How Do I Claim If Injured When Working On A Roof?

Have you been injured when working on a roof? If so, you may be wondering if you are owed compensation. This article includes information on eligibility for a work-related accident claim, sections on the kinds of accidents that could occur, and instructions on how to support a claim with evidence.

We’ve also taken you through the process of how compensation is calculated for a successful personal injury claim for being injured when working on a roof. You’ll also be able to read about the benefits of claiming with the assistance of one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

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A Guide To Making An Accident At Work Claim If Injured When Working On A Roof

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  1. Accident At Work Claims If Injured When Working On A Roof
  2. What Accidents Could I Have Working On A Roof?
  3. What Evidence Should I Collect?
  4. Estimated Payouts If Injured When Working On A Roof
  5. Could A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help You Claim For Workplace Accidents?
  6. Discover More About Claiming For Workplace Accidents

Accident At Work Claims If Injured When Working On A Roof

Your employer owes all their employees a duty of care when they are at work, as stated in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This means that they are required to take all reasonable steps to prevent their employees from sustaining an injury in the workplace.

To uphold this duty of care, employers could:

  • Regularly risk assess work duties and environments
  • Provide the correct training to employees so they can do their job safely
  • Provide the necessary personal protective equipment
  • Maintain the work environment as well as work equipment and vehicles.

To have an eligible personal injury claim after being injured when working on a roof, you would need to meet the following criteria:

  • At the time of the accident, your employer owed you a duty of care
  • This duty was breached through action or inaction
  • And as a result, you were involved in an accident that caused you harm.

If your claim meets all of the criteria mentioned in this section, then you could have a valid employer negligence claim.

Time Limits To Make Your Claim

Generally, for a personal injury claim, you have 3 years from the date of the incident to begin the claim. You must begin legal proceedings before this limitation period expires, as stated in the Limitation Act 1980. However, you may still be able to begin a claim later than 3 years after the injury, depending on your circumstances.

The Act contains some exceptions to the accident at work claim time limit. Get in touch today to find out more.

What Accidents Could I Have Working On A Roof?

This section contains some example scenarios where you could be injured when working on a roof, as well as some injuries that could arise as a result.

We’ve compiled these illustrative scenarios in the list below. However, it’s important to bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive.

  • Falls from a height – Working on a roof in the rain presents an increased risk of slipping and falling. If your employer has forced you to work in unsafe weather conditions, this is a breach of their duty of care. A fall from a height could cause broken bones, paralysis, and even death if the injuries are extreme enough.
  • Head injuries It’s your employer’s responsibility to supply you with the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for you to perform your job safely. If you are working at a height, your employer may need to provide you with a harness; if they fail to do so and you fall, you could suffer very serious multiple injuries.
  • Risk Assessments – When working at a height, it is vital that your employer carries out a risk assessment. Failure to do so could see an employee fall through an unstable roof, causing a brain injury.

To find out if you could claim compensation for the injuries you’ve sustained in an accident at work, speak with our advisors today.

What Evidence Should I Collect?

You need evidence to support an accident at work claim for being injured when working on a roof. We’ve provided you with some examples of evidence that may be available to you. However, we understand that circumstances can differ. These are just general examples that you may find helpful.

  • Video evidence – CCTV cameras may have captured how you were injured. If so, you can request the footage if you appear in it.
  • Photographs – It can be helpful to take pictures not only of visible injuries but also of the hazards that caused them.
  • Medical evidence – You can acquire your medical records, as well as a discharge letter from the hospital following your treatment.
  • Witness contact details – Colleagues or passersby may have seen how you were injured. Collecting their contact details can allow them to be contacted for a statement at a later date.

There are other forms of evidence, too. Contact us today to find out how else you could support a claim if you’ve been injured when working on a roof.

Estimated Payouts If Injured When Working On A Roof

If your personal injury claim for being Injured when working on a roof is successful, then you will be awarded general damages for your physical and psychological injuries. Legal professionals involved with your case are responsible for calculating an appropriate amount.

When they are doing so, they often make use of resources such as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a publication comprised of guideline compensation brackets relating to general damages.

Compensation Table 

The figures in the table below have been taken from the JCG. Use them only as a rough guide. The value of your own compensation will differ depending on factors such as the severity and nature of your injury.

We have added the table’s top figure to illustrate how much certain claims can be worth. The amount does not feature in the JCG.

Injury Severity Notes Compensation Bracket
Severe multiple Injurie that have had a significant effect on finances. Severe Several severe injuries plus costs such as home adaptations and loss in future earnings. Up to £1,000,000+
Paralysis Quadriplegia (a) Cases such as these can often involve brain damage of a significant nature. Factors such as the injured party’s awareness and level of pain are also considered. £324,600 to £403,990
Back Severe (a) (i) Injuries in this bracket are unusually severe. For example, there will be severe damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots. £91,090 to £160,980
Arm Severe (a) Where the injury just about falls short of requiring amputation. £96,160 to £130,930
Wrist Loss of function (a) For instance, where there has been an arthrodesis performed. £47,620 to £59,860
Neck Severe (iii) Ruptured tendons, fractures/dislocations or damage to soft tissue. Disability caused is permanent. £45,470 to £55,990
Fingers Severe (f) When several fingers are fractured, leading to impaired grip and other symptoms. Up to £36,740
Shoulder Serious (b) When the shoulder is dislocated. Damage is caused to the lower brachial plexus. This leads to pain in the neck and shoulder, along with sensory issues in other parts of the body. £12,770 to £19,200
Feet Moderate Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity. £13,740 to £24,990
Feet Modest Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds, and the like. Up to £13,740

Examples Of Special Damages If You’re Injured When Working On A Roof

Injuries sustained due to working at heights can have an impact on your finances. If so, you may be eligible to receive special damages. This is a second head of claim where you could be reimbursed for the losses and costs caused by your injuries. You’ll need evidence, such as payslips and receipts, to support this area of your settlement.

Special damages can include:

There are other examples too. For our advisors to fully value your claim, get in touch today.

Could A No Win No Fee Solicitor Help You Claim For Workplace Accidents?

If you choose to have one of our solicitors assist you with your claim, they will offer to work with you via a No Win No Fee agreement. The type of contract that they work under is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). When you have a CFA in place with your solicitor, you have access to their legal services without needing to pay an upfront fee.

If your claim is successful, then a success fee is taken from your compensation. A success fee takes the form of a legally capped percentage. It isn’t taken should your claim fail.

Speak To A Claims Specialist

You can get in touch with our advisors on a 24/7 basis. They will answer your questions regarding a potential claim if you’ve been injured when working on a roof. It’s free to speak to us, and we could also connect you with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors if we deem your claim to be valid.

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