aftermath can significantly impact any subsequent compensation claim you may wish to pursue.
- Get medical attention: Your health should always be your #1 priority. It’s important that you seek medical attention, even if the injury seems minor.
- Report the accident: Report the incident to your employer.
- Gather information: If possible, start gathering details about your accident. This includes contact information of witnesses and photos.
- Contact a solicitor: Reach out to the personal injury solicitors at Paschal O’Hare.
The evidence you can provide following a scaffolding accident will significantly strengthen your claim. Here are some types of evidence that can be crucial:
- Medical records: These records should provide a detailed account of your scaffolding injuries
- Accident logbook entry: The record of the accident reported to your employer.
- Photo evidence: Any photos from the scene that can demonstrate unsafe conditions.
- Witness statements: Their accounts can provide an independent perspective.
Our solicitors will work hard to calculate your present and future financial losses. This typically includes loss of potential earnings and other benefits. Our expert solicitors will prepare your case to ensure the compensation you receive reflects the financial impact the accident has had and will have on your life. Remember, we’re here to help.