Falling from a roof may result in life-changing injuries and even death. Common injuries include fractured bones, broken necks, internal injuries, spinal cord damage, and brain injuries, among others that could lead to paralysis or even coma. Unfortunately, many of these tragic falls are entirely preventable.
On June 26, a 34-year-old worker sustained severe injuries after falling from a roof. The contractor from Farmingdale was working on a roof on Carlisle Court when he fell around 8 a.m. The police officers who responded to the scene found the worker on the side of the home. One of the officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived. The severely-injured worker was flown to a New Brunswick hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. No additional information regarding the incident was released.
The risks associated with working on fragile roofs and other high areas are well known. Falls from height are among the most common reasons for work-related injuries and fatalities. If a worker suffers critical injuries, the possibility of not being able to work again can be a very frightening prospect for him and his family.
There are a variety of reasons why workers fall from roofs, but the most common causes are the lack of safety equipment, improper use of safety equipment, and defective safety equipment. In the event of a roof fall accident, the responsibility usually lies with the site owner, the general contractor, the construction manager, and/or the product manufacturer of the defective safety equipment used by the worker. In some cases, multiple parties can be held liable for the injuries.
Such a work-related event can be very devastating for the victim’s family. If left with a disability, the inability to work could leave the family vulnerable. When an accident occurs on the job, Workers’ Compensation coverage should automatically kick in. However, such benefits may not be enough to cover the worker’s medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses due to the severity of the injuries.
With the help of a New Jersey personal injury attorney, people hurt in work-related accidents may obtain full compensation for their injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. They may also seek additional compensation from potentially negligent third parties.