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Contractors Accident Claims

Accident at Work Injury 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.

To speak to a solicitor, simply call us on 0161 358 0800 or let us know if you’d like to hear from us by filling in the contact form located on this page.


Who is responsible?

An explanation of who is liable in a claim

What to do when you have been injured

Advice on what to do following an accident

Making a claim for compensation

Advice on making a claim as an injured contractor

Why choose Aequitas Legal?

Our solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation

How we have helped others

Examples of successful work accident claims


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.

Start your claim today

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. You can either call us on 0161 358 0800 or fill in the contact form located on this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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