Working on a construction site, you have to take daily precautions and safety measures in order to prevent accidents. With adequate training and professionalism, every employee should be able to prevent self-inflicted injuries or incidents. 

This doesn’t mean that construction sites are completely free of accidents. There is still a possibility that any member of the construction team may endure an injury. 

Sometimes, the negligence of another person can lead to a construction site injury. These accidents should always be avoided meaning if you are the victim, you have the right to a workplace accident claim. 

If you have suffered a personal injury in Sligo or any other county, make sure to get in contact with Valerie Kearins Solicitors. Here, we have a team that can help you to get the most out of your claim.

What is a construction site accident claim?

A construction site accident claim is when you seek compensation for personal injuries or damages you have sustained on site due to someone else’s negligence. This financial compensation can help to cover out of pocket expenses you now face due to the damages that occurred. 

You should never have to worry about dealing with a workplace injury due to someone else’s negligence as a construction worker. This is why you should always make a claim when you are the victim of such an incident. 

Being injured at work means that your employee is not providing a safe and secure workplace, which should never be the case.

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Common construction site accident claims

There are a lot of different accidents that can happen on a construction site. This is why so many safety measures are taken on a daily basis. 

When these safety measures are not taken or someone demonstrates negligence, serious accidents can occur. Some common examples of claims include:

  • Manual handling claims
  • Ladder accident claims
  • Slip, trip and fall claims
  • Machinery accident claims
  • Personal protective equipment claims
  • Vehicle accident claims
  • Falling object claims

Manual handling claims

It is the responsibility of your employer to provide you with adequate manual handling training. This helps you to understand how to handle and manage equipment on the construction site. 

If you are given a task that you have not been trained for, this can prove to be quite dangerous. Should an accident occur as a result of this, you have the right to make a claim.

Ladder accident claims

You must be trained properly to use ladders on a construction site. This also includes being provided with a secure ladder and situation. 

Failure to comply with these factors could result in a bad fall and/or injury. In this instance, be sure to contact a personal injury solicitor.

Slip, trip and fall claims

Slips, trips, and falls are a common occurrence in the workplace in regard to injury claims. Misplaced tools, uneven surfaces or wet surfaces can all contribute to these damages. 

It is the responsibility of your employer to remove any potential hazards from the area. Failure to do this means you have the right to make a claim.

Machinery accident claims

Machinery on a construction site should be checked on a frequent basis to ensure that it is fully operational and safe to use. If an employer does not do this, it is considered negligence. 

It is also negligent to instruct an employee to use machinery without the correct training and supervision. Injuries caused by this mean you have the right to compensation.

Personal protective equipment claims

Employers must provide their construction team with personal protective equipment, or PPE. Without this safety equipment, the risk of enduring an injury increases substantially. 

If you are injured or have an accident that was caused by a lack of PPE, then you should make a claim against your employer. It is their duty to protect you on a daily basis.

Vehicle accident claims

When vehicles are being used on a construction site, a lot of caution should be taken in order to avoid an accident. 

If someone demonstrates negligence while using a vehicle on a site, this can lead to serious accidents or collisions. When you are injured in such an instance you have the right to make a claim.

Falling object claims

Falling objects from above on a construction site can include the likes of tools, machinery and materials. This means that being struck by such an object from above can lead to serious injuries. 

Make sure to seek compensation if you have been struck by a falling object from above.

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If you feel you have been the victim of personal injury and you are considering filing a claim for compensation, feel free to get in touch with Valerie Kearins Solicitors for an assessment of your case.

Compensation for construction site accident claims

The compensation that you receive for a successful construction accident claim will vary depending on your situation. For a clearer indication of how much you can expect to receive from your claim, make sure you talk to your personal injury solicitor. 

Compensation for a construction site accident claim is based on two factors. These include general damages and specific damages:

On a construction site, general damages will consider the overall severity of the situation and misfortune you have had to deal with. General damages will consider factors such as: 

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Changes in your quality of life
  • Loss of amenity

Specific damages from a construction site accident claim will look at the various costs you may now face as a result of your injury. Specific damages will consider factors such as: 

  • Loss of earnings/future earnings
  • Medical costs
  • Travel costs
  • Future care needs

How to make a personal injury claim

At Valerie Kearins Solicitors, we want to make the process of making a claim as simple as possible. This is why our team of legal experts is with you every step of the way. 

The steps that are included in making your personal injury claim are as follows:

The first thing you need to do is reach out to us. Outline the situation you have been involved in and provide as many details as you can. 

You can get in touch by phoning us at 071 91 49799 or emailing at

The more details you can provide from the start, the sooner we can get to work on your claim. 

Next, we are going to need to gather the medical records regarding your injury. This acts as evidence to support your claim. 

These medical records will then be assessed by a medical expert to establish the cause. 

Your solicitor may seek out further evidence if it is available to bolster your claim. 

Once the evidence is gathered, your solicitor will then work on composing a letter of claim. 

This letter will outline your claim and be sent to the guilty party, who in this case is your employer. 

The response of the claim will dictate if the claim will need to go to court or not. If the claim is accepted, then this is not necessary.

It is unlikely that your construction site accident will result in court proceedings. Claims only reach this stage in a very small percentage of cases. 

Your solicitor will proceed with this step by filing the appropriate court papers. 

They may also seek out further evidence to improve the chances of success with your claim.

Evidence to help support your workplace accident claim

The more evidence that you have when making your claim, the more chance of success you have in regard to being awarded compensation. 

For a construction site accident claim, the medical records of your injury are going to be key forms of evidence. Also if there is any security footage of the sites or eye witness reports, these can prove beneficial.

Workplace accident claims

Accidents can occur in any workplace, not just on a construction site. 

If you have endured an accident in your workplace, you have the right to make a workplace accident claim for compensation. It is the responsibility of your employer to keep you safe and protected during work.

If you have been a victim of a workplace accident in Sligo, speak with Valerie Kearins Personal Injury Solicitors today.  

Failure to do this is considered negligence.

What is a workplace accident claim?

A workplace accident claim is when you seek compensation following an accident or injury in the workplace. 

This compensation can help facilitate medical costs, loss of income and other out of pocket expenses you may face in relation to damages.

Can you lose your job for making a claim?

No, you cannot lose your job for making a workplace claim. 

Section 27 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 prohibits an employer from firing or disciplining an employee for making a claim. The legislation helps to protect employees from unfair dismissal. 

In the event that you do lose your job, this is considered unfair dismissal. Should this occur, you have the right to compensation.

Make a claim today

No one should ever have to endure any kind of damages or injuries when they go to work. This means if you have been the victim of a construction site or other workplace accident, make a claim immediately. 

The sooner you make a claim, the sooner the process of getting you compensation can begin. 

To begin the process of making a claim, get in touch by phoning us at 071 91 49799 or emailing at Valerie Kearins Solicitors offers our customers professional service, being one of the top solicitors’ firms in Sligo. 

We have a team that is ready to help you get justice, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

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