Falls From Roofs May Mean You Are Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
South Carolina Attorneys for Fatal Construction Accidents
Recently, our attorneys fielded three calls in one week from workers who were injured on the job when they fell off a roof or ladder. These falls often result in serious injuries or death. You may think you are not entitled to receive any compensation while you recover from your injuries, but that might not be the case. Even if you are not in the United States legally, you may still be entitled to file a claim under workers’ compensation benefits.
Often, workers at construction sites, landscapers, and other industries are injured, and their boss tells them not to tell anyone or threatens to fire them if they do. Business owners and managers will try to control your situation so that the cost of the premiums they pay for insurance does not go up. This is not okay. If you are injured while working or a loved one was killed, you may be entitled to compensation depending on the situation.
South Carolina is in the middle of a construction boom. Houses and buildings are going up faster than ever before. More and more workers are being asked to work faster, harder, and longer to maximize company profits. Frequently, this means shortcuts in safety and procedures.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported recently that fatalities among Hispanic construction workers rose about 90 percent from 2011 to 2019, outpacing their employment growth in the industry during the period. Small employers with fewer than 20 employees accounted for 75 percent of fatal falls between 2015 and 2017, despite making up only 39 percent of construction payroll employment.
In the United States, there are laws and regulations around safety, including procedures in the construction industry that must be followed anytime a worker is more than six feet off the ground. Unfortunately, these safety laws are often not followed, and the unthinkable happens.
If you were injured or your family lost a loved one due to a fall on a construction job, call our compassionate attorneys at 843-720-2800. We offer free consultations, and we do not charge any fees unless we win your case. We will explain how much compensation you may be entitled to, how the process works, how long payments will last, and any other questions you have.