West Virginia Roof Fall Injury Attorneys
On the Side of Everyday Workers in Charleston
Every day, roofers, framers, and other construction workers who work at heights are placed in harm’s way. Our law firm is dedicated to helping you understand your rights after a workplace accident. If you were hurt in a roof fall at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Our attorneys have comprehensive knowledge of West Virginia workers’ compensation law. We work to ensure you are treated fairly in the workers’ comp system.
Warner Law Offices, PLLC offers skilled legal help to construction workers, maintenance workers, and others injured in falls from roofs. We also handle third-party liability claims when a worker suffers an injury after falling from a roof because of the negligence of a third party (someone other than your employer). For example, a dangerous property condition or a defective scaffolding or ladder could have caused the fall. The property owner or product manufacturer can be held liable for your injuries.
Contact our Charleston office today online or by phone to schedule a free consultation at (304) 449-3505. We have more than two decades of experience helping everyday workers in our state of West Virginia.
How Roof Fall Accidents Occur
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, falls are the leading cause of construction accidents leading to injury or death, and more than 10,000 workers suffer serious injuries every year. While some workers may suffer injuries from tripping over cords or falling downstairs, roof falls are a fairly common type of accident among those doing their work from heights.
There are various factors that can contribute to a roof fall accident, such as:
- Worker inexperience or lack of training
- Lack of fall protection program
- No fall arrest system lanyard connection point
- Dangerous weather conditions, such as wind, rain, or lightning\
- Unstable roofing
The contributing factor that led to your injuries can help determine who is at fault. For example, employers may be liable for damages if it can be proved that they cut corners by failing to train their workers to work on roofs or if they didn’t give their workers the protective equipment needed to prevent falls and injuries.
Roof falls almost always end in catastrophic injuries or fatalities because of how far roofs are from the ground. A fall from such a height can mean injuries like broken or crushed bones, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries.
Who is Liable for Damages?
When you’ve fallen and injured yourself on the job, it makes sense to turn to workers’ comp to get the compensation you need to cover your bills and make up for lost income. However, it’s possible that other parties may be at fault for your injuries, too, meaning you can potentially file a personal injury claim.
When it comes to falls from roofs, liability often falls on the following parties:
- Property owners: If dangerous conditions contributed to your roof fall and injuries, the owner of the property or building may be held liable in a premises liability claim, if your employer isn’t in charge of the building. These types of claims are tricky to prove and require a professional lawyer, such as one from our firm.
- Manufacturers: Did you fall from a roof because of something like a defective ladder or crane, or a broken cable or harness? You may have a product liability claim on your hands, which can be filed against the equipment’s manufacturer or designer.
Unsure of who is to blame for your fall and injuries? Calling our attorneys is your best option to learn more about your next legal steps. With more than 20 years of experience helping everyday workers in Charleston and the surrounding areas, we know what information to look for to help us determine if you have a case.
Damages You Can Recover
After a roof fall, it’s likely you’re facing a lot of issues both physical and financial, especially if you’ve been permanently disabled. You may have mounting medical bills from your hospital stay and surgery, for example, or have had to quit your construction job for good. Our lawyers can calculate how much you’re entitled to while you focus on recovering and if you have a valid personal injury claim, we can hold the at-fault party responsible. We can also protect your rights and help you navigate your workers’ comp claim, if you’re eligible for benefits.
For client-focused service, call our West Virginia roof fall injury lawyers at (304) 449-3505. We strive to go above and beyond for our clients and can tell you almost immediately if you have a case.