Roofer Injury Compensation Claims
If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an accident at work, we can help.
If your injuries were caused by your employer or a co-worker, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor
You can make a work accident compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses. By law, your employer will have insurance to cover the cost of injury claims, and your compensation will be paid out of this policy.
We can help you make a work accident claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
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The Work at Height Regulations 2005 sets out detailed information on how to safely carry out roofing work for those building, maintaining, cleaning, demolishing and inspecting roofs.
Health and Safety
Before work commences each project should be risk assessed by the employer, as the nature of the precautions needed may vary from one job to another. An employer must require staff to adhere to suitable safety standards is essential even if the work only involves a brief inspection or minor adjustment to a television aerial.
Inadequate health and safety measures are likely to be strong evidence of an employers' negligence.
Appropriate equipment should be provided at all times. This may include scaffolding, edge guards and safety nets. Some tasks may be carried out more safely by using a crane or cherry picker to gain access to the roof.
In addition to falls from the edges of roofs, accidents also occur where workers fall through gaps and holes in a roof, or through fragile roofs and skylights, and the risks apply to both flat and pitched roofs. Suitable scaffolding and other equipment should be used to protect roofers against these risks.
Keeping the site tidy
Debris and other material should be removed from a roof through enclosed chutes or by lowering to the ground in containers. It should not be allowed to accumulate into piles which could fall, create trip hazards or put pressure on the roof, increasing the risk of a collapse.
Covered walkways or debris netting will also protect other workers from injury from any falling objects.
Workers should be trained in the use of all equipment and processes they will be expected to use and adhere to. This includes the installation and use of safety equipment, and how to safely handle materials.
By law, employers cannot rely on staff ‘pick up safety on the job' and inexperienced workers must be under a suitable level of supervision of someone who has the necessary competency.
The appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should always be provided and should be worn by the worker. This would usually include hard hats and safety boots for general work, also safety glasses to protect the eyes from dust and other particles. Safety gloves may be necessary to protect workers using equipment such as blow torches or hot materials - bitumen for example - from burns and scalds.
Lifting and handling
Injuries may be sustained by roofers who need to carry heavy tools, equipment and supplies. Working in awkward spaces may make lifting and handling techniques difficult, so risks should be assessed and safe handling practices established.
Your employer's 'duty of care'
All employers have a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees.
By following the procedures set out by the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. an employer should ensure that the risk of his employees being injured is minimised.
Where the risks have not been properly assessed and identified and the necessary equipment, appropriate precautions and systems of work provided and correctly implemented, accidents may occur and the employer may be found negligent as a result.
Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 came into force on 6 April 2022.
This legislation means that employers have an obligation to provide free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to all workers, including workers who are self-employed or on a zero-hours contract.
Under the previous 1992 regulations, employers were only required to provide PPE to employees with a formal employment contract.
If you are injured at work and your employer failed to provide you with suitable PPE, you may be entitled to claim compensation - even if you are self-employed.
Roofing contractor claims
Claiming for compensation as a roofing building site contractor can be more complicated in some respects, but the company or other party responsible for managing safety on a site is held to many of the same standards as an employer and it is often still possible to claim compensation.
If you were injured as a self-employed worker or contractor, contact our team on 0800 376 1001 for more information.
Do I have an injury claim?
It should be possible to make an injury claim if you were injured:
- in the last 3 years and;
- someone else was to blame.
Even if these two points don't apply to you, you may still be able to make a claim.
To find out for sure, speak to a legally trained adviser on 0800 376 1001.
A brief phone consultation will tell you exactly where you stand. There is no obligation to start a claim.
Will I have to go to court?
Highly unlikely. Solicitors settle the vast majority of claims out of court.
Less than 5% of personal injury claims go to court. Generally, only very complex cases, or those where liability cannot be resolved, end up in court.
Cases that do ultimately go to court are decided by a judge or magistrate, not a jury.
Even if the claim does go to court, it is very unlikely you will have to attend.
Can I still claim if I didn't report the roofer injury?
If you did not report the accident it can make it more difficult to pursue a roofer injury claim, but a claim may still be possible. This will depend on the circumstances of your case and on the other evidence available.
What if I want to make a multi-party or group claim?
A multi-party claim (sometimes referred to as a 'group claim' or a 'class action') brought by a group of people who have sustained the same or similar injuries due to the negligence of the same defendant. How you start a multi-party claim will depend on the circumstances and we recommend you speak to a solicitor for more information.
No win, no fee, no risk
Under a no win, no fee agreement (known as a 'Conditional Fee Agreement' or 'CFA') you can make an injury claim without having to worry about upfront legal fees. If your injury claim is unsuccessful you won't have to pay any money to your solicitor.
No win, no fee - our guarantee
Our no win, no fee guarantee means there is no financial risk in making an injury claim, even if you don't win your claim. Read more about making a No win, no fee claim
What do I pay if I win my injury claim?
Your injury solicitor will receive a success fee which is deducted from your compensation, after your compensation is awarded. The solicitor's success fee can be up to 25%. Your solicitor will agree a success fee with you before you start your claim.
What do I pay if I do not win my injury claim?
If your injury claim is not successful then you won't have to pay your solicitor any fees. Your solicitor may take out insurance to ensure there will be nothing to pay.
Is there a catch?
The Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) sets out the terms between you and your solicitor., No Win No Fee is a regulated activity and as such there should be no nasty surprises in the agreement. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you read the agreement carefully and ask any questions if you are unsure.
What is Legal Aid available for?
In 2000, the government abolished the right to legal aid in personal injury law cases. Depending on an individual's circumstances, Legal Aid may be available for discrimination cases, criminal cases, family mediation and court or tribunal representation.
How we can help you
Your solicitor will fight for the best possible compensation settlement for you, and the highly-experienced panel of solicitors have an excellent track record of winning work accident claims.
If you have any questions, or would like to start a No Win No Fee claim, we are open:
- 8am to 9pm weekdays
- 9am to 6pm on Saturday
- 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday
Call us for FREE advice on 0800 376 1001, or arrange a call back from a friendly, legally-trained advisor:
- Find out
if you can claim
- No obligation
to start a claim
Can I claim for someone else?
Yes. In certain circumstances, it is possible to claim compensation on behalf of another person in the capacity of a 'litigation friend'.
If an injured person is either too young or vulnerable, too injured or otherwise unable to claim on their own behalf, their litigation friend can handle the claim process on behalf of the injured person.
The litigation friend will be responsible for communicating with the solicitors, and for making decisions in respect of the claim.
Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?
Yes. You may still be able to claim compensation even if your actions may have contributed to the accident.
However, if you were partly to blame (known as contributory negligence), your compensation may be reduced and it may be more difficult to prove liability.
How long do I have to make an injury claim?
In general, you have a time limit of up to 3 years from the date of the injury to make an injury claim.
The last date you can make a claim is known as the claim limitation date - after which your injury claim becomes 'statute barred'.
Can I claim for an injury after 3 years?
Possibly. The general rule for adults is that a claim must be started within three years.
However, the three-year countdown starts on the day you learned of your injury or illness. This will usually be the date of the accident, but could be the date your doctor gave you a diagnosis.
There other circumstances that can also impact the limitation date. Call us now on 0800 376 1001 to find out if you are still able to claim injury compensation.
In reality, there are a number of factors that can affect whether an injury claim will be taken on by a solicitor.
Will I have to visit a solicitor's office to start a claim?
No. You will not need visit a solicitor's office. Personal injury claims are handled by email, post and phone.
Should you need to have a medical, this will be arranged at a medical centre near you or at your GP's surgery.
I need the money now - what are my options?
If you are unable to work and have bills to pay, you may be able to claim an interim compensation payment.
An interim payment is an advance on your compensation payment. Any amount you receive in interim payments would be deducted from your final compensation payment.