What Could I Claim If Injured While Working On A Roof?
If you’ve been injured while working on a roof, you could be owed compensation. This article takes you through whether you could make a claim for employer negligence if you’re injured at work, as well as how compensation is calculated in instances such as these.
There is also a section with examples of how you could be injured while working on a roof, as well as one on how you can support a claim with evidence.
Our advisors are also available 24/7 to assist you with your claim. They offer free advice and can connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel. So, if you’ve been injured in an accident at work while working on a roof, reach out to us today.
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If you make a successful roofer accident claim after you are injured while working on a roof, your compensation settlement will be calculated using your own unique circumstances. No two claims are the same, so the figures that we provide in this section are merely a guide.
Compensation settlements can include two types of damages. The primary damage is general damages and will be calculated to account for the pain and suffering you specifically have experienced due to your injuries.
When arriving at a suitable figure for your general damages, the relevant individuals make use of medical evidence to assist them, as well as other resources. One of these other resources is a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).
What’s In The JCG?
Last updated in 2022, the JCG contains various compensation bracket guidelines pertaining to injuries of different natures. The amounts are based on successful court cases. We’ve included some extracts in the table below.
The amounts shown should be used only as a very rough guide. Your own general damages need to be valued with your circumstances in mind.
|Paralysis||Quadriplegia||Various factors are considered here. For example, the claimant may have also sustained brain damage, or they could require full-time care due to physical pain and issues with bodily functions.||£324,600 to £403,990|
|Brain damage||Moderately severe||The disability caused will be very serious, with a substantial dependence on others.||£219,070 to £282,010|
|Chest||Permanent||Injury to the chest that impacts the lung(s) and/or the heart. Function will be impared, and life expectancy reduced.||£65,740 to £100,670|
|Back||Severe||(iii) Disabilities caused by fractured discs, for example, will persist despite surgery taking place.||£38,780 to £69,730|
|Eye||Total loss||Complete loss of sight in one eye||£49,270 to £54,830|
|Arm||Simple||Fracture of the forearm.||£6,610 to £19,200|
|Shoulder||Serious||A fractured humerus leading to restricted shoulder movement.||£12,770 to £19,200|
|Wrist||Less severe||Injuries where these still result in some permanent disability.||£12,590 to £24,500|
Special Damages Examples
The injuries you sustain could have a financial impact on you. If so, you may be eligible to receive a secondary head of claim. This is called special damages. It’s where you could be reimbursed for the losses and expenses caused by your injuries.
Here are some examples of what could be included in your special damages award:
Our advisors can value your claim in its entirety. Get in touch today to find out what you could be owed if you’ve hurt yourself at work.
Your employer owes you a duty of care in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This means that while you are working, your employer must take all reasonable steps to ensure your safety.
When making a claim, you need to be able to prove that you were owed this duty of care at the time of your injury. However, you also need to establish that the duty was breached. This is when your employer does not uphold the duty they owe to you. A breach of a duty of care can occur in various ways. For example, your employer could supply you with a faulty or broken ladder.
A breach also needs to have caused you to sustain an injury. If you are not injured, then you cannot make an accident at work claim.
Make Your Claim Within The Time Limit
You generally have 3 years from the date of your injury to begin the process of claiming. However, this timeframe, as stated in the Limitation Act 1980, does have certain exceptions. It’s possible to begin a claim later than 3 years after your injury was sustained, depending on your circumstances.
Get in touch with our advisors to find out more about the time limits for an injury at work claim.
You could be injured while working on a roof in various ways. In this section, we’ve included some examples. However, the list is not exhaustive.
- Head injuries – Your employer may not have supplied you with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as a harness. If you were to slip or fall while working on a roof without a harness, you could from a great height and suffer a head injury.
- Back injuries – You could fall when getting down from the roof due to the ladder you’ve been supplied with being damaged or unsuitable for the task. Upon landing, you could suffer injuries causing paralysis in some scenarios.
- Broken bones – Due to your employer not risk assessing the roof before work begins, you suffer multiple fractured bones when you start to work on the roof and it collapses.
Other injuries could also occur in these scenarios and others. Get in touch today if you’ve been injured while working on a roof and believe that your employer is at fault for the injuries you have suffered.
If you fell from a roof caused by your employer’s negligence and want to make a personal injury claim, you need evidence to support it. The list below provides some helpful examples of evidence. However, other forms of evidence may be available.
- Visual evidence – Take photos of any hazards that contributed to your injuries and any visible ailments. Additionally, your accident may have been captured by CCTV cameras. If so, you have the right to request the footage if you appear in it.
- Workplace accident book – Your employer needs to record details of the accident that caused you injury.
- Witness contact details – If you have a way of reaching colleagues or other witnesses, your lawyer can contact them at a later date to see if they’d consider submitting a statement regarding what they saw.
- Medical evidence – Your medical records, for example.
If you want to find out more about gathering evidence to help support a claim if you’re injured while working on a roof, get in touch with our advisors today.
If you’ve been injured while working on a roof, making an accident-at-work claim may feel intimidating. However, working with a solicitor can make the process easier. All of the solicitors on our panel work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is a form of a No Win No Fee arrangement.
With a CFA in place, you are not required to pay anything upfront in order to have full access to your solicitor’s legal services. However, a success fee is taken from your compensation if the claim succeeds. This fee takes the form of a legally capped percentage and is not taken if your claim fails.
Contact Us If You’ve Been Injured While Working On A Roof
Reach out to our advisors today for free advice and the answers to your questions. If we think your claim is valid, then we also have the ability to connect you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
We’re available 24/7:
Below, you’ll find some links that will take you to extra reading material you may also find useful and informative.
More from us:
- Accident at work claim FAQs – Answers to some of the questions we’re commonly asked.
- Broken leg at work claims – Our guide on this form of workplace injury claim.
- Shoulder injury at work claims – Another of our articles.
Information from other sources:
- Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims – Government information.
- FAQs regarding working at heights – Information from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
- Litigation friends – More from the Government. Find out about the possibility of appointing someone to claim on behalf of someone unable to do so themselves.
Thank you for reading our guide on claiming if you’ve been injured while working on a roof.