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Compensation for Falling Off a Farm Ladder

Is it possible to claim compensation for falling off a farm ladder at work and injuring yourself if no-one else was present at the time?

You may be able to pursue compensation for falling off a ladder if you can prove that someone other than yourself was at fault for your accident. In your case, this is more than likely going to be your employer as they owe a ‘duty of care to you – meaning that they must take measures to ensure your safety while at work. While this duty is not absolute, and you too are expected to take measures to ensure your safety, proving that it was breached may allow toy to pursue a claim for a ladder fall.

Another possibility is that your injury was caused by a design or manufacturing fault in the ladder, which may allow you to pursue compensation for falling off a farm ladder from the company which developed it.

If it is your employer who you are eligible to pursue a claim for a ladder fall against, proving that their negligence led to you falling from height be possible if you can prove that they were in violation of any health and safety rules and regulations. In accordance with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, you employer is required to supply you with suitable equipment to complete your job – if you believe if prior damage to the ladder made it unsafe to use or that you were otherwise ill-equipped to do your job, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for falling off a farm ladder.

Despite the fact that you were alone when the accident occurred, you may still be able to gather evidence to support your claim for a ladder fall. CCTV footage – if available – and photographs of the scene and your injuries may add weight to your claim. Although no one was present, it may be the case that other employees have complained about the ladder, or that they may be able to confirm your claim that the ladder was faulty.

Gathering evidence and speaking with a solicitor is not as important as safeguarding your health – you should have summoned an ambulance as soon as your accident occurred, or if you were unable to, have had someone else do it for you. Although being compensated for your injuries is important, no amount of compensation will be able to make up for any serious injuries caused by falling from height. If you have not yet had your injuries treated, you should do so immediately.

Once you have had your injuries treated, you should contact a personal injury claims solicitor immediately. A solicitor will be able to assess your claim for falling from height on its merits and tell you whether or not you are entitled to pursue compensation. Your solicitor may also be able to provide you with an estimate of how much compensation you may be entitled to. Claimants who pursue compensation for falling off a farm ladder after speaking with a personal injury claims solicitor are more likely to receive the maximum possible entitlement.