Falls from Roofs on Construction Sites
The Cape Cod workplace accident attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III represent people who have been hurt in mishaps at construction sites and elsewhere on the job. Falls from roofs are an unfortunately common source of injury for construction workers. Our lawyers have dedicated their careers to helping accident victims in their times of need. We focus exclusively on personal injury cases, and we have a history of success for the people whom we represent.
Anyone who goes up on a roof puts him or herself at risk of a fall, but the hazard is especially significant for construction workers, who often find themselves perched in various places over the course of a job. Falls may be caused by a wide variety of factors, from a simple slip to weather conditions, shoddy equipment, and mistakes by coworkers and supervisors. They may also cause serious injuries that keep a worker off the job for long stretches of time, and they may even result in death.Pursuing Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Roof Falls
If you have been hurt in a roof fall or other accident while working on a construction site, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This system is essentially an insurance program. Employers pay into a compensation fund, and people hurt on the job can file claims seeking payment from the fund to cover medical expenses and missed wages. Massachusetts law gives injured employees the option to decide whether to accept their workers’ compensation benefits in a single lump sum or in weekly payments.
To prove that you are entitled to benefits, you would have to show that you were hurt on the job. To get lost earnings, you also would have to show that the specific injury that you sustained has limited your ability to work. Employers often resist claims by arguing that an injury was a preexisting condition, meaning that the worker was already injured or limited in his or her ability to do the job before a fall or other accident. Solid medical evidence detailing the injury and its impact can go a long way in backing up a claim.Seeking Damages from a Third Party
In some instances, a third party may be partly or completely responsible for causing an accident. When this happens, an injured worker does have the ability to bring a lawsuit against this party, even though he or she cannot sue the employer. Contractors and sub-contractors, as well as manufacturers of defective products, often are named as defendants in these cases. They generally proceed as negligence claims. The injured worker must show that the defendant had a duty of care toward him or her, breached the duty, and caused his or her injuries as a result of the breach. There also must be quantifiable damages that stemmed from the accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.Consult a Cape Cod Attorney for a Workplace Accident Claim
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog III, our Cape Cod workplace accident lawyers have more than 146 years of combined legal experience. We know how to build compelling cases for the workers whom we represent. You do not need to just take our word for it. We have a strong track record of success work accident and other cases. Our workers’ compensation lawyers offer free consultations from our offices, which are conveniently located in Hyannis and Plymouth. We are also happy to travel to you if you cannot make it to us. We do not charge a fee in many cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Nós Falamos Português.