Have you been injured in a roof work accident? Are you wondering whether you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim for the harm that has been caused? Throughout this guide, we look a the eligibility criteria, what types of compensation can be awarded and what evidence you can use to support your case. Employers owe their employees a duty of care to protect their health and welfare while they are at work. Should an employer breach their duty of care, causing you, their employee, to be injured this constitutes negligence for which a personal injury claim can be made?
We will explore the eligibility criteria surrounding accident at work claims. Including key areas, such as how long you have to begin the process as well as how a No Win No Fee solicitor could assist you.
You can also speak with an advisor from our team who will provide a free case assessment for you.
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Employers need to fulfil the duty of care that they owe their employees. This is outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. This central piece of legislation states that employers must take reasonable steps to ensure that employees are not avoidable harmed.
Therefore, you may be able to make a roof work accident claim if you have suffered an injury due to your employer’s negligence.
If you have been injured as a result of employer negligence, you may be able to claim. Please speak with our advisors for more details.
There are many ways in which a roof work accident could occur, with the severity of the incident likely having an impact on the type of injuries sustained. Here are some examples of the ways in which you could be injured due to employer negligence and the injuries that could follow:
- Your employer may not have carried out a risk assessment before starting work and failed to notice a missing safety railing. Consequently, you fall off the roof and endure a disabling head injury.
- Your employer does not provide you with the required heavy manual lifting training when starting the job. As a result, you suffer a back injury when lifting heavy objects.
- Due to scaffolding not being erected properly, you trip and fall through it. Subsequently, you sustain a disabling leg injury.
If you have been injured because your employer breached their duty of care, please get in touch with an advisor from our team.
Injury At Work Claim Time Limit
In most cases, you have 3 years to start the roof work accident claims process as outlined by the Limitation Act 1980. This time limit can begin on the date of the accident. There are some scenarios in which this time limit may not apply.
For instance, if the injured party was under the age of 18 when the accident occurred they cannot pursue their own claim as they are classed as a minor. The time limit begins for them when they turn 18. In the meantime, a litigation friend can make the claim for them on their behalf.
For those who lack the mental capacity to pursue their own claim, the time limit is frozen. Again while this time limit is suspended, a litigation friend can make a claim on your behalf. If enough mental capacity is regained for you to begin your own claim, the time limit will start from the date of recovery.
If you would like more details regarding litigation friends, please seek advice from our team.
Gathering evidence to support your claim is one of the most effective ways of proving that you have been injured due to negligence. There are a lot of ways this can be done, for instance:
- Filling out the accident at work book
- Acquire CCTV footage of the incident if any
- Take pictures of the scene of the incident or your injuries
- Keep a diary of your symptoms and their effects on you
- Gather witnesses’ contact details for statements to be taken at a later date
A solicitor from our panel can help you gather evidence. Please get in touch with an advisor from our team to discuss this further.
The personal injury compensation for a successful roof work accident claim may be split into two heads of claim. You may be owed general damages compensation for any pain and suffering caused by your injuries. This takes into account both physical and mental injuries.
We have included a table of compensation brackets that have been taken from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG is a document used by legal professionals, such as accident at work solicitors, when valuing claims.
However, these figures should only be used as a rough guideline. This is because every personal injury claim is unique. Therefore, your settlement might differ.
|Injury||Severity||JC Guidelines Figures||Notes|
|Head||Moderately severe||£219,070 to £282,010||Severe disabilities sustained where the injured person is substantially dependent on others.|
|Leg||Amputation (ii)||£201,490 to £270,100||Below the knee amputations of both legs.|
|Back||Severe (ii)||£74,160 to £88,430||Associated loss of sensation caused by nerve root damage.|
|Back||Moderate (ii)||£12,510 to £27,760||Exacerbation of a pre-existing back condition, by about five years|
|Hand||Loss of hand||£96,160 to £109,650||The complete or effective loss of one hand.|
|Foot||Very Severe||£83,960 to £109,650||Injuries within this bracket will lead to continuing and severe pain or really severe permanent injury.|
|Hand||Serious||£55,820 to £84,570||An injury that causes cosmetic disability and considerable loss of functionality.|
|Arm||Less Severe Injury||£19,200 to £39,170||Though significant injuries were suffered a good amount of recovery is expected.|
|Toe||Amputation||In the region of £31,310||The amputation of the big toe.|
Special Damages In Personal Injury Claims
Moreover, you may be awarded special damages compensation. This seeks to compensate you for financial losses that you sustained as a result of your injuries caused by your roof work accident. This could include:
- Loss of earnings
- Care costs
- Medical expenses
- Home adaptations
If you would like a more personalised insight as to how much compensation you could be awarded, please speak with an advisor from our team.
Being represented by a solicitor can take away much of the stress from what could be a daunting process. The solicitors from our panel may represent you via a No Win No Fee agreement. This means you do not have to pay for the services provided by your solicitor upfront or throughout the claims process.
Moreover, they could ask you to enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which means you don’t have to pay for any of the services that your solicitor provides if your case is not successful.
However, if your case is successful, you will be required to pay a success fee. This is deducted from your compensation but capped by law, ensuring you receive the majority of your settlement.
If you would like to find out whether you qualify to be represented on a No Win No Fee basis, please speak with our advisors.
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As previously stated, an advisor from our team can assess whether you have a valid roof work accident claim around the clock. If you do, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel who can use their years of experience to cover all bases of your roof work accident claim.
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Here are some more of our own guides that you may find useful:
- I hurt myself at work – how do I claim compensation?
- Can you be fired for a work-related accident?
- Could I make a workplace injury claim if I am not an employee?
We have also included further reading that may be of benefit if you are claiming for a roofing work accident:
- NHS – When to call 999
- Health and Safety Executive – Employer’s responsibilities
- GOV – Request CCTV footage yourself
Thank you for reading this guide on how to claim for a roof work accident. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our advisors if you have any queries.