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Roof Fall Accidents

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous sectors for workers, due to the large number of tools and heavy machinery used in this sector. Falls from roofs are often one of the most common accidents and, without proper safety equipment, injuries can be very serious.

According to official data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, known by the acronym BLS, 2017 saw the highest number of workers killed by roof falls on a construction site, totaling 887 nationwide.

In addition, statistics indicate that when a construction worker suffers injuries from roof falls, 81% of the time they may be injured so severely that they could result in death.

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If you are a victim of roof fall injuries, make sure you receive all the medical care you need, as each of these expenses will be covered by the workers’ compensation you are entitled by law to receive as a victim.

Contact our Legal Connection team at 1800 201 1220 and receive free legal advice so that your case does not go unpunished, and you can be sure to receive every benefit you deserve.

What are the most common roof fall injuries?

Injuries from roof falls are often severe, depending on the height from which the victim falls. These can usually cause serious harm to the worker, so it is important that he or she receive specialized care in the shortest possible time.

Some of the injuries that can result from roof fall accidents include the following:

  •         Spinal cord injuries.
  •         General fractures.
  •         Cerebral contusions.
  •         Cuts and open wounds.

Each of these injuries are usually the most frequent in falls from roofs, which, depending on the height, can be very serious, to the point of putting the worker’s life at risk.

Possible causes of roof fall accidents

There are many factors that can influence a worker to fall from the roof of a structure, but they usually occur when there is no adequate safety system at the edges of the structure to prevent workers from falling.

Among the most common causes of roof fall accidents are the following:

  •         Low quality construction materials.
  •         Inadequate supports in the structure.
  •         Dangerous weather conditions.
  •         Lack of personal safety equipment on the worker.
  •         Lack of defense and safety systems to prevent falls in the structure.
  •         Errors in the supervision of workers.

Each of these factors can lead to tragic accidents, in which a worker can be seriously injured or killed. It is important that, before starting any work on the roofs of a structure, the safety systems are well supervised to prevent falls..

What benefits can I receive as a roof fall victim?

Like most construction accidents, roof falls are also addressed in the Workers’ Compensation Act, or Workers Compensation, which can provide compensation to the victim for each of the injuries he or she has suffered.

A roof fall compensation can help you cover expenses such as:

  •         Health care bills.
  •         Prescription drugs.
  •         X-ray studies.
  •         Ambulance transfers.
  •         Rehabilitation therapies.
  •         Wages lost.
  •         Temporary or permanent disability payments.
  •         Pain and suffering.

In addition, in the event that the worker’s injuries are so severe that they cause death, this compensation may be claimed by the victim’s immediate family members, for which it is essential to have the advice of a good construction accident lawyer.

What should I do if I suffer from falling roofs?

In order for you to be sure that you receive every benefit you deserve as a victim, it is important to make sure that you follow the proper process after suffering this type of accident.

  •         First of all, it is important to remember that your health is paramount. If it is within your means seek urgent medical attention. If your injuries prevent you from doing it on your own, ask a co-worker to do it for you.
  •         Notify your boss about the accident. Many workers often avoid notifying the boss for fear of retaliation. It is important that the employer is aware of the fact, since he or she will be in charge of notifying the insurer to initiate the process of delivering the corresponding workers’ compensation. In addition, it is illegal for the employer to retaliate against an injured worker.
  •         Take as much evidence of the event as possible. You can use photographs, videos, witness testimonies, and even the medical studies you received after the accident.
  •         Contact our Conexión Legal team through 1800 201 1220 to receive the free advice you need.

Remember that having the defense of an accident attorney will ensure you access to each of the benefits you deserve according to the characteristics of the accident, so you can recover from your injuries with total peace of mind and without worries.

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