Building structures are supposed to be properly maintained and kept safe. One recent case, however, demonstrates that buildings and roofs can be dangerous when not adequately secured. A man has filed a lawsuit against Hamilton Partners, the building owner and others, after he fell through the skylight. The man was part of a work crew making repairs to rooftop air conditioning equipment. According to the lawsuit, the building was unsafe. The owners did not use ordinary care when they installed a skylight with a railing and mesh system that was supposed to guard it. Instead, the materials used were not strong enough and the man fell through the skylight, suffering serious personal injuries.
Building safety is the responsibility of the owners as well as possibly those who are leasing the property. Failing to provide adequate protection against injuries is serious because it means the owners knew about the danger but did not take the steps necessary to resolve the problem. In the meantime, the worker was tasked with walking on the roof to fix the equipment located there. The safety of the premises is always a concern. When someone falls and is seriously injured due to a dangerous condition that should not have been present, the victim may be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses and other costs.
In this instance, the man actually fell through the skylight. The lawsuit does not state exactly what injuries the man had but they are quite likely injuries such as broken bones, scrapes and bruises, and possibly back injuries. Luckily, the man was able to recover from his injuries, which could have left him permanently hurt or could even have resulted in his death. The building owners, Hamilton Partners, is named in the lawsuit along with Hillshire Brands Co. The suit claims that they are responsible for negligence in their failure to properly secure the roof skylight.
In situations such as this one, the building owners can be held responsible for the dangerous conditions on their property. They must take precautions to properly secure the building and keep it safe. The man was working on the roof, where he was supposed to work. While there were some railings and mesh by the skylight, the protections were certainly not strong enough to keep a man from falling through. The protection was inadequate and failed to do anything to safeguard someone working on the roof. The negligence on the part of the building owners directly led to the accident and the man’s serious injuries.
If you or a loved one was seriously hurt because of the negligence of another, you may be entitled to collect money for damages. Your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, rehabilitation, and any other costs that you incurred as a result of the injuries should be reimbursed by the negligent party. Contact Michael T. Friedman & Associates to schedule a consultation today.
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