If you or a loved one has been injured in a roofing accident, you need an experienced attorney by your side to help you through the difficult legal system ahead. New York Labor Law 240(1) protects those working on a roof who suffer a fall due to a failure to have proper protection. Contractors, employers and commercial owners are responsible to provide roofers with fall protection equipment.
A roofer injured in a fall from the roof, a roof collapse, fall from a ladder, scaffold is entitled to seek Workers’ Compensation, and also may have the right to commence a separate claim or law suit for money damages for personal injuries, including pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
Labor Law 240(1) and Falls from Roofs
Labor Law 240(1) requires contractors, construction site and building owners to provide fall protection for their workers. This includes safe ladders, scaffolding, harnesses, safety lines, and other devices to keep a worker safe, and to prevent the worker from falling. Should this equipment not be available or fail, even if the worker was found to be partially at fault for the accident, the contractor or owner may be found 100% responsible.
Common Roofing Fall Injuries
Should a fall occur while working on a roof, the potential for injuries is quite severe. Sometimes the roofer may suffer only a minor injury from which they can recover in a few days. Other times, though, the potential injuries are life-changing. These potential injuries include:
- Permanent Brain Damage
- Spinal Cord Damage, Causing Paralysis
- Broken Neck or Back
- Broken Bones In The Limbs Or The Chest
- Significant Lacerations Resulting In Scarring
- Significant Loss Of Blood
- Amputation of Fingers or Limbs
- Internal Organ Damage
- Psychological Injuries, Including PTSD
- Emotional Trauma
Seeking Damages After a Roof Accident:
Some of the items for which you can recover damages after a roofing accident include:
- Money Damages For Past Pain and Suffering Caused By Injuries
- Money Damages For Future Pain and Suffering Caused By Injuries
- Lost Union Benefits
- Costs for Medical Care Now And In The Future
- Costs for Medication
- Costs for Therapy Equipment
- Recovery of Past Lost Wages
- Recovery for Future Wages Lost
- Compensation For Psychological Consequences of Trauma
There are other items for which you may be eligible to receive compensation.
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