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No matter the industry or environment you work in, you should always be protected from harm whilst at work. Despite construction and building sites being dangerous places, your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe. If they have failed in this duty, and you have been injured as a result, you may be able to claim compensation.

Due to the nature of these types of accidents, people often sustain serious life-changing injuries, resulting in them needing significant time off work. Claiming compensation can help ease any financial pressures you may be feeling by not being able to earn your usual wages and help pay for specialist input to improve your recovery.

Not only does making a claim compensate you for your injuries, but it also highlights any dangers there may be on the construction site, meaning someone else won’t be injured in the same way.

Can I claim compensation for a construction site accident?

Employers have to follow many rules on construction and building sites to keep workers safe and avoid accidents from occurring. If they have not followed these rules and you have been injured, you may be able to claim compensation. These rules include but are not limited to:

  • Carrying out full risk assessments for the jobs being carried out and any tools or machinery you may need to use.
  • Providing training to employees on using tools and equipment safely and correctly.
  • Supplying suitable protective clothing and equipment.
  • Ensuring all machinery is in good working order with regular checks and maintenance to ensure it’s safe to use.

Sometimes, several people are responsible for an accident on a construction site, so, if you have been injured, it’s always best to speak with an expert solicitor who will be able to advise you on making a claim. They will investigate what happened and find out who is at fault. Even if you think you were partly to blame for the accident, you may still be able to claim compensation.

What type of construction site accidents can I claim for?

Due to the varied nature of tasks on a construction site, there are many different accidents in which people can become injured. These can include, but not limited too:

  • Falls from height, such as from ladders, scaffolding, cherry pickers and unsecured surfaces.
  • Injuries caused by defective machinery or equipment.
  • Accidents because of incorrect manual handling.
  • Forklift truck accidents.
  • Injuries as a result of falling objects and materials.
  • Crush injuries from machinery and supplies.
  • Tripping hazards from wires and tools left in the environment.

For more information on the types of accidents you can claim for, speak to one of our expert serious injury solicitors on 0800 988 6995.

How much compensation can I claim after an accident on a construction site?

The amount of compensation you will receive depends on lots of different elements. This includes the injuries you’ve sustained and how they have impacted your life. Our solicitors have vast experience in helping people after lots of different injuries:

What can a construction site accident claim help with?

There are many things you can claim compensation for if you’ve sustained injuries due to an accident on a construction site. These can include:

  • Any earnings you may have lost as a result of being unable to work (both now and in the future)
  • Paying off any debts that have built up since your injury
  • Paying for petrol/parking or taxis so that you can attend appointments at the hospital or other medical setting
  • Rehabilitation and treatment to help with your injuries
  • Emotional support, including any counselling you may need
  • Any surgery you may need, including on a private basis
  • Ongoing medical treatment
  • Buying and maintaining specific aids and equipment to assist with your mobility
  • Fund adaptations to your home or for more appropriate accommodation
  • Vocational support to help you to return to work

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to make a construction accident compensation claim? plus symbol minus symbol

As with any compensation claim, there are strict time limits as to when you can make a claim. Construction accident compensation claims should be made within three years of the date of the accident. There are some exceptions to this rule, but it’s best to speak to a solicitor as soon as possible after an accident so that they can begin gathering evidence, as well as providing help and support to you and your family.

Does my employer have a duty of care to keep me safe at work? plus symbol minus symbol

In the UK, an employer has a duty of care to ensure that all working environments are safe and appropriate for their employees to carry out their work. They must carry out risk assessments on all activities and have regular checks on all equipment used to ensure it reaches adequate standards.

Within their duty, employers should:

  • Provide the correct machinery and tools and ensure they are in a safe condition.
  • Have a safe and tidy workplace to avoid hazards – for example, your employer must ensure that corridors are kept clear.
  • Give proper training to all staff members – for example, ensuring staff know how to operate machinery safely or how to lift correctly.
  • Provide the appropriate safety equipment, such as hard hats, safety gloves, high visibility clothing, dust masks and ear defenders.

If your employer fails in this duty of care and you become injured as a result, you may be able to make a compensation claim. You can also claim if the accident was caused by the negligence of another member of staff.

I work in a high-risk industry; does that matter? plus symbol minus symbol

Regardless of the industry you work in, you have a right to go to work and come home safely at the end of the day. In many high-risk industries, employers have more of a duty of care to their workers to ensure that there are no unnecessary risks and dangers to workers. If you’ve been injured on a construction site, you should speak to an expert solicitor about your accident, and they will be able to explore if you may be able to claim compensation.

Can I claim on behalf of someone who was fatally injured? plus symbol minus symbol

If a family member has been killed in a construction accident, you can make a claim for compensation on their behalf. We know that claiming compensation won’t bring your family member back but making a claim can ease some of the financial pressure on you. Compensation will include a Statutory Bereavement Award in recognition of the grief a person has gone through after the death of a loved one, as well as a financial token in recognition that the person’s death was wrong. There are other costs and expenses that can be claimed, including:

  • The pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Repayment of losses, for example, funeral expenses
  • Loss of income and financial support from the deceased
  • The cost of probate
  • Compensation for services the deceased would have performed (e.g., housework, childcare, etc.)

Can I make a no win no fee claim? plus symbol minus symbol

Yes, if you have been involved in an accident on a construction site, you can make a claim on a no win no fee basis. This means that if you lose your case, you will not have to pay our fees, meaning you don’t need to worry about the financial costs of claiming compensation. Our solicitors will be able to talk you through what this means and provide you with all the details and answer any questions you may have.

What is our compensation claim process?

All of our construction site accident claims are taken on a no win no fee basis, meaning you don’t need to worry about the financial costs of claiming compensation for an injury sustained at work. Your initial enquiry is completely free and confidential, with no obligation to continue with a claim.

Right from the start, we pull together with you and your family and get to know you, to understand what your most crucial needs and concerns are and to put into place a plan to start helping you straight away.

We build a team around you and your family, choosing solicitors with specialist expertise in dealing with your specific claim or injuries. A Client Support Manager may also work alongside your solicitor. They are highly experienced healthcare professionals who provide practical support and insight into you and your family’s needs.

Our solicitors also work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal industry, ensuring they have the time to dedicate to you and your family. This enables them to work intensively and proactively on your claim, resulting in full compensation for your injuries and the best possible outcome for you without any unnecessary delays.

Why choose us?

 As well as the expertise you would expect when recovering compensation after a construction site accident, we also provide all round support for you and your family and help you to achieve your best outcomes.

We have an excellent track record of taking over and settling claims that other solicitors have rejected or turned down, or where clients have been unhappy with the way their claim is continuing. We can guide you through the process of your claim, ensuring you are kept updated and fully informed throughout. As an independent firm of solicitors with over 30 years’ experience, you can be assured that we only act in your best interests.

We pull together with you and your family to support you with expert legal advice, financial assistance including benefits advice and emergency funds, physical help with early intervention for treatment, rehabilitation and therapies, as well as emotional and physical support for the whole family.


  • Work with fewer clients than is typical in the legal sector, ensuring we have the time to dedicate to working collaboratively with you and your family.
  • Proactive and intensive working, resulting in full compensation with no unnecessary delay.


  • Emergency fund to help plug any gaps in your treatment and support straight away.
  • Help with benefits applications and support with appeal processes.
  • Signposting to charities and other emergency funding.
  • Funding for specialist equipment to improve mobility and independence.
  • No win no fee.


  • Client Support Managers with expert clinical experience involved as part of your team from the start.
  • Provide well-informed guidance about treatment and support, liaise with the treating team about discharge options and arrange and facilitate care packages and source aids and equipment.


  • We listen carefully to you and your family to identify any possible underlying psychological barriers and emotional needs and ensure they are addressed as part of your support plan.

Additional services

Court of Protection

Our specialist Court of Protection solicitors can help you to apply to the Court of Protection for deputyship, as well as act as a professional deputy, easing the stress and strain of managing a family member’s affairs should they lose capacity through injury or illness.

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Personal Injury Trusts

Our specialist solicitors can also advise you on setting up a Personal Injury Trust to protect any means-tested benefits you may be eligible to. Creating a Personal Injury Trust can be necessary in some cases because any compensation you receive which is not held in a Trust will be added to any other capital you have and may affect your eligibility to means-tested benefits.

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Client First Service

Our award-winning Client First Service is designed to meet your individual needs, whatever they may be, whenever they may arise. We will come and visit you and your family in a convenient location for you and where it’s safe to do so, to get to know you and understand your needs and the support we can provide.

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