NYC Roofing Accident Lawyer

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Have you been injured in a New York City roofing accident? If so, you are likely worried about your physical health and financial stability as you try to navigate your next steps. Unfortunately, many injured roofers are missing out on recovering valuable compensation for their injuries due to attempting to go through this process without the proper representation.

At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., our dedicated NYC roofing accident lawyers have recovered more than half a billion dollars for injured people like you. We are committed to pursuing every legal avenue to pursue maximum compensation for all your losses. We know the heavy physical and financial impact a significant roofing accident can have on a person. You deserve nothing less than the opportunity to pursue maximum compensation.

Contact us now to discuss your case with one of our knowledgeable New York roofing accident attorneys today. We offer a free case review, and you only pay once we recover compensation for you through a settlement or judgment.

Why You Should Choose Our NYC Roofing Accident Attorneys

A New York City roofing accident can change your life. You could face life-altering injuries that make it difficult to return to work and enjoy your life as you once did.

Are you confident you are getting the money you need to manage your medical expenses and future needs? Unfortunately, one hard truth many people don’t realize until it’s too late is that no one is looking out for their best interests. Insurance companies, your employer, third-party contractors – all of these people are looking to protect their own best interests, to maximize profits and limit their own liability, regardless of what it may cost you both financially and physically.

Our NYC roofing accident attorneys on the legal team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., have the resources and experience to support you during this challenging time. Unlike everyone else, our interests are aligned with yours.

We will pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. We will work with knowledgeable roofing site safety experts and engineers to build a compelling claim that offers you the best chance to obtain a favorable outcome for your situation.

Why choose The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.? Because you deserve aggressive legal representation and you deserve someone looking out for your best interests. We are always on your side, and we have a long track record of recovering compensation for injured workers.

How Common Are Roofing Accidents?

Roofing work ranks among one of the most hazardous professions. The Western States Roofing Contractors Association lists roofing as the fourth most dangerous job in the U.S. Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also point to the dangers of working in the roofing industry, finding that the trade is one of four jobs in the U.S. where the annual rate of fatal incidents was 50 or more for every 100,000 employees in the field.

New York City Health Data and Publications data suggest fatal injuries among NYC roofers and construction workers are common. Construction workers make up only 5 percent of New York City’s workforce, yet account for 27 percent of the city’s work-related injury fatalities. In a single recent month, the New York City Buildings Department recorded 45 construction or roofing-related incidents.

Causes of Roofing Accidents in NYC

Roofing accidents in New York City can occur due to various factors. The unique landscape of New York City’s urban environment creates dangerous conditions not always found in other areas. The environment, mixed with more traditional roofing hazards, makes New York particularly dangerous for roofers.

Some of the most common causes of New York City roofing accidents include:

  • Inexperience
  • Inadequate training
  • Lack of safety precautions
  • Lack of safety equipment 
  • Equipment failure or malfunction
  • Nearby electrical hazards
  • Unstable surfaces
  • Improper scaffolding or ladder use 
  • Exposed vents or ducts 
  • Negligence
  • Inclement weather conditions

Common Types of Roofing Accidents

Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that falls are the leading cause of injury-related accidents in the construction and roofing industries. Just over one-third of deaths in the construction industry were due to falls, and the sector accounts for 46 percent of all fatal falls.

Common examples of roofing accidents in New York City include:

OSHA Regulations to Prevent Roofing Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government organization that ensures that U.S. employers adhere to safe and healthful working conditions. OSHA stipulates that all employers in the construction industry must have a safety program and outlines fall-protection requirements to benefit workers. Requirements include fall-protection training for all employees.

Companies must also provide workers with fall-protection equipment. Personal fall-arrest systems (PFAS) are one example of fall-protection gear that can help prevent falls from heights of six feet or more. A PFAS includes an anchor, harness, and lifeline, typically with a deceleration device. Fall-restraint systems and guardrails also help prevent falls on a job site and can be put in place by employers.

OSHA also outlines safety protocols for the following:

Anything that could potentially pose a safety hazard to roofers, OSHA addresses in their safety manuals and employer requirements.

Seeking Compensation for Roofing Accidents

New York extends specific rights to roofing workers injured on the job, giving them several means to recover the compensation they deserve. Labor Law 240(1) allows roofers to sue contractors, site owners, and third parties for an accident that involves a fall from heights, such as from a ladder or scaffolding. The law also stipulates companies must provide proper safety protection and equipment to construction workers.

Labor Law 241(6) allows workers to file a lawsuit against owners and their agents for violating New York State Industrial Codes, especially in slips, falls, and electrical shock claims. Additionally, Labor Law 200 allows workers to sue companies for failure to provide reasonable protection to workers at construction sites. All in all, New York has a robust legal framework that allows roofing workers to hold companies and contractors accountable for workplace accidents.

Depending on your unique situation, you may be able to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, insurance claim, or workers’ compensation benefits. Our attorneys can review your situation and outline which avenues for recovering compensation for your financial losses are best suited to the facts in your case.

Statute of Limitations on NYC Roofing Injury Claims

In New York, injured roofing workers have three years from the accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries. Workers’ compensation cases carry a two-year statute of limitations. Shorter notice requirements may apply in certain circumstances. Failing to file before the deadline means your case faces dismissal.

Our Experienced New York Roofing Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help

If you’ve been injured in a roofing accident, you need the legal guidance that the experienced team at The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., can provide. We want to help you pursue the money you deserve. Contact us today for a free case review and learn more about your legal options.