Workers’ Compensation for Roofing Accidents

Professional roofing installation and repair can be dangerous work. Between the heights and the equipment used to get the job done, roofers are always at risk of injury. If you were injured on-site working on a roof and can no longer perform the duties your job requires, protect yourself. Contact Martin Law today.
With over 30 years of experience in workers’ compensation, we can help you with your claim. Call us at 215.587.8400 for a free consultation. We are one of the largest workers’ comp law firms in the Philadelphia area and southeast Pennsylvania that represent roofing contractors injured on the job.

Roofing Accidents

At Martin Law, our attorneys are familiar with the injuries commonly suffered by those who work in the roofing industry. We have represented roofers of all kinds, both union and non-union, helping them fight for the compensation they deserve for their injury.

Most often, roofers are injured in accidents like:
• Falls from heights
• Ladder and scaffolding accidents
• Power tool and machinery injuries
• Unsafe working conditions
• Failure to follow OSHA regulation
• Back injuries

Your employer is obligated to pay for your medical care and lost wages, as well as certain loss of use or disfigurement. We know all too well how often roofing companies and their insurance carriers deny claims from on-site accidents. Contact us after your roofing job site inquiry!

Our lawyers will educate you about your rights to workers’ compensation and make sure your benefits are calculated correctly. We’ll also explore your options to pursue a lawsuit against third parties for negligence such as the manufacturer of unsafe or faulty equipment.

Don’t assume that you’re covered in the event of an injury at work. Contact experienced lawyers who fight for you. We have offices across the Philly Metro area, Reading and the Lehigh Valley. Your initial consultation is always free and we take no fees unless we secure your benefits or a settlement.

FAQs About the Roofing Industry and Workers Comp in PA

Q: If I get injured while working as a roofer in Pennsylvania, am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?

A: Yes, in Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation is generally available to employees who sustain injuries or illnesses in the course of their employment, including roofers. It is essential that you report the injury promptly to your employer.

Q: What types of injuries are commonly associated with roofing work?

A: Roofers are often at risk of many different work injuries due to lack of protective equipment and improper training. Slips, trips and falls, injuries from tools, exposure to harsh weather conditions, lifting-related injuries, etc. are all common injuries in the roofing industry.

Check out our blog post on The Dangers of the Roofing Industry for more information.

Q: How do I report a roofing-related injury to my employer in Pennsylvania?

A: It’s crucial to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Provide written notice to keep a paper trail and seek medical attention promptly. Notify your supervisor or employer about the specific details of the incident.

Q: What benefits are covered under workers’ compensation for injured roofers in Pennsylvania?

A: Workers’ compensation benefits typically include medical expenses, wage replacement for lost income, specific loss benefits (for permanent disfigurement or loss of use), and vocational rehabilitation if necessary.

Q: Can I choose my own doctor for a work-related injury, or does my employer dictate the medical care?

A: In Pennsylvania, your employer has the right to designate a list of approved healthcare providers and you may be required to seek treatment from one of those listed for the first 90 days following your accident. After this initial period, you will have the ability to choose your own doctor, but it is essential to be familiar with the specific regulations and guidelines in your state.

Call Martin Law today at 215-587-8400 and we can answer any questions you may have.

Q: What should I do if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?

A: If your claim is denied, you have the right to file a petition with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Office of Adjudication. Carefully read the denial letter to understand why your claim was denied and reach out to your employer or their workers compensation carrier to discuss the denial. If you believe it is unjustified, you have a right to appeal against the decision. We highly recommend you consult an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation at this point. They can use their expertise to help navigate the appeals process and advocate on your behalf.

Q: Can I sue my employer for a roofing-related injury in Pennsylvania?

A: In Pennsylvania, as in many other states, the workers’ compensation system is put in place as a no-fault system preventing direct lawsuits against employers. This means that, in most cases, you cannot sue your employer for a work-related injury if they have workers’ compensation insurance.

However, there may be exceptions, such as if there is intentional harm, or if your employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance. It is crucial to consult a legal professional who is experienced in your specific situation and can educate you on all the options available.

Q: Are there time limits for filing a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania?

A: Yes, there are specific time limits, known as statutes of limitations, when filing a workers’ compensation claim. In Pennsylvania, you have 21 days to report the injury to your employer and three years from the date of injury to file a workers’ compensation claim.

Failure to report within either of these time frames may jeopardize your benefits.

Q: Can I receive both workers’ compensation benefits and sue a third party for a roofing-related injury in Pennsylvania?

A: Yes, it’s possible. If a third party, such as a manufacturer of faulty equipment or any negligent third party, is responsible for your injury, you can potentially receive workers’ compensation benefits and pursue a third-party lawsuit for a roofing-related accident.

These situations are especially important to consult an attorney because they can conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding your injury to gather evidence supporting your claim against a third party. This includes finding, identifying, and interviewing witnesses, obtaining all necessary documentation, and collaborating with our experts on third-party issues.