Claiming Compensation For A Roofer Accident At Work

This guide will explain whether you could make a personal injury claim after you have been injured in a roofer accident at work. In order to seek compensation for your injuries, you must prove that they were caused by your employer breaching the duty of care they owed you.

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Roofer accident at work claims guide

This guide will explore the duty of care employers have and the legislation that outlines the steps they can take as part of their duty to keep you from experiencing harm.

Additionally, we will discuss how a roof accident could occur if this duty is not upheld and the subsequent injuries that could be sustained. In some cases, you could be awarded compensation to address the way in which your injuries have affected you. We will explore what your settlement could consist of and how it may be calculated.

Furthermore, we will look at the steps you can take after sustaining an injury at work, including seeking legal advice and gathering evidence to support your case.

Finally, this guide will explain how our panel of personal injury solicitors could help you with your case by offering you a No Win No Fee agreement. 

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Claiming Compensation For A Roofer Accident At Work

Employers owe a duty of care to take all reasonable and practicable steps to prevent their employees from becoming injured in the workplace or while they are carrying out work-related duties. If they do not fulfil their duty, and you sustain an injury as a result, this is called employer negligence, for which you could be able to make a personal injury claim.

The duty of care they owe is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Under this act, your employer must:

  • Provide employees with up-to-date information, instruction and training to ensure their health and safety in the workplace.
  • Provide and maintain a safe working environment by conducting a regular assessment of risks.
  • Maintain equipment at work to make sure it is safe to use.

In particular when working in the construction industry, where you might carry out roof work, your employer must organise and plan to ensure it is carried out safely. This can include them assessing the risks involved with working at a height and implementing measures to reduce the risk of these causing harm.

For example, they can ensure equipment, such as ladders, are safe and fit for purpose to prevent falls from a height. Additionally, they could provide certain personal protective equipment, such as hard hats, provided they are necessary.

A failure to do so could mean you are injured in a roofer accident at work.

How Long Do You Have To Claim?

When claiming for an accident at work, the standard time-frame you have to claim is three years from the date you sustained your roofing injury. This is set out in the Limitation Act 1980. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule which may be relevant to your case.

Contact our advisors using the details above to learn more about how long you may have to seek compensation. They can also provide further guidance on when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for a roofer accident in the workplace. 

What Could Cause A Roofer Accident At Work?

Due to having to work from a height, roofing work can be hazardous and account for a quarter of all deaths in the construction industry. Examples of how a roofer accident could occur include:

  • You aren’t trained to work on on roofs which leads to you falling through fragile materials. This results in a serious back injury and head injury. 
  • Your employer failed to put edge protection on the roof you are working on, and you slip and fall off the side. This results in a serious head injury alongside paralysis from spinal cord injuries.
  • Scaffolding injuries, such as a broken pelvis or hip and a severely broken leg, are sustained because your employer has failed to ensure the scaffolding structure is safely secured.
  • You are climbing a ladder to get onto a roof at a construction site and fall from a height due to the ladder being defective. 

Not all incidents of an accident on the roof will form the basis of a valid claim. You need to provide evidence of employer negligence to seek compensation. Read on to learn about the evidence you could provide in support of your case.

What Evidence Do You Need To Sue An Employer?

There are several steps you can take to gather sufficient and relevant evidence to support your case, such as:

  • Locating CCTV footage of your accident.
  • Keeping a diary to record your physical and mental state following the accident.
  • Attending medical appointments and requesting copies of medical records, such as X-rays or prescriptions. 
  • Taking contact details of any potential witnesses. 

You may also benefit from seeking legal representation in the form of an accident at work solicitor from our panel. They can offer services such as helping you gather evidence and ensuring your case is presented in full within the relevant time-frame.

To learn more about working with a solicitor when making a roofer accident at work claim, please get in touch using the details above.

Payouts You Could Claim After A Roofer Accident

After making a successful personal injury claim for a roofer accident at work, you can be compensated under two heads of claim; these are called general damages and special damages. General damages compensate for your emotional and physical pain and suffering after the injury.

The guideline compensation brackets in the table below are from the Judicial College Guidelines. This is a document used by solicitors to calculate the amount awarded for general damages. These figures are not a guarantee.

Injury Severity Guideline Compensation Bracket Notes
Paralysis Tetraplegia £324,600 to £403,990 Several factors can influence the award given, such as age, the degree of independence and the psychological impact.
Paralysis Paraplegia £219,070 to £284,260 Several factors can influence how much is awarded, such as the presence and extent of pain, age and life expectancy.
Back injury Severe (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Damage to spinal cord and nerve roots leading to severe consequences. These include a severe disability with pain.
Back injury Moderate (i) £27,760 to £38,780 A large variety of injuries are covered in this bracket including a prolapsed intervertebral disc requiring surgery.
Back injury Moderate (ii) £12,510 to £27,760 Back injuries such as ligament and muscle disturbance which results in backache.
Leg Injury Severe (i) £96,250 to £135,920 Injuries such as fractures that have not united and required extensive bone grafting as a result.
Leg Injury Severe (iii) £39,200 to £54,830 Compound or comminuted fractures of a serious nature.
Shoulder injury Severe £19,200 to £48,030 Damage to the brachial plexus resulting in a disability of a significant nature.
Shoulder injury Serious £12,770 to £19,200 Dislocation of the shoulder resulting in pain and restricted movement.
Wrist Injury Significant £24,500 to £39,170 Some useful movement remains but the injury still results in a disability of a permanent and significant disability.

Types Of Special Damages

Special damages are in place to compensate you for any out-of-pocket expenses incurred due to your injury. It should return you to the financial position you were in prior to the accident and subsequent injuries sustained.

As such, you could claim back the following:

  • Medical expenses.
  • Transport costs.
  • Lost wages.
  • Care costs.
  • Costs of repairing or replacing damaged property. 

Evidence should be provided in order to prove these losses, such as payslips, receipts, travel tickets and invoices.

Contact one of our expert advisors today to learn more about how much compensation you could be awarded after making a successful roofer accident at work claim.

How Do No Win No Fee Workplace Compensation Claims Work?

If you have become injured in a roofer accident at work and are eligible to seek compensation, you may find it beneficial to work with a solicitor from our panel. They can offer several services under a type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement. Typically, under this arrangement, you won’t:

  • Pay any upfront costs for the solicitor’s services.
  • Owe your solicitor any fees for the work they have done on your case if it fails.
  • Pay any ongoing costs for your solicitor’s services while the claim proceeds.

If your case is successful, you will pay your solicitor a small fee from your compensation. This fee is capped under the Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, so you cannot be overcharged.

Contacting An Expert About Your Case

If you have any further questions about claiming for a roofer accident, please do not hesitate to contact our team of expert advisors for 24-hour free legal advice. They can assess whether you are eligible to seek compensation for your injuries. If you meet the necessary eligibility requirements, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.

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