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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:
0161 358 0800

10 months ago

"A star in the making"

I’d just like to give a very positive feedback to Ansa Rashid took on my case & finally got things moving. Before that I had Susan Mason who never answered my calls or emails & the case was ongoing still 3 years on. Ansa took over, got things moving & even through her busy day rang me mostly every week, sometimes on the phone an hour or so. I can not fault this woman she is amazing at her job. Very professional, caring, trustworthy & motivational. Plenty of times I wanted to to throw the towel in but she just wouldn’t let me give up. The case took 4 years in the end & even though we didn’t win I’d still recommend her to everyone. Thank you Ansa you are a star In the making

Lisa Jayne Hinds

7 months ago

" ‘in-Case’ app makes things so simple"

I was involved in an accident which was not my fault, and was recommended to use Aequitas Legal. From the start, the whole journey with the team was both efficient, professional and sophisticated, with everyone essentially making the process so easy. Their ‘in-Case’ App made simple things like documents and letters so accessible, and meant I could access any import documents at anytime in seconds. I first spoke to Sucheet, who was the gentleman in charge of the company, who explained how everything would work, and pointed me in the direction of Connor, who would be my main liaison during the case. Together, they both ensured I was given the best advice, and seamlessly helped me through the case, which was concluded with a positive outcome! I could not recommend this company more, and will always be my go-to firm.

Jay Amin

1 year ago

"Amazing determination"

I was amazed on how determined the team were in seeing my case through. If you are looking for a reliable, easy and transparent team to handle your case, here they are. I would like to thank Somia who I believe either led or coordinated my case for doing a fantastic job in both seeing the case through and communication.

Bethel Osuagwu

7 months ago

"Reassuring help throughout our case"

The team at Aequitas Legal were excellent. They were very responsive to questions with appropriate answers as well as being very supportive. They reassured my husband & I throughout our case & helped to acquire an amazing settlement of our case without having to attend court. I would greatly recommend their services to anybody unreservedly.

Sharon Cooper

9 months ago

"Professional, friendly and happy to explain everything simply"

Highly recommend Aequitas who have recently dealt with my successful case. Special thanks to James Sloane who made the process much easier ; very professional, friendly and happy to explain everything simply. Also very encouraging and supportive with regular updates as well as spot on with getting paperwork and documents organised.
For someone like myself who has never been involved in a legal process I'm delighted with how my case was handled with this company.

Wendy Hindley

1 year ago

"A deserved 5 Stars!"

Fantastic service from Ansa. Shes worked hard on my case and kept me up to date and well informed on everything that was happening. Pleasure to deal with. She deserves the 5stars!

Rachel Williams

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