Roofing Accident Lawyers in Jacksonville
While most construction sites are safe, construction is still a dangerous industry and all types of accidents can happen. Roofing is particularly dangerous: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of death in construction. A fall from a roof can also result in severe injuries that can change the lives of victims and their families.
If you had a roofing accident due to an unsafe job site or working conditions, faulty equipment, or someone’s negligence or carelessness, the roofing accident lawyers at Harrell & Harrell are ready to help protect your rights.
Types of roofing accident injuries.
A 2016 article from the National Institutes of Health states that ‘falls from height consistently have the highest rates among construction accidents compared with other types of accidents and when compared to other industries’ accidents.” These accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, many of them fatal or life-altering. Examples include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal and back injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Brain injuries and head trauma
- Loss of limbs
- Lacerations, cuts, and sprains
Common causes of roofing accidents.
Structural and/or ladder collapse: Roofs may cave in, improperly assembled scaffolding can collapse, and ladders that are improperly positioned or not maintained can give way.
Lack of safety equipment: Some employers fail to provide adequate safety equipment. Such equipment, such as harnesses, may also be improperly used or not made available to workers. Safety barriers may also be missing in areas where they are needed.
Improper use of tools: Roofers use a number of potentially dangerous tools, such as drills and nail guns. When used improperly due to a lack of training or other oversight, a fall from the roof can be the result.
Electrocution: Metal ladders or tools can come into contact with live power lines, causing workers to be electrocuted and fall from roofs.
Insufficient lighting: Some construction sites operate 24 hours a day. Falls from high surfaces may be due to poor lighting during nighttime hours.
Insufficient training: Workers whose employers have failed to provide training on safety procedures and the proper use of equipment may be injured in a fall.
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Do you need a roofing accident attorney?
When you’ve been injured in an accident on the job, the first step is to seek medical attention. You should then notify your employer of your injury immediately, as well as your workers’ compensation insurance carrier. If you are denied benefits, the guidance of an experienced roofing accident attorney is essential to ensure you receive the full compensation you deserve. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., our workers’ compensation experts can:
- Help you understand your rights and the full extent of your losses
- Determine whether you are entitled to recover damages beyond your workers’ compensation benefits
- Negotiate on your behalf for compensation, and take your case to trial if needed
Find out if you have a case.
Construction workers have the right to a safe workplace, and workers’ compensation laws in Florida entitle you to seek compensation benefits that allow you to recover the costs of medically necessary remedial treatments, medical devices ordered by your workers’ compensation physician, and more. Another type of benefit allows for payment related to disability. Compensation for your pain and suffering or other personal damages, however, is not included.
If you have been hurt on the job or your workers’ compensation claim has been denied, the roofing accident attorneys and workers’ comp experts at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., will provide a free, no-obligation consultation to determine if you have a case. Please complete the form above or contact us any time at 904-251-1111 or 800-251-1111 to schedule an appointment.