As a roofing contractor you are more than likely self-employed, which can lead to questions if you need to pursue a roofing contractor accident claim. The big question is, ‘who is to be held accountable for a personal injury claim if there is an accident that does not seem to be the fault of you as the contractor?’ It has to be accepted that you are working in a job that can be potentially dangerous and the risks do not just come from falling from height.
As a self-employed contractor you may need to seek advice on ascertaining who is to blame for the accident in order to make a successful claim for compensation. For in-depth information and free legal advice Accident Advice Helpline operates a 24-hour helpline, which gives you access to a team of advisers who are on hand to answer any queries you may have.
It will almost certainly be necessary for you to work on sites alongside other tradesmen and the actions of scaffolders, builders, plumbers, electricians and the various other trades must be checked out to ascertain if they were to blame for the circumstances surrounding the accident. It could be that scaffolding was defective, the structure itself was not safe or that poor workmanship resulted in weakened walls for example. Speaking to our specialist law team should help you identify who was to blame for the accident.
If you are employed by a contracting company the circumstances are somewhat different. All safety equipment must be checked and maintained to high standard and it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that all these precautions are taken. If you have received insufficient training or have been provided with faulty safety equipment or tools then the company may be held responsible for causing the accident and is likely to be prosecuted for non-compliance with health and safety legislation.
Making a roofing contractor accident claim will not incur vast financial strain on the company that employs you, as it must, by law, have insurance to cover accidental injury of employees. Small contracting companies will generally only have a handful of employees and due care and adherence to health and safety guidelines is of utmost importance in order to keep their workers safe.
Accident Advice Helpline employs a nationwide team of expert lawyers, one of whom will be allocated to assist you in identifying who was to blame for the injuries you have suffered and begin the process of preparing your claim. There are also other reasons why you may need our advice; for example to discuss the possibility of arranging counselling or to enquire about claiming for loss of earnings. Taking long periods of time off work can have considerable financial repercussions and advice may be needed as to how you will cope.
In order to find out how much compensation you can expect to receive from your personal injury claim, Accident Advice Helpline’s website includes an easy to complete 30-second questionnaire.
Date Published: July 5, 2014
Author: David Brown