Buildings are getting taller and taller and taller which makes working at heights a common occurrence for construction workers. However, a fall from as little as one meter can cause serious injury and in some sad cases even prove fatal.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident whilst working at heights our workplace injury lawyers will help you get the compensation and apology you deserve.
Working at heights means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall which can result in a personal injury.
Common causes of falls from height:
When people think of working at heights they generally think of a person falling off a ladder or from a tall building. Falls from any height cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces. Some of the most common work duties that can result in a fall from height include:
Even instances of slips and trips can count as a fall from height.
People working on construction sites are most at risk of falls from height, although they can happen anywhere, any time and usually when you least expect it.
In Australia each year many people become unsuspected victims of falls from height in public places. Some of the most common types of fall accident that happen in public places include.
Please don’t worry if we haven’t mentioned what caused your fall from height in the two lists above because we can probably still help. We have a dedicated team of specialist workers compensation and public liability lawyers ready to help you with any type of accident that resulted from working at heights.
Suffering an unexpected injury can be extremely frustrating as well as painful. It can be especially frustrating if it happened due to no fault of your own.
Finding who was at fault for accidents can sometimes be quite difficult because when you’re working at heights accidents tend to happen quite quickly and when you least expect it.
If you’re found to be not at fault you will more than likely be entitled to compensation. You will also be eligible to take advantage of our no win, no payment* guarantee, so if for some reason you lose your case, you won’t be left out of pocket.
Only a practising lawyer can make this decision for you using their decades worth of knowledge and experience. They can let you know in minutes whether your eligible or not and make you aware of your rights. Call our expert workplace lawyers to find out where you stand today. All calls are free and you won’t be under any obligations when you call us.
We reviewed many Australian workplace injury and fatality statistics relating to falls from heights from some research carried out by Queensland University.
Construction companies have a duty of care to keep employees safe when working at heights at all times. If they have failed to do this then you could be entitled to compensation.
Our lawyers might still be able to help you if you think you were partly at fault for your accident. If you’re unsure or something just doesn’t feel right call our experts today.
In the early stages of your fall injury claim your lawyer won’t be able to give you an exact compensation amount. Although no two working at heights cases are the same, the things that a lawyer will consider when negotiating a fall from height claim can be.
Some of the things that they will calculate when preparing your claim will include:
Our online calculator can give you an estimate of how much compensation you could be owed.
Our lawyers will make sure that your job is still there when you’re ready to return. If they dismiss you then you might be eligible for more compensation in the form of an unfair dismissal claim.
According to Work Safe Australia, between July 2003 and June 2011, 232 workers were killed after a fall from height and from 2010 – 2011, 29 workers were killed.
They go on to say that whilst there has been no improvement in the number of deaths resulting in a fall from a height over the past 8 years, compared to the number of fatalities 20 years ago, the number has halved.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to a fall from a height, we understand that no amount of money can ever make this right but compensation may ease the stress in one area of your life.
Our specialist no win, no worries lawyers appreciate how difficult this must be for you and will be there to help and listen whenever you feel ready.
If you feel ready to start your journey to compensation there are two ways to get the ball rolling. Either call us free on 1800 106 107 and speak with our friendly trained advisors or start your claim online and we will call you back.
Please don’t feel nervous about calling us, our team are highly trained experts who treat people with empathy and respect. When you call Australian Accident Helpline you will never feel pressured into staring your claim and be under no obligations whatsoever.