Roof decks are pretty amazing. In the right location, a rooftop deck can provide an expansive and awesome view of Lynn, showing off city lights at night, the vast ocean and offering a beautiful site for an early morning sunset.
But whether you have a roof deck as part of your own home, or if you are enjoying the roof deck of another homeowner or establishment, these decks do clearly pose dangers. If you fall on (or off) of a roof deck, injuries could be severe or even fatal. Here’s what you need to know about roof deck fall injuries:
Common Causes of Roof Deck Fall Injuries
There are a number of factors that may cause or contribute to a victim falling while on, or falling off of, a roof deck and suffering injuries. These might include:
- The dangerous behavior of other guests, such as pushing, fighting, or generally being too rowdy;
- A lack of railing or safety rails or dilapidated railings to prevent falls;
- Defective flooring that leads to a trip and fall (over edge);
- Spills or slippery substances on the floor;
- Defective or broken stairs, leading to an injury while climbing up to, or down from, the roof deck; and
- Improper construction or design of the roof deck.
Injuries from Roof Deck Fall Injuries
A person may fall on a roof deck, while entering or exiting a roof deck, or may even fall off of a roof deck. In most case, the third scenario – when a person’s fall is actually off of a roof deck onto the surface below – is the most severe. In all cases though, people who suffer roof deck fall injuries are at risk of incurring:
- Broken bones;
- Head injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Back and neck injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
- Lacerations and bruises.
Liability for a Roof Deck Fall Injury
The cause of the roof deck fall determines liability of the injury and the related damages. Almost always, the property owner or the tenant renting a property where he/she is responsible for the property including the roof deck area where the fall occurred, under the terms of a lease, is liable. This is because property owners/lessees in Lynn have a legal duty to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe and free from any hazards. A lack of proper protection from the edge of a roof deck, defective flooring, or broken stairs are all examples of dangerous conditions that a reasonable person could predict to cause a fall and lead to injury, and which a property owner has a legal duty to correct. It may be that both the property owner and the tenant are responsible for one’s injuries.
Contact Our Lynn Office if You’ve Roof Deck Related Injury
If you are involved in a roof deck fall injury, or if you lose a loved one in this tragic accident type, do not let the fear of confrontation or the unknown stand in your way of pursuing a personal injury claim for damages. At the law offices of Deborah Gold-Alexander Attorney at Law, we have over 30 years’ experience representing fall victims in Lynn and surrounding areas, and are competent in our ability to successfully handle your case. Please contact our law offices today for your free consultation by calling 781-289-4235 now.