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Contractors & Sub Contractor Claims

It is assumed that contractors or subcontractors working on somebody else’s building site cannot make a claim, however, this is not the case. Often, contractors are instructed by the management on a site or are given tools and equipment to use by the company who they are contracted to.

This means if you suffer an accident as a result of misinstruction, an unsafe environment or are given defective gear, the site management are responsible for your injury. If you have been injured in an accident but are unsure as to whether you have case, we can assess which parties were present at the time and who is at fault.

Who is responsible?

If you’re contracted to work on a site, it is the company or site management’s responsibility to make sure you are kept from harm while carrying out your job. In most cases, contractors are treated in the same way as employees because they will have decided the best working practice and may provide you with training or tools to complete your work.

Even if you are a self-employed contractor – where you are usually responsible for your own safety – and are working on a site where there are safety guidelines in place, those who hired you are still responsible for keeping you from harm.

All companies are legally required to take out Employers’ Liability Insurance. Should you suffer an injury on a site, do not be concerned with making a claim against those who have hired you, as it is there to be used to award compensation for accidents in the workplace.

What to do when you have been injured

Employers are required to – and usually do – keep workers protected while they’re at work. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen, resulting in an injury. If you have been injured while contracted to a construction or building site, there are a number of steps you should take to ensure the success of a claim. These include:

  • Denying liability until you have sought counsel from a personal injury specialist
  • Asking for contact details from any witnesses to the accident
  • Recording your injury in the site’s Accident Report Book
  • Having a doctor or other medical professional diagnose and treat your injuries
  • Please note that these steps are solely to be used as guidance and not be considered as legal advice. For comprehensive advice on what you
  • should following an accident, please contact our personal injury team today.
  • Making a claim for compensation

Just like employees, contractors have a three-year time limit to make a compensation claim. This usually begins from the date you’re aware that a work accident was responsible for your injury, as some injuries are not apparent immediately after an accident.

If you have ceased working for the company or individual who hired you when the accident took place, we will be able to track the responsible parties down for you so you’re still able to make a claim.

Why choose Aequitas Legal?

Our team of expert personal injury solicitors has decades of experience in making successful claims. We understand the importance of compensation and the difference it can make to your recovery, as it can cover the cost of lost earnings, pay for treatment that might not be available on the NHS and help you make adaptations to accommodation or transportation.

When you start a claim with Aequitas Legal, you will be assigned your own solicitor who will be there to provide updates on your claim, answer any questions you may have and ensure the whole process is as stress-free as possible. We pride ourselves on providing an outstanding service and will use all our expertise to help you get the justice you deserve.

How we have helped others

To read about how we have helped other contractors, please take a look at our case studies.

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If you or a loved one have been contracted to work on a site and have suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, get in touch with Aequitas Legal today to discuss your case.

Call us for reliable, accessible and friendly advice:
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3 years ago

"Excellent company"

What an excellent company. Always answered the phone quickly. Explained everything in simple terms no legal jargon. Highly recommend this company. Got me the amount that we discussed. Every member who I spoke to was polite and very helpful. Overall an excellent experience. 5/5

Andy Turner

3 years ago

"Always professional"

Excellent team, always professional and guided me through my claim every step of the way.

Rakesh Mehta

3 years ago

"Settled for more than what I expected"

Many thanks to the team at Aequitas Legal. My claim was settled for more than what I expected. Kudos to them!

4 years ago

"No regrets "

Really friendly. Kept me up to date so far in my case and always receive regular updates. No regrets picking Aequitas Legal.

Daniel Royle

3 years ago

"No hesitation recommending Aequitas Legal"

Aequitas Legal were the solicitors responsible and Matthew Trusch handled my case, very professionally, but able to communicate with me in layman's terms over any worries I had. Everything was handled with empathy and friendliness, I can only thank him and his team for fetching everything to a satisfactory conclusion. I would have no hesitation in recommending Aequitas Legal to anyone who needed a professional service. Thank you again.

4 years ago

"Go above and beyond"

As a business we have an excellent working partnership with Aequitas. They are a proactive, genuine, responsible company who always go above and beyond for their clients and suppliers alike. Leemic are always willing to offer support to Aequitas because, fundamentally, they are a lovely and hardworking team who are always on the end of the phone should we require impartial advice! We wish them every success in the future because they deserve to do well!

Lizzy McDowell

3 years ago

"Very professional"

I received excellent from service and support from my solicitor Carl Jones and the other members of staff I spoke to Aequitas Legal. They are all very professional but also friendly and happy to help. I was always able to get in touch and any queries dealt with quickly. I would recommend Aequitas Legal to my friends and family.

3 years ago

"Highly recommend"

My experience with Aquitas Legal has been great. I was given no nonsense, realistic expectations and I am very happy with the outcome. Using their app made the experience even easier, however I always managed to speak to someone if I needed clarification on anything. I would highly recommend Aquitas Legal!

3 years ago

"Brilliant all the way through"

What can I say what a team ashleigh as been brilliant all the way through talking on whatsapp gets back to u really fast and always trys to help you out the all team been brilliant to get me the best outcome I will defo past aequitas Legal name on to anyone 5 out 5 keep up the hard work you all take care.

Dean Cotterill

3 years ago

"Always kept informed of everything"

I have been really happy with the quality of the advice and help I have received over the period of my claim. Always kept informed of everything and my claim has been won and settled in my favour. I would recommend Carl and the team to everyone.

3 years ago

"Outstanding service"

I would like to say a massive thank you to Aequitas Legal for such an outstanding service. The service received was very professional and very swift, I was kept up to date at al times through letters and emails. I would absolutely recommend Aequitas Legal to anyone looking to pursue a personal injury claim - Thank You Aequitas Legal

Ranj Lal

4 years ago

"The team were very helpful"

My case went on for just over 2 years. The team were very helpful and Matthew made sure i was kept up to date and always asked for my opinion. There was no pressure and he offered his own opinion to help along the way. Thank you very much aequitas legal!

3 years ago

"Process was made simple"

My experience with Aequitas Legal was excellent overall. The process was made very simple and took up very little time on my part, particularly with use of the 'InCase' App and emails. My caseworker, Jane Hargreaves, was very approachable and friendly, and responded to queries promptly. I was expecting my case to take the best part of 6 months to resolve but was settled with my cheque in the post within just a few months. Very impressed at such a stress free and innovative experience and would recommend to others.

Amy Fox

3 years ago

"Kept updated regularly "

Aequitas Legal, a very professional company from Katie who helped with my initial inquiry to Suzanne, the solicitor, who handled my case. I was kept updated regularly on all aspects and developments and given sound advice regarding my claim. I particularly liked using the App on my mobile which was full of useful information. Great customer service with prompt responses to questions and queries, I would not hesitate to recommend them.
Thank you for a quick and easy settlement.

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