Richmond Roofing Work Injury Lawyer for Roofing Accidents Across Virginia
Falls from roofs are among the most common construction accidents in Virginia. And the most deadly. Unfortunately a fall from a roof often leads to catastrophic injuries and even death.
Many workplace falls from roofs are caused by improper training and faulty equipment. Employers must provide a safe working environment to all employees at all times.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a roofing fall, contact a Virginia workers compensation attorney today. Workers compensation may pay your medical expenses and provide wage loss benefits for time you miss from work. You may even receive a top-dollar workers compensation settlement.
Roofing Falls – One of the Most Dangerous Construction Accidents in America
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that close to 100 employees are killed in roofing falls every year. Most of these employees work in construction. Another 150,000 people require emergency medical care each year due to roofing accidents.
Roofing Accident Causes
Many roofing accidents are preventable. Common causes of roof falls include:
- Windy conditions
- Wet conditions
- Snow and ice
- Inadequate training
- Carelessness by the employee or employer
- Defective products
- Flimsy materials
- Electrical shock
- Collapsing ladders or scaffolds
Sometimes the cause is obvious but other times a thorough investigation is needed to determine the cause of the accident.
Who is at Fault for the Roofing Accident?
Many employers are quick to blame the injured worker for the roofing accident. But this isn’t always the cause. An investigation may reveal that the employees violated OSHA standards by not using a safety monitor or not marking the edge of the roof. Further the worker may not have been tied off improperly or the safety harness may have failed. The employer is responsible for making sure that all equipment works and that the area is inspected regularly. If a third party is responsible for your fall then you may have a viable personal injury case.
Regardless of the cause, injured employees are usually entitled to workers compensation benefits so long as their willful misconduct or violation of a safety rule did not cause the accident.
Common Roofing Accident Injuries in Virginia
Roofing accidents often cause the following injuries:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Torn ligaments
Corey Pollard – Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney for Roofing Falls
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, Corey Pollard can help. Construction employees and roofers are workers we represent throughout Virginia – and regularly get results for. You may be entitled to workers compensation as well as additional damages for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and permanent restrictions. If your injury prevents you from returning to work you may also be entitled to Social Security Disability.
Have a question about your roofing accident or your employer’s negligence? Call or e-mail us today for a free consultation.