Workplace Roofer Accident Claims Explained

Workplace Roofer Accident Claims

Workplace Roofer Accident Claims Explained

If you are looking for information regarding roofer accident claims, this guide is just what you need. Employers owe their employees a duty of care which will be explored in greater depth later in this guide. The failure to fulfil this responsibility, leading to an employee being injured, constitutes negligence. 

If you have been involved in a scenario like this, you may be able to seek compensation. We will explore how an accident at work could occur and the types of injuries you could suffer in conjunction with how you could prove that you were injured due to employer negligence. 

We will explore how personal injury claims for injuries caused in accidents at work are calculated, looking at what damages can be awarded in successful claims. Also, we explain how No Win No Fee agreements work and how a solicitor from our panel could offer you such an arrangement

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  1. Workplace Roofer Accident Claims Explained
  2. What Are The Risks Of Working On A Roof?
  3. What Evidence Do I Need For A Work Injury Claim?
  4. Settlements For Workplace Roofer Accident Claims
  5. Why Choose Our Panel Of Solicitors For Workplace Injury Claims?
  6. Learn More About Workplace Injury Claims

Workplace Roofer Accident Claims Explained 

The duty of care that employers owe their employees is established by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This outlines the employer’s responsibility to take all reasonably practicable steps to prevent injuries. 

Moreover, The Work at Height Regulations 2005 sets out the duties an employer must carry out when employees are working from a height. This legislation states that employers are expected to take reasonably practicable measures to prevent employees from falling from a height that may lead to an injury in the workplace. 

To build a successful personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that: 

  • You were owed a duty of care by your employer
  • They breached this duty of care 
  • You sustained injuries as a result 

With this in mind, not all injuries suffered in the workplace will lead to a claim. For instance, your employer might have taken all reasonable steps to prevent injuries. Alternatively, you might be responsible for your own injuries. Whereas if you endure a back injury due to inadequate training by your employer, you could be entitled to claim. 

To find out more about when roofer accident claims can be made, please call an advisor from our team. 

Time Limits On Roofer Injury Claims 

The time limit to start roofer accident claims is generally 3 years. As outlined by the Limitation Act 1980, this could begin from the date of the accident or when you associated your injuries with your employer’s negligence. 

There are some scenarios in which this time limitation may not apply. For example, if the injured party is below the age of 18, then under these circumstances, the time limit will start from their 18th birthday. If the claimant lacks the mental capacity to claim for themselves, the time limit is frozen until the point they recover enough capabilities to claim. 

In both of these instances, a litigation friend can claim on their behalf while the minor is under 18 and while the individual has a lack of mental capabilities.  

An advisor from our team can provide you with more details in terms of time limits and litigation friends.

What Are The Risks Of Working On A Roof? 

When working at a height, employees face different kinds of risks and hazards than those working at ground level. Below we shall look at how an accident could happen when working at a height: 

  • If the roof is not risk assessed before work is carried out and the centre of the roof is damaged, it may collapse under the weight of the workers, causing injuries such as a head injury or back or neck injury.
  • The employee is given damaged equipment, such as a frayed harness, which eventually causes the employee to fall from a height causing a broken leg.
  • The weather is wet and windy, yet the workers are still asked to carry out work on the roof. This causes them to slip and fall to the ground causing a severe brain injury.

If you have been injured at work due to employer negligence, our advisors can provide you with information regarding roofer accident claims. 

What Evidence Do I Need For A Work Injury Claim? 

As previously mentioned, proving that you were subject to employer negligence is crucial when making roofer accident claims. One way of doing this is by gathering evidence to support your claim. 

This can be done in the following ways: 

  • Seek medical attention and request a copy of your medical records 
  • Fill out the accident at work book 
  • Video footage capturing what happened
  • Take pictures of the scene and/ or your injuries
  • Acquire witnesses’ contact details 
  • Record any costs and provide proof

An accident at work solicitor can assist you with this process. Please do not hesitate to call our advisors. If they can see that your case has a chance of being awarded compensation, they can connect you with a solicitor from our panel.

Settlements For Workplace Roofer Accident Claims 

The accident at work compensation awarded for successful roofer accident claims may be split into two heads of claim. Firstly, general damages account for any physical or mental harm that is caused by your injuries. 

We have drafted a table that contains compensation brackets taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that legal professionals use to aid them when they value claims. 

However, these amounts are not guaranteed. Due to all personal injury claims being unique, they should only be used as guidance.

Body Part Severity Compensation Bracket Details
Amputation of Arms Loss of Both Arms £240,790 to £300,000 The loss of both arms which reduces the injured person to considerable helplessness.
Leg Amputation (ii) £201,490 to £270,100 Below the knee amputations of both legs.
Back Severe (i) £91,090 to £160,980 Most serious of injuries including to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Back Moderate (ii) £12,510 to £27,760 Commonly encountered injuries, for example disturbance of ligaments and muscles giving rise to backache, soft tissue injuries.
Chest Total removal of one lung and/or serious heart damage £100,670 to £150,110 Severe and prolonged pain and suffering in conjunction with considerable scarring of a permanent nature.
Neck Severe (ii) £65,740 to £130,930 Injuries including considerable fractures or damage to discs in the cervical spine
Neck Moderate (iiI) £7,890 to £13,740 A soft tissue injury where the period of recovery has been longer than expected and increased vulnerability to further trauma persists.
Foot Amputation of One Foot £83,960 to £109,650 Injuries within this bracket will lead to loss of the foot as well as the ankle joint.
Shoulder Severe £19,200 to £48,030 Commonly linked with neck injuries and includes damage to the brachial plexus causing significant disability.
Wrist Less severe £12,590 to £24,500 An injury that causes some level of continuing disability. For example, persisting pain or stiffness.

When Special Damages Could Compensate You 

Secondly, special damages take into account any monetary losses that are sustained as a result of your injuries. This could come in the form of: 

An advisor from our team can provide you with a personalised analysis of how much you might be owed if you contact the team today. 

Why Choose Our Panel Of Solicitors For Workplace Injury Claims? 

An accident at work solicitor from our panel can cover all bases of your claim, which could make it more robust. This could help take much of the stress away from what could be a daunting process if you are claiming alone. 

They could offer to represent you via a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which falls under the No Win No Fee umbrella. Under a CFA, there is generally no payment required for your solicitor’s service upfront or throughout the claims process.

Furthermore, you only have to pay for your solicitor’s services if your claim is successful. Therefore, if your claim is lost, no payment will be required. However, if your claim is successful, your solicitor will take a legally capped success fee from the compensation you are awarded. 

Please reach out to our advisors if you want to see whether you can be represented via a No Win No Fee agreement. 

Contact Our Team 

Our team of advisors can provide you with a free consultation with zero obligation to claim via the solicitors from our panel. Please call an advisor from our team to find out whether you have a valid accident at work claim. You can do so by: 

Learn More About Workplace Injury Claims 

Here are some more of our own guides that may be of use to you: 

We have also included additional guides that could benefit you when seeking compensation for an accident at work: 

Thank you for reading this guide on roofer accident claims. If you have any remaining questions, please speak with an advisor from our team.