Building a career as a roofer heavily relies on the individual’s skill set and ability to deliver exceptional results for a variety of clients and on a variety of properties. While a worthwhile trade, it is riddled with the high likelihood of on-the-job accidents, injury, and potential fatalities.
What are the risks of working as a roofer?
According to a report by the Center for Construction Research and Training, about 50 roofers are killed on the job each year. Working as a roofer has the fifth-highest work-related death rate in construction. There are certain tasks that a roofer must perform to complete the job in full that are riskier than others. That can lead to dangerous incidents like:Falling, either from a ladder while climbing to the roof, off of a roof’s edge, falling through a skylight or through a roof
- Being electrocuted by equipment or electric materials
- Exhaustion caused by severe weather elements
- Accidentally struck by objects while atop the roof or during transportation
As careful as you may try to be, these occurrences can happen to anyone.
What should I do when injured while working as a roofer?
Seek immediate medical assistance if it is necessary by calling 911 or driving immediately to an emergency room. Once you have treated the injury for all immediate maladies, begin the process of extensive documentation of the incident and following hardships, including the cost of medical bills, assessment of the severity of the injury by medical professionals, and a personal written testimony that speaks to how the accident occurred.
Who is at fault?
This question depends on many circumstances leading up to the incident. Was every employee on site of the accident properly trained? If so, were all recommended procedures being followed? Who is responsible for the enforcement of training employees? Who is responsible for making sure standard safety procedures are followed during active jobs? Since you, your employer and their insurance adjusters have vested personal interest in the decision of who is at fault, a third party can be an effective judge of who deserves compensation.
You deserve to fight for your right to compensation, but it will not come easily or without you taking a few imperative steps. Getting an expert’s opinion on the validity of your claim is a good way to start, and the personal injury lawyers at Kwartler Manus provide a complimentary consultation. You can explain the basics of your case and they can effectively tell you what you can do or should do next if you want to be recognized by your employer for the injury sustained while on the job.
Not only is Kwartler-Manus’s professional staff equipped to guide the beginnings of your claim, but they will also be available to you 24/7 for support, guidance, and answers to questions as your claim steadily moves forward. Any pending litigation requires patience and wherewithal, and the established team of counsel at Kwartler Manus is well prepared to offer those resources to you. Don’t wait to contact our experienced personal injury lawyers online or by phone at 267-457-5570.