Hurt in a Fall While Working as a Roofer?

roofing accidentsroofing accidents

Roofing is a job that can become very dangerous when contractors and property owners fail to take proper safety precautions. Perhaps most importantly, employers must supply workers with safety harnesses and fall prevention equipment, since roofers work at potentially hazardous heights. Scaffolds, working surfaces and ladders must all be sound and free from defects. Unfortunately, when the proper steps are not taken, the result may be serious and sometimes fatal worker injuries. After a roofing accident, an experienced attorney can help ensure you get the full recovery you deserve. This may include both workers compensation and third party claims.

At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our attorneys have the experience and resources to help people who have suffered falls from heights and other roofing injuries. We can fully investigate your accident to identify all liable parties so that we can pursue maximum compensation for the losses you have suffered. If you need a roofing accident lawyer, then contact us today.

What are Common Roofing Accidents and Injuries?

Without proper safety equipment and adequate training, roofers may be at risk from accidents such as:

  • Falls from heights. The most common type of roofing accident, a fall can result from unstable scaffolding or ladders. Uncovered holes and unmarked hazards may also result in a fall. However, falls from heights can also happen due to the steep angle of the roof, which makes balance difficult. Since workers are prone to slipping, employers must provide fall harnesses and other equipment to prevent fall injuries. Many roofing falls result in injuries and wrongful death because contractors fail to provide adequate equipment.
  • Nail gun and other equipment accidents. Roofers use nail guns, hammer tackers and other specialized equipment. Defects in this machinery or poor training can cause workplace accidents and injuries.
  • Falling objects. Roofers may suffer severe head and brain injuries if other workers or companies drop equipment or debris. Employers should provide hard hats and enforce safety procedures to minimize this risk.
  • Electrocution. Roofers can be at risk from live wires and power lines on a construction site, especially when setting up and moving ladders.

Accidents causing significant injuries to construction workers and roofers frequently result from the negligence of other contractors. Since several companies often work side by side on constructions sites, multiple parties may be liable for your injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death.

Can I Collect Workers Comp and Also File a Lawsuit After a Roofing Accident?

After a roofing accident, you can likely file a workers compensation claim with your employer. However, if a party other than your employer was responsible for the conditions that led to your work injury, you may be eligible to recover benefits in addition to workers comp. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a third party claim against:

  • Equipment manufacturer. If equipment defects caused your injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death, then you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer. Hazardous product defects may affect any kind of equipment, from nail guns to safety prevention harnesses and guardrails.
  • Contractor or construction company. Another worker’s negligence or lack of training may cause a roofing accident. In these cases, you may be able to file a third party claim if he or she works for someone other than your employer. This is also true if another company’s work is faulty or another contractor neglects safety standards, causing your accident.
  • Site owner. Dangerous conditions on the jobsite may be the responsibility of the landowner. For example, if the building owner fails to warn you of a known weak area on a roof, causing an accident, then the owner may be liable for your injuries and damages.

It is not always easy to tell who is liable for construction accidents, especially on large, crowded sites. However, our lawyers frequently work with engineers, accident reconstruction experts and medical specialists who can help us evaluate your accident and the full extent of your injury to maximize your compensation.

Find Out More in a Free Consultation with a Philadelphia Roofing Accident Lawyer

A fall or other accident can cause serious, disabling injuries and wrongful death, placing an enormous emotional and economic strain on you and your family. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a roofing accident at a construction site, we are here to help. Call (866) 569-3400 or contact us online today to speak with a knowledgeable roofing accident lawyer.

We serve clients nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis; you do not pay fees unless we get results for you.