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Skylight falls have the potential to result in devastating, sometimes fatal, consequences. Individuals who have been injured in a skylight fall accident may be able to recover compensation for costs incurred as a result of the accident, such as medical bills and lost wages, by filing a claim against the at-fault party.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a skylight fall accident and would like to learn more about the claim filing process, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive a free case evaluation with one of our experienced skylight injury lawyers.
WHAT IS A SKYLIGHT?
A skylight is a window, or similar light-transmitting structure, built into the roof or ceiling of a building. The purpose of a skylight is to provide the inside of a building with access to more natural light. Because the installation of skylights involves working on elevated surfaces, there is always a risk of an injury occurring.
WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING INJURED IN A SKYLIGHT FALL ACCIDENT
1. Seek Medical Attention
Once the adrenaline subsides after an accident, the pain from the injury may set in. Seeking prompt medical attention after a skylight fall may allow your injuries to be timely and properly treated, thus increasing your chances of recovering as efficiently as possible.
2. File a Report
When feasible, file an accident report with your employer or with the manager of the property where the skylight work was being conducted. When filling out the report, be sure to include as much information as possible, including facts such as when the accident occurred, how it occurred, and what types of injuries you sustained. Do not admit fault for the accident.
3. Document the Accident
One of the most important steps a personal injury victim can take following an accident is to “document the accident.” Documenting the accident means creating and maintaining a complete record of all materials relating to the accident. Materials you should keep in your records include photographs of the scene accident, photographs of your injuries, a copy of the accident report, witness statements, and medical bills. Hard copies may be kept at your office or residence. Alternatively, you can digitalize these records and store them on your phone.
4. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
After you have recovered from your injuries, contact a skylight injury attorney. It is important that you consult with a skylight injury attorney before speaking with insurance companies or agreeing to any type of settlement agreement. A lawyer may gather the facts of your case and may be able to provide helpful advice regarding your rights and remedies. If necessary, a skylight injury attorney may file a lawsuit on your behalf and can help you navigate your claim from start to finish.
COMMON SKYLIGHT FALL INJURIES
Back injuries are common in any fall accident. The impact of landing on a hard surface after a sudden fall may cause vertebrae in a person’s spine to shift, thereby causing dull, radiating pain throughout the entire back and spine. Because many skylight fall accidents involve falls from ceilings or roofs, these injuries are often severe and debilitating.
Head Injuries and Concussions
Head injuries and concussions are also a far too common consequence of skylight fall injuries. The force of a person falling to the ground may cause the person’s head to hit the floor upon impact. Such a collision may put the victim at risk of sustaining various head injuries including a concussion or internal bleeding.
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Many skylight fall accidents also result in broken bones. Typical injuries may include broken wrists, arms, legs, or tailbone. These injuries can result in prolonged medical care, rehabilitation, and missed time from work.
In some cases, skylight fall accidents may unfortunately result in death. Although the risk of death applies to everyone involved in a skylight fall accident, these situations typically involve older individuals, individuals with pre-existing health conditions, and falls from multiple story buildings.
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SKYLIGHT FALL COMPENSATION
If a skylight fall accident was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another, the victim of a skylight fall accident may be able to recover compensation, in the form of money damages, from the at-fault party for costs incurred as a result of the attack. The types of damages that may be available to a skylight fall victim fall into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are quantifiable costs incurred by the victim. Types of economic damages in a skylight fall accident lawsuit may include costs such as:
- Past and present medical bills
- Past and present pharmacy bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income and wages
- Future lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
Non-economic damages are the victim’s intangible losses. Because non-economic damages are intangible, this class of damages cannot be easily calculated. Instead, it is often up to the jury to evaluate the value of a victim’s non-economic damages. Types of non-economic damages in a skylight fall lawsuit may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
LEGAL TIME LIMITS FOR A SKYLIGHT FALL CLAIM
Lawsuits must be filed within a time limit, also known as the statute of limitations. Failure to file a claim within the applicable statute of limitations period may lead to the victim forfeiting some or all of his or her legal rights. Needless to say, the statute of limitations is a critical aspect of any personal injury case.
Statutes of limitations vary from state to state with most states having either a two- or three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims such as those involving skylight fall accidents. For example, Texas has a two-year limitations period for personal injury claims. Thus, if you were injured in a skylight fall accident in Texas on January 1, 2021, you would need to file a claim by January 1, 2023.
In certain cases, the statute of limitations may be extended beyond the applicable period. This extension is referred to as “tolling” the statute of limitations. However, the situations which require a statute of limitations to be tolled are limited. A brief consultation with a skylight injury lawyer may help you better understand the significance of a statute of limitations and help ensure that your claim is timely filed.
ZINDA LAW GROUP’S ATTORNEYS ARE HERE TO HELP
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have years of experience handling the full life cycle of personal injury claims. From the initial consultation up to the disposition of your case, our attorneys strive to zealously advocate for your rights while you focus on recovering from your injury. With a Zinda Law Group attorney in your corner, you may receive:
At Zinda Law Group, our attorneys are ready to put years of experience negotiating with insurance companies and claims adjusters to work to protect your legal rights.
Access to Critical Resources
Zinda Law Group has a large network of offices, giving us access to vast resources across multiple states.
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys also have years of experience litigating claims from beginning to end. Because we treat every case as if it is going to trial, we give your case the attention-to-detail it deserves.
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