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Roofer Injury & Workers Compensation Lawyer

Roofing accidents create serious financial and liability issues resulting in extensive medical bills and years of rehab recovering from an on-the-job accident. Each year, thousands of workers are injured or killed while working on roofs.

Employers could prevent many injuries and deaths if they followed safety regulations and trained their workers better in safe roofing practices. However, even when all the proper precautions are taken, accidents can still happen.

Were you or a loved one injured in a roofing accident? If so, you need to speak with attorneys at the Law Offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, as soon as possible.

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Our personal injury law firm's extensive experience has helped injured roofers and their families receive the maximum compensation they deserve.

Contact our workers' compensation attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our personal injury law firm concerning the accident remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019, there were over 136 million housing units in the United States, many with roofsneeding maintenance and repair.

The roofing industry employs an estimated 136,000 roofers that build new roofs and repair and replace the roofs on existing homes. In addition, ironworkers work on commercial and residential structures, installing or erecting steel beams.

Roofing and ironworking can be physically demanding, requiring workers to be exposed to fall hazards and severe weather conditions, performing hard labor at elevated heights.

Job Dangers for Roofers

Roofing contractors and their employees generally work with several different types of roof materials. For example, while composition shingles are common in roof construction, there are many other types of roofing materials.

Roofers may install or repair the metal, tile, wood shake, slate, and asphalt roofs. Although the materials may change, all roofing jobs will require a certain amount of lifting, climbing, and bending to get the job done.

Roofing is a construction trade and has all the same hazards. In 2011,construction work fatalities accounted for almost one-fifth of all private industry work-related deaths. Most of these deaths were caused by what is referred to as the construction industry’s “fatal four.” Three of the fatal four are often risks when doing a roofing job.

  • Falls: Fatal injuries from falls are the number one hazard in the construction industry and construction overall. 35% of construction site fatalities involved a roofing accident at a construction site.
  • Electrocution: All construction workers do dangerous work around electricity and power equipment. Every construction worker near power lines attached to homes must avoid electrocution.
  • Burns: Many roofers regularly use tar to secure shingles and open flames to remove the existing material that can spill or cause serious burns.
  • Falling objects: Falling debris and materials is a constant hazard leading to roofing accidents at the job site. Materials and equipment must be brought up to the roof level, and unsecured objects can easily fall and strike those below, leading to traumatic injuries.

In addition to the fatalities, many other serious injuries plague the construction industry.For example, back problems are one of the most common work-related injuries from the strain of lifting and bending that is required when working as roofers.

In addition, many roofers work with nail guns and other power equipment that can cause various serious roofing accidents at the construction site, including punctures,bone fractures, and even amputations.

If you or a family member was injured while working as a roofer, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Contact the workers' compensation attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC for more information and a free review of your legal rights and options.

Roofing Safety

Roofing companies must provide their employees with a safe work environment, just like any other employer. Even though the roofing field can be dangerous, many accidents can be avoided if the proper safety precautions and procedures are used.

Some safety measures include:

  • Reducing fall risks: Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) requires that the property owner, general contractor, and roofing company protect their employees from slip and fall accidents by providing guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems (harnesses), or a combination of warning lines with another system, depending on the roof's slope.
  • Proper equipment: Ensuring ladders and scaffolding is properly maintained and secured is important to safety to avoid roofer injuries in a construction accident. A defective ladder could lead to an injured roofer paralyzed for life, requiring years of medical treatment and assistance.
  • Utilizing safety equipment: Safety equipment is so important when working on a roofing job because it prevents serious injuries if an accident does occur. Many times, when someone falls from a height or is injured around electrical work or power lines, the injuries sustained can be life-changing. However, many of these injuries can be avoided with the proper safety equipment.
  • Safety procedures: General contractors and subcontractors should adhere to all safety equipment standards for construction sites to avoid an accident. Safety devices could include protective gear, ensuring every worker and independent contractor can safely use power tools on dangerous jobs.
  • Roof collapses: Slippery surfaces or old and decaying material on an existing roof structure could be the causes of why a roofer falls. However, in many cases, the collapse is due to substandard building practices in older structures not built to existing code.

Workers and their employers must adhere to all OSHA regulations to maintain a safe work environment. It includes utilizing safety gear, adhering to safety protocols, and maintaining safe equipment. Workers must also be properly trained to use tools safely on dangerous jobs.

How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Were you injured while roofing? If so, you may be entitled to worker's compensation benefits. However, there may be other avenues of recovery available to you as well.

A personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a case and can guide you through the process of filing a claim. If you decide to file a lawsuit, your lawyer will represent your interests in court.

Construction Workers Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim for a Roofing Accident

Under state law, every roofing company and general contractor must provide each employee with workers' comp benefits that cover medical expenses and lost income should they be hurt on the job. In addition, the no-fault compensation system protects workers harmed in a roofing accident.

However, the benefits limit the amount of compensation for medical expenses and lost wages (economic damages) and do not include funds for grief, mental anguish, physical pain, and suffering (non-economic damages).

Common Workers' Compensation Benefits for Roofing Accidents With Serious Injuries

Typically, worker's compensation benefits available to construction workers will provide funds for considerable damages that include:

Our law firm may find additional compensation available to the injured worker through a third-party claim in personal injury cases. Usually, a third-party claim will involve defendants responsible for the construction accident.

Many of these injury cases involve defendants that include:

  • An employer who showed egregious behavior
  • Power tool manufacturer's that sold the defective product
  • A property owner or general contractor who created a dangerous working environment

Contact our law firm today for a free consultation to discuss third-party filing claims against others responsible for the workers' damages.

Contact A Roofer Workers Compensation & Personal Injury Law Firm

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand that families and individuals who are coping with a catastrophic injury face uncertainty and the financial strain a workplace injury can cause.

Our team of Chicago workers compensation attorneys have the available resources to research and investigate if the employer is liable in a personal injury case and the long-term costs of a work injury to an injured employee.

We will fight aggressively to get you and your family the money you deserve to cover your medical costs, lost wages, and possible pain and suffering compensation.

Our initial consultation is free of charge to discuss your legal options, and we accept all cases on a contingency fee basis.

Contact our law office at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free case evaluation. We can discuss filing for worker's compensation benefits or a 1/3-party claim for maximum financial recovery.

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