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Scaffolding Injury Claims

What is the time limit for initiating scaffolding injury claims? I fractured both legs a year ago after I fell from an unsafe scaffold. I have just learned that I will be unable to return to work and I desperately require financial support. Is it too late to make a claim?

You are still within the time limit for initiating scaffolding injury claims – however you are advised to continue with your claim sooner rather than later. As per the Statute of Limitations, you have three years from the date of knowledge of your injury in which to make a claim to compensation. Presuming that you were aware of your injury from the day on which it occurred, you will have another two years in which to make a claim to compensation.

It is understandable if you were initially hesitant to make scaffolding injury claims, but now must do so out of financial necessity. However it should be noted that seeking compensation for scaffolding injury can take some time, because of which you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor if you wish to continue with initiating action. As you have been out of work for a year already, your employer would have been obliged to report your accident to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who may have conducted an investigation into the cause of your accident.

If their report can verify that the scaffolding was unsafe, this may be of great benefit to your claim. Nonetheless, additional evidence may be required in order to maximise the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. Evidence and the memories of those who witnessed your accident may become less reliable over time. Because of this, it is advised that a personal injury solicitor is consulted at the earliest opportunity to help gather evidence to support your claim.

While the time limit for scaffolding injury compensation may appear to be ample time to initiate a claim, there is the possibility that complications may arise. This may include a challenge to your claim by your employers or their insurers. Even if they were primarily responsible for your accident, it is possible that they may claim that you were partially liable for your injury. Complications can also occur if you are directly contacted by your employer’s insurance company with an offer of compensation. Such offers are often made with the intention of saving money for the insurers, and should first be referred to your solicitor in order to avoid the possibility of being undercompensated. Should you have any further questions on making scaffolding injury claims, you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity.