Orlando Skylight Fall Injury Attorney
Skylights are frequently used in both residential and commercial construction because they offer energy savings and the benefit of natural sunlight. Unfortunately, they are also potentially dangerous to anyone in their vicinity. When not properly installed and easily visible they can lead to serious injury or even death to construction workers, homeowners, or anyone visiting a commercial establishment.
If you or a member of your family has suffered injuries in a skylight fall, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for your physical injuries and your pain, suffering, and other related losses. The Orlando skylight fall injury attorneys at Warner & Warner have extensive experience fighting for the rights of injured victims just like you and have the skill, knowledge and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate and aggressively litigate your case. We are committed to holding the responsible parties accountable and ensuring that you are fully compensated for all of your injuries and losses.
What Injuries Do Skylight Falls Cause?
A National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) survey in seven states revealed that approximately 22 percent (14 of 64) of the fatal falls reported to state occupational safety and health officials occurred when workers fell through skylight openings or smoke-vent skylights (translucent plastic domes that serve as both skylights and automatic smoke vents in case of fire). In 2010, 30 workers lost their lives as a result of falling through a skylight or opening in a roof, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
While these numbers are startling enough, they only account for a fraction of the people who are injured each year in a skylight fall. Anyone who works on the roof of a building near a skylight is potentially at risk of suffering a life-threatening injury.
What Are Skylight Safety Rules?
What makes skylight falls even more tragic is the simple fact that there are a variety of simple measures employers and property owners can take to protect their vendors, visitors, and maintenance personnel. Employing these safety measures can dramatically reduce the risk of a potentially deadly fall. Conversely, failing to proactively incorporate safety measures into the installation and maintenance of a skylight will increase the likelihood of an injury occurring.
The risk of injury from a skylight fall is serious enough that the federal government has enacted specific rules intended to prevent skylight fall injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has concluded that “a skylight should be regarded as a hatchway, i.e., an opening in the roof of a building through which persons may fall. As such, the following safety rules apply:
- 29 CFR 1910.23(a)(4) – requires that skylights have standard skylight screens or fixed standard railings on all exposed sides. These safety measures must be installed before roofing work begins and remain in place until construction is completed.
- 29 CFR 1926.28(a) requires the utilization of various fall protection measures to prevent falls.
- If guardrails or safety belts/harnesses are not practical, employers must provide alternative forms of protection against falls such as fixed covers, catch platforms, or safety nets, as described in 29 CFR 1926.105.
Training by employers is also highly recommended by the NIOSH to ensure that workers are able to recognize the serious dangers posed by falls through roof openings as well as the risk involved in sitting or stepping on skylights. In addition, skylight manufacturers also have an obligation to post warning stickers on skylights advising people of the inherent dangers posed by sitting or stepping on skylights.
Sadly, far too many property owners and employers fail to follow the numerous governmental recommendations regarding skylight safety. As a result, thousands of innocent people have been seriously injured, even killed, by falling through unguarded and camouflaged skylights.
What Compensation Can Orlando Skylight Fall Victims Receive?
The amount of financial compensation available to a victim of an Orlando skylight fall will vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case. However, under Florida law, you may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Lost support and services
- Medical bills and other healthcare expenses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Other damages recoverable under Florida law
Get Help from Experienced Orlando Skylight Fall Injury Attorney
The Orlando skylight fall lawyers at Warner & Warner have extensive experience representing victims of injury accidents and surviving family members of those who were fatally injured in an accident on someone else’s property. We have successfully litigated numerous lawsuits against property owners and contractors when their failure to safely install and/or maintain a skylight or other features on their property led to physical and psychological injuries.
The experienced Orlando skylight fall attorneys at Warner & Warner will zealously pursue your rights as the victim of a skylight accident. We have the experience, skill and resources to ensure that you are fully compensated for any injuries you suffered, and the responsible party (or parties) is held legally accountable.
Our Orlando skylight falls attorneys have the expertise and knowledge required to successfully prove and litigate lawsuits that stem from injuries caused by skylights that were improperly installed and/or not maintained safely according to federal rules and regulations. Call us at 321-972-1889 or contact us online to schedule a free case review.