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Falling Object Injury Claims Guide – How Much Compensation Can I Claim?

How To Claim Compensation for Injuries From Falling Objects

Injuries from falling objects whether in the workplace or in a public place can cause serious damage, leaving you incapacitated for a long period of time. Should you have been struck by a falling object, our legal experts would help you make a falling object compensation claim and ensure you are awarded the right amount for your pain and suffering.

Anyone who has been struck by a falling object and sustained an injury could be entitled to file a falling object compensation claim. This type of accident is more commonplace in a work environment, but an object can be dropped from a height, off a ladder or scaffolding in a public place too. Falling object injuries can occur in a park, nursery or because a shop sign fell causing you pain and suffering. If you have been struck by a falling object no matter where the incident occurred, we would walk you through the process of filing a falling object compensation claim while at the same time offering advice on the amount you may be awarded for your injuries using our personal injury claims calculator.

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A Guide To Falling Object Compensation Claims

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Head injury caused by falling object

Injuries sustained when struck by a falling object are quite common in the workplace or in areas where goods are stacked or moved around in warehouses and storerooms. Whether you are injured by a moving object in the workplace or in a public area, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim for compensation providing negligence can be established on the part of a third party.

Objects can fall in public places too and this includes shop and other types of signs. Establishing who is responsible involves gathering as much information about the circumstances surrounding the incident and finding out who is responsible for the public area whether it’s a shop, park or other area the public regularly uses. The sort of items that could fall and cause injury to a passer-by include where safety netting has not been set up on construction sites or an item being dropped from a ladder onto a pavement.

This type of injury can leave you incapacitated for a long time, more especially if you were struck on the head a falling object from a great height. However, even when an item falls from a low height, the injuries you may sustain could be more severe than you first thought more especially if you suffered a mild concussion.

Personal injury claims are complex at the best of times and with so much legal jargon associated with them, choosing to discuss your case with a professional takes the stress out of having to cope with all it entails. To find out more on how much you may be awarded please review our personal injury claims calculator below.

What Are Falling Object Accidents?

Injuries from falling objects are more commonplace than you may think. This type of accident typically happens in the workplace, but you can get injured by a falling object in a public place or even in a private residence. Between 2013 and 2014, RIDDOR statistics (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), showed that about 1 in 10 injuries in the workplace were caused by falling/moving objects and that the majority of incidents were reported within the manufacturing industry.

Other instances where people suffered an injury from a falling object included when a falling object hit a pedestrian as they walked along a pavement or when they were struck by something while walking in a public place. It is worth noting the definition of being “struck by moving objects” also refers to any objects/items that fall from above which includes from the following:

  • Ladders
  • Buildings
  • Mine shafts
  • Lifting machinery
  • Vehicles
  • Other equipment
  • Other specified or unspecified ways

If you have been struck by falling object whether in the workplace or elsewhere and the accident occurred due to the negligence of a third party, you could be entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering your sustained. Whether it was a slight injury or something more serious, we can help you through the process of filing a falling object compensation claim.

What Are Common Injuries From Falling Objects?

Injuries caused by falling objects can be slight to extremely serious leaving you with severe life changing spinal damage. Compensation for serious injuries caused by falling objects is calculated on how much your life is negatively impacted. With this said, the most common reported injuries are detailed below:

  • Injuries to the head
  • Facial injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Back injuries
  • Injuries to the spine which result in paraplegia or tetraplegia

If you were injured by a falling object whether in the workplace or elsewhere and are wondering if you could be entitled to make a claim, a personal injury solicitor would assess your case to establish if a third party could be held responsible for the pain and suffering you endured. We provide an initial, free, no obligation consultation which allows us the time to assess your case and it also gives you the opportunity to ask any questions relating to falling object injury compensation claims.

Falling Object Injury statistics

The number of incidents where employees suffered major/specified injuries after being struck by a moving object from 2013 to 2014 stood at around one in ten, according to falling object injury statistics published by RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations).

Incidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive indicate that over 10% of serious injuries caused by “moving objects” occurred in the food and drink industry. In short, after handling, slip and fall injuries, being struck by a moving object is the third most reported injury in this industry with around 700 cases being reported to the Health and Safety Executive annually with one hundred of the injuries being deemed major.

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RIDDOR accident at work statistics

Around a third of all injuries caused by people being struck by a falling object involve items falling from storage racks and similar incidents.

Risk Management To Ensure Protection From Falling Objects

Employers, by law have a duty of care to ensure that all employees and people visiting a workplace are kept safe from being hit by falling objects. They must carry out risk assessments and this includes the risk of anyone being struck by a moving object. Employers and business owners must ensure the following:

  • That shelving is stable, well secured and that it will not easily fall if knocked
  • Heavier objects/items must be stored on shelves nearer to the ground
  • Lighter objects/items can be stored on higher shelving
  • Careful attentions must be paid to how goods/items are stacked, handled and moved
  • Hand tools which includes knives must be safely stored and well sheathed when not being used
  • Knife resistant protective wear must be provided and worn by anyone working with knives – this includes aprons, forearm guard/gloves to be worn on non-cutting hand
  • All hand tools must be kept in good condition
  • Pallet truck, racks and trolleys operated by pedestrians should only be used on designated, well signposted routes and operators must wear high visibility clothing

Management/business owners must carry out risk assessments on any hazardous situations involving items such as rolling kegs/barrels, objects ejected from equipment, hoist hooks etc.

Being hit by falling objects can leave you seriously injured, however, even a slight head injury should be taken seriously and medical attention must be sought sooner rather than later. If you have been injured by a falling object at work and need help establishing if you have a claim for compensation, a personal injury lawyer can advise you of your rights and who may be responsible for your pain and suffering. At Legal Expert, our team of solicitors have years of experience in successfully handling personal injury falling object claims for clients in the past.

Duty Of Care To Prevent People Being Struck By A Falling Object

Employers and site managers as well as any other person who is in control of a workplace, has a duty of care to ensure that work environments are kept safe. Under the law, employees and anyone visiting a workplace must be protected and kept safe from suffering a falling object injury. The regulations that govern workplaces are detailed below:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Under UK legislation, business owners/employers must carry out the following:

  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Provide adequate safety measures
  • Provide adequate staff training
  • To prevent or stop items/objects from falling by attaching ties or suitable guards/safety mesh
  • To set up exclusion zones
  • To store goods/items/objects safely and to only place machinery/equipment at heights when absolutely necessary
  • To provide the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which includes hard hats and safety helmets

A business owner/employer’s responsibility includes towards visitors to a workplace or site where a member of the public may be struck by a falling object from scaffolding or a ladder.

When it comes to falling objects in other public areas or private settings where protection from falling objects is that much harder to set in place, land or property owners could be held responsible if you are struck by a falling object, examples being if a sign fell on your head, the shop owner would be liable whereas if an object fell off a windowsill or balcony of a private house, the property’s owner would be deemed responsible for an injury from a falling object.

Claims For Injuries From Falling Object Hazards In The Workplace

If you were struck by a falling object in the workplace, whether you are an employee or just visiting a shop, building site or other work environment, you could be entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering your sustained as a result of an accident at work. Even if an object falls from a low height, you may suffer a significant head injury or other part of your body.

Some of the most common workplace falling object claims involve hand tools which when stored at height, can cause significant injuries to anyone below. Business owners and employers have a duty of care under The Work at Height Regulations 2005 to ensure that employees and visitors be protected from falling object injury. Failure to do so could be deemed negligent and a court could rule that a business owner/employee be liable for your injuries.

If you suffer an falling object injury, there are specific things you can claim which are detailed below:

  • Special damages
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel costs
  • Care costs
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of anticipated income

Having sustained an injury from a falling object in the workplace, it is essential to follow the dropped objects procedure that is set in place by the management. All reports passed onto RIDDOR by the Health and Safety Executive would be needed when filing hit by falling object claims. The report would also be used in annual H&S dropped objects statistics.

Claims For Being Struck By A Falling Object In A Public Place

If you have been struck by a falling object in a public place whether in a shop, park or other area where the public are permitted to be, the responsibility for any injuries you sustain would be down to a shop/business owner, local council, management or person who is in control of a designated area.

The most important part of filing a falling object claim is being able to prove third party negligence which means gathering as much evidence as possible to pass onto a personal injury lawyer. The proof needed in falling object accident claims include the following:

  • That a third party was negligent
  • They failed to make an area safe from falling objects
  • Photographic evidence of injuries sustained
  • Photographic evidence of where the injury occurred
  • Witness statements and their contact details
  • CCTV evidence (if possible)

I was hit by a falling sign can I claim compensation?

Accidents in the workplace or in a public place that involve falling signs can cause minor to more serious head injuries. Many people ask us “can I claim for a falling object injury” and the answer is yes. If you were struck by a falling sign, you would be entitled to claim compensation for the injuries you sustained. If the incident happened in the workplace whether you are an employee or just visiting, the business owner/employer could be held responsible for not having made sure the work area was safe. A court could rule they were negligent and rule in your favour awarding you falling object injury compensation for the pain and suffering you had to endure.

If the incident happened in a public place whether a shop, supermarket, park or other area where the public is allowed to be, then the people who would be held responsible would be the management of an area, the business owner or the local council.

Severe head injuries must be taken seriously and include the following:

  • Unconsciousness
  • concussion
  • Fits or seizures
  • Problems talking
  • Problems staying awake
  • Hearing problems
  • Double vision
  • Vomiting
  • Blood from nose
  • Loss of memory
  • Swelling/bruising around eyes and behind ears
  • lack of co-ordination
  • Difficulty standing up/walking

The level of compensation you may be awarded would depend on the seriousness of your head injury. A personal injury lawyer would ensure you receive the right level of compensation for a falling object injury that involved a sign. To find out how we can help process your falling object compensation claim, please contact us today.

Am I Eligible To Claim Compensation For An Injury From A Falling Object?

People who have been struck by a falling object whether in a public place or at work, may be entitled to file for compensation from the third party or employer if negligence can be established. If you have sustained an injury in the last 3 years and where children are involved the time limit is longer, we would work on your falling object compensation claim bearing in mind that we would do so on a No Win No Fee basis taking all the strain off having to find the funds to get your claim started.

What Can My Falling Object Injury Claim Include?

If you suffered an injury after being struck by a falling object, you would be entitled to include the following in your compensation claim:

  • General damages – can be claimed for the pain, suffering and trauma
  • Travel expenses – can be included in a claim to cover the cost of travelling to and from a hospital or medical facility
  • Medical expenses – all medical expenses not covered by the NHS can be claimed together with prescriptions and other out of pocket expenses incurred for treatments
  • Loss of income – these can be included in your claim
  • Loss of anticipated earnings – these can be included in your falling object injury claim
  • Care claim –you have need daily help in the home you can claim care costs

We can advise you on all the out of pocket expenses you could include in a falling object compensation claim. We also offer a No Win No Fee service which in short means that a personal injury lawyer can start work on your claim without the need of any upfront fees being paid.

Calculating Compensation For Serious Injuries Caused By Falling Objects

The guide below provides average amounts awarded for specific falling object injuries which are based on amounts awarded to people in the past.

InjuryCompensationAdditional information
Head injury£1,675 to £300,000From minor injuries like cuts and bruises to extremely severe injuries that result in 24/7 care
Brain damage£11,000 to £1 Million +From injuries that cause poor focus, poor memory function to extremely serious disability
Neck injury£3,470 to £6,290Full recovery achieved with 1 to 2 years
Shoulder injuries£14,600 to £36,500
Spinal injury£258,740 to £322,060Injuries involving paralysis - tetraplegia
Loss of benefits£5,500 to £550,000Awarded when a person is unable to work which results in a loss of income for the time it takes for them to recover
Projected loss of earnings£11,000 to £440,000Amount awarded depending on how an injury negatively impacts a person's ability to work

No Win No Fee Falling Object Compensation Claims

For many people making a claim for compensation following a falling object injury is just too expensive. Our No Win No Fee structure takes the burden off finding funds to pay for essential legal advice when it comes to filing personal injury claims. We can begin work on your claim without you having to pay anything in advance for us to do so.

Having worked on many successful No Win No Fee falling object compensation claims in the past, our team of legal experts are familiar with what is often a complex process and as such, our success rate is something to be proud of.

We only ask for payment once you have been awarded compensation for the pain and suffering you endured as a result of a falling object injury. There’s nothing to pay should your case be unsuccessful.

Why Make Your Falling Object Compensation Claim With Us?

At Legal Expert, we pride ourselves in providing a first class personal injury service and keep our claims lines open 24-hour, 7-days a week, 365 days a year. This ensures you can contact us at any time to discuss a falling object injury claim.

We also offer a no obligation, initial free consultation which enables us the time to understand your case and whether you could be entitled to file a claim against a third party. Working with us on No Win No Fee basis, takes the pressure off and allows you to focus on making a full recovery.

We work with true professionals in their field and our personal injury solicitors are well acquainted with the legal process involved in filing falling object compensation claims on behalf of their clients. Call us today to find out how we can help you with your claim making sure the personal injury claims time limit is respected.

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Helpful Links

The link below takes you to the Health and Safety Executive website which provides information on falling object accidents in the food and drink industry:

HSE website

The link below takes you to the NHS website where you will find details about severe head injuries:

NHS – Severe head injuries

The link below provides essential information about head injury claims:

Head injury claims

The link below offers valuable advice about Split Liability:

Split liability claims

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