Florida’s high winds make roofing a popular profession. There is some level of risk involved when it comes to roofing repairs and installs. If you suffer a fall off of a residential or commercial properties’ roof, you are likely to experience significant injuries.
This can lead to expensive ongoing medical bills and required time off work to recover. Our Florida roofing accident lawyers at Anidjar & Levine can help you recover the compensation you deserve to cover these costs. Call us today to discuss the details of your case at 1-800-747-3733.
Causes Of Roofing Accidents In Florida
Roofing work requires awareness of and the use of safety equipment at all times. However, even with the use of safety equipment, accidents can and do still occur. Roofers may suffer injuries from a slip and fall, exposure to dangerous chemicals, or they may fall off of the roof.
Roofing accidents often cause the following injuries:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal bleeding
- Back or neck injury
- Overheat or overexertion
OSHA Safety Requirements
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) attempts to reduce workplace accidents by setting safety requirements on all job sites, including roofing work.
The following OSHA regulations apply specifically to roofing work:
- Fall protection should be identified before starting roofing work
- The structural integrity of the roof must be evaluated before beginning roof work
- Guardrails are required on skylights and roof openings
- Roofing materials should be staged before beginning work
- The Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) should have all of the required parts
- Anchors should hold a minimum of 5,000 pounds per person
- The employer must provide a written fall protection plan for any roofing jobs six feet or higher
These are just a few of OSHA’s safety regulations regarding roofing work. When an employer fails to implement these safety regulations, they may be subject to both civil and criminal fines.
How Anidjar & Levine Can Assist You With Your Roofing Accident Case
The legal team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you navigate your Florida roofing accident claim. We will offer you consultation, legal advice, and representation while you focus on your recovery.
Unfortunately, the damages suffered from a roofing accident are often severe. In most cases, the employee falls from a high height. Whether we seek compensation through a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party personal injury claim will depend on the specific details of your case.
Either way, it is vital that we recover the following damages on your behalf:
- All medical costs associated with the accident (current and anticipated expenses)
- Household renovation needs (to better accommodate a permanent injury)
- Temporary childcare costs
- Transportation costs
- Wrongful death
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
By adding up these costs, we can determine just how much the roofing accident has, and will, affect your life going forward. This determination will help us evaluate any settlement offers and determine whether a workers’ compensation payment appropriately covers your expenses.
Investigate Your Case
Whether you are seeking compensation through a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim, it is essential to investigate and build your case. Our legal team will investigate the details of your accident including what caused it in the first place and how it will affect your life going forward.
We will collect the following important documents:
- Medical records and invoices
- Expert witness statements (Vocational and construction)
- Police report
- Witness statements
- OSHA reports
- Employer hiring and training records
- Maintenance records
File Your Claim
The requirements of filing your claim will depend on the legal route that makes the most sense to your case. A workers’ compensation claim requires that we provide proper notice to your employer within 30 days of the accident. Then, we must submit the claim within two years from the date of the accident. Missing important documents or filing after the time limit can result in a claim denial.
To file a third-party personal injury claim, Florida requires that we file within four years from the date of the accident. Some details, such as wrongful death can shorten this time limit.
It is important to keep in mind that it takes time to investigate and build your case. Witnesses may forget important details, and some documents may be more difficult to obtain. For this reason, it is best to discuss your case with a Florida roofing accident lawyer as soon as possible at 1-800-747-3733.
File An Appeal
It is possible that you will receive a denial following your first workers’ compensation claim. Our legal team is familiar with the filing requirements and can evaluate your application for any missing information. Working with a lawyer that is familiar with OSHA regulations and workers’ compensation laws can improve your chances of receiving an approval after filing an appeal.
Assist You With Collecting Payment
We understand how important it is to receive payment promptly. Household bills will quickly add up when you are unable to work. Not only will our legal team assist you in building and filing your case, but we will also help you collect owed compensation punctually.
Contact Us Today For Your Free Roofing Accident Consultation
If another parties’ negligence is to blame for your Florida roofing accident, it is only right that they cover the costs you have had to incur. The legal team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is ready to assist you with your case.
We have years of experience and will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Call us today to schedule your free roofing accident consultation at 1-800-747-3733.