Job Injury Roofers
Job Injury Roofers: We have had some strong storms in the last few weeks, and it is quite common to drive through a neighborhood and see roofers fixing damaged roofs or installing new roofs at constructions sites. Your heart goes out to these workers who are on top of the roof, enduring the heat of an Alabama summer several feet above the ground. Roofing is a tough, heavy job often performed in extremely hot temperatures. In fact, one of the latest list of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S. lists Roofers as having the 4th most dangerous job.
If you are a work as a roofer for someone like Hinkle Roofing, Sellers & Helms, Bear Roofing, Windstorm Services or Grace Klein Construction, you have most likely suffered a job injury before, probably several times. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for roofers to suffer serious job accidents and injuries, such as: heat stroke, torn rotator cuffs, herniated discs, a torn meniscus or even hernias.
For the majority of roofers we have represented, immediately following their job accident the worker did not file an accident report with his employer as pulled muscles or sprain are part of the job, and the injured worker does not want to report every pulled muscle and get a reputation as someone who can’t deal with a little pain. Only after a day or two (or weeks) of trying to deal with a pain that simply will not go away do they report their job injury. At this point many construction workers are informed by their employer that they had waited too long to report/give notice of a job injury and therefore they are not entitled to any workers’ compensation benefits. This is rarely true.
While it is true that according to Ala.Code §25-5-78, an injured workers is supposed to provide written notice of a workplace injury within 5 days of the on-the-job injury, this section goes on to state that, in Alabama, a worker has up to 90 days in which to inform his employer about a job injury, and an oral report is just as valid a notice means as a detailed written report. Company policy cannot override law, so if your employer states that “…company policy mandates that all workers’ compensation injuries be reported within 2 days of the occurrence of said injury and since you did not do so you are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits ” (which many injured workers have called to tell us over the years)-they are misinformed about Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation laws and they are still responsible for your medical care and compensation.
If you live in Alabama, you are a roofer and you have suffered a job injury while working on site and you have questions about your and right to Alabama Workers’ Compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation.
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Job Injury Roofers