Fatal Injury on a Building Site
Welcome to the Nigel Askew Solicitors website, we are a firm of Lincolnshire based solicitors that specialise in serious injury and fatal accidents. Our fatal accident solicitors represent bereaved families across England and Wales when a family member may have suffered a fatal injury on a building site or during the course of employment in the construction industry.
The lawyers at Nigel Askew Solicitors have over 20 years of experience in complex claims for personal injury and can offer you expert legal advice and guidance, as well as the deepest understanding of your loss.
We understand the complex legal issues surrounding fatal accident claims and understand how difficult it is coping with the sudden loss of a loved one.
To speak with our compassionate team of expert solicitors regarding a new potential claim, please call us today on 01507 609027. Alternatively, you can submit your contact details using the form on this page.
Work related fatal accident claims
The unexpected loss of a loved one is completely devastating for both family and friends. When a family experiences loss as a result of someone else’s actions and negligence, the feeling of devastation can often be met with anger, frustration and an acute sense of injustice.
Our fatal accident solicitors understand that the death of a loved one can leave some families struggling to cope both emotionally and financially. No amount of financial compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, however financial compensation can help you make vital adjustments to life, both in the short and long term.
Health & Safety executive statistics
According to recent statistics published by the Health & Safety Executive, in construction there 39 fatal injuries to workers in 2021 and 4 to members of the public.
Over the last 5 years, there have been on average 36 fatal injuries on building sites and construction sites across England & Wales.
50% of the fatal injuries to construction workers have involved falls from height.
How to start a new claim
When we are contacted by family members on behalf of a deceased member of their family, they are often unsure whether they are able to make a claim on their behalf.
We understand that there are lots of other unanswered questions and that the claims process may seem daunting, which is why we offer our clients a free and no obligation initial face to face consultation.
During our initial conversations we will ask you a series of questions to help us understand how the accident happened, and listen to everything you want to tell us about your experience. At the end of our initial consultation, we will be able to give you an indication of whether we believe we can help you to proceed with a claim.
The questions that we will ask you include:
- The date and location of the accident
- How the accident happened
- Who was involved in the accident
- Whether someone was at fault for the accident
We know that talking about an accident which has caused the death of a loved one can be distressing, which is why we attend clients in their own homes, rather than on the phone.
To start the claims process, contact us today by calling 01507 609027.
The law involving fatal building site accident claims
In the UK there is a legal act which covers Fatal Accidents called The Fatal Accidents Act 1976. Under the provisions of this law, the dependents of someone killed in an accident which was not their fault are entitled to make a claim for financial compensation.
The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 defines a ‘dependent’ as:
- A spouse or former spouse.
- Someone cohabiting with the deceased as husband, wife or civil partner for a minimum of two years prior to the accidental death.
- Children by blood plus adopted children and those who become a legal part of the family via marriage or civil partnership.
- Parents or older relatives, including grandparents, great grandparents and those acting as a parent, such as a step-parents or a guardian.
You may also be able to claim a statutory award for bereavement, under the Fatal Accident Act, which is paid by the other side’s insurance company. This payment is made to the surviving spouse, regardless of any dependency claim.
If it was your partner who suffered a fatal injury on a building site, you could claim as a dependent if you were partially or entirely financially reliant on them. To discuss this in more detail, please call us now on 01507 609027.
Contact Nigel Askew Solicitors
If you have lost someone close to you due to a fatal injury on a building site, we are here to provide you with specialist legal advice and support.
Our team of lawyers can guide you through the claim process with care and compassion.
Call us today on 01507 609027 or submit an online enquiry using the form on this page and we will contact you at your convenience to discuss your enquiry.
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