Claims Arising From Roofing Fall Accidents in Georgia


December 12, 2016

Workplace Injury Attorneys Discuss Claims Arising From Roofing Fall Accidents in Georgia

A man fell to his death while he was working on the roof of the a convention center. The roofer tragically lost his life after falling approximately fifty feet. His tragic death is a sobering reminder that construction jobs are dangerous jobs, especially roofing jobs, which place workers high above the ground much of the time.

Injuries Sustained in Non-Fatal Roofing Fall Accidents

Even when fall protection equipment is being used and is used properly, accidents can happen. Fortunately, not all roofing accidents are fatal. Here are a few types of work-related injuries that are common among roofing professionals, among others:

  • Broken Bones - Broken bones are commonplace after a roofer falls while on the job. Whether an individual falls off of a ladder or a roof, they are going to land on some part of their body, and the force of that impact is often enough to break one or more bones.
  • Paralysis - A fall coupled with an attempt to avoid the fall by grabbing onto the roof or ladder can cause the roofer to rotate his or her body mid-fall. This mid-air twisting motion often results in the worker falling on his or her back, head, or chest. An injury to the victim's back or neck can lead to a spinal paralysis disability.
  • Back Injuries - Back injuries are also fairly common because roofing involves lifting heavy materials and tools. Sometimes, roofers try to carry heavy items up and down ladders, which creates a very high risk for back injuries. Bending and crouching in one place for a period of time while performing a task also creates a risk for back pain and strain.
  • Sun Stroke - One common cause of roofing accidents is sun exposure. From severe sunburns that leave skin painfully blistered and peeling to heat exhaustion and stroke which can lead to hospitalization and can even cause death, injuries caused by exposure to the sun can do a lot of damage. Sun exposure is something that roofing professionals experience a lot of the time, and it can be difficult to maintain proper hydration and sun protection while performing physically demanding work.
  • Puncture Wounds - Puncture wounds are also a common injury that roofers face each workday. The power tools that roofers use can even cause severe lacerations or amputation.
  • Fumes - Roofers who work with asphalt roofing can also be injured by the fumes from the asphalt. Excessive exposure to asphalt fumes has been connected to higher rates of skin cancer and chronic cough. Individuals who have been exposed to asphalt fumes may experience pain and discomfort that includes throat irritation, eye irritation, headaches, and fatigue.

Support for Workers Affected by Job Site Injuries

If you are a roofer who has been hurt at work, you may be entitled to worker's compensation benefits. If your incident was caused by the negligence of a third party other than your employer, you may also have a personal injury claim as well.  Your injury can require a lengthy recovery time, and you need to be able to focus on healing your body instead of worrying about how your medical bills and other expenses will get paid. Contact our attorneys at Montlick & Associates to learn about your legal rights and options.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law and Put Our 32 Years of Experience to Work For You!

If you or a loved one has been injured in the workplace, it is important that you understand what your legal rights and options. Additionally, some workplace accidents can involve a negligent third party, resulting in potential personal injury claims. However, all situations are unique and must be evaluated.

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have more than thirty-two years of experience representing the rights and interests of injured individuals from all across Georgia. Whether you have been injured on the job, in a car accident, or any other type of accident involving personal injuries, our Georgia Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorneys fight hard for our clients to obtain for them the compensation they deserve under the law.

To schedule your free consultation, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333). You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

 

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