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Roofer Accidents

Roofing work carries with it a relatively high risk of injury, and when injuries do occur, they are often quite severe.  To some extent, this risk of injury is inherent to roofing work, as the height at which roofing work is conducted — and the presence of uneven ground — can lead to catastrophic falling accidents.

Thousands of fatal and severe roofing accidents occur every year.  Perhaps more concerning, some neurological and degenerative conditions are not recognized until many years after the roofing accident.  These injuries may not only affect your quality of life as it relates to daily tasks and recreational activities, but could also affect your ability to work effectively as a physical laborer.  Damages are likely to be substantial.

Injuries include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Bone fractures
  • Burn injuries (due to hot asphalt and chemical exposure)
  • Paralysis
  • Limb weakness
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Movement disorders
  • Degenerative spinal disorders
  • Severe infection
  • Psychological trauma

Employers have an obligation to their workers to ensure that the work environment is reasonably safe given the circumstances, and that workers are provided with the necessary equipment and training to protect themselves from the hazards of the job at-hand.

If you are a roofer (or have otherwise been involved in construction, maintenance, or teardown work on a roof) and have been injured as a consequence of such work, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, or to recover damages pursuant to Florida law.  Contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs to speak with a skilled Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney today.

Common Causes of Roofing Accidents

There are many different ways by which the negligence of your employer may have directly led to your roofing accident injuries.  These negligent causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Failure to follow workplace guidelines put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other organizations
  • Failure to provide roofers with adequate safety equipment, such as helmets, safety vests, stable working platforms, and safety lines
  • Failure to provide roofers and support personnel with adequate training to minimize the risk of injury when engaged in roofing work
  • Failure to provide a reasonably safe working environment — for example, by allowing the rooftop work environment to have trip and fall hazards
  • Failure to schedule workers appropriately to avoid the risk of having roofing workers on-premises who are too tired to perform the job safely — a study by the Center for Disease Control revealed that worker overexertion was a leading cause of roofing injuries

Fort Lauderdale employers (and all other employers) must be held accountable for injuries that could have prevented, had they exercise reasonable care.  OSHA regulations, among others, require that employers meet specific safety duties, including the provision of fall protection gear, eye and face protection, head protection, safe scaffolding, safe ladders, and more.

Contact the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs Today for a Free Consultation

If you have been injured due to a workplace roofing accident, Florida law may entitle you to receive workers’ compensation benefits (if you receive adequate benefits, then you may not sue the employer directly, except in limited circumstances).  Alternatively, you may be able to sue a third-party whose negligence contributed significantly to your injuries.  In order to succeed in recovering the maximum compensation for which you are entitled, however, it’s important to work with an experienced roofer accident attorney.

Attorney David I. Fuchs has three decades of experience litigating workplace accident and roofing accident cases, with a long track record of success.  When you work with Mr. Fuchs, rest assured that you will be provided high-quality, communicative legal representation.

Call in today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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