Dangerous Jobs, Roofing and Carpentry


Injuries more serious, thus more costly, making legal assessment of third party liability a smart move.

Chicago, IL, May 26, 2013 – As counter-intuitive as it may seem, a roofer is more likely to die at work than a police officer is. According to an article published by the Risk Management Monitor citing on the job death data collected by Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most recent statistics reveal that the death rate for roofers was 32.4 deaths at work per 100,000 workers. The line of duty death rate for police officers is 18.0 per 100,000 workers, far lower than the rate of roofer deaths per year.

A recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) pamphlet described roofing and carpentry as “two major classes of hazardous work.” The Bureau of Labor statistics states that roofing has “one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations.” Injuries tend to be more serious in this occupation, and therefore more costly. That is because roofers especially, but also a significant number of carpentry and construction workers, are more likely to experience a fall involving heights.

Roofing injuries can result in financial hardship for a worker and his family if the correct course of action is not taken. Some roofing injuries can take years to fully recuperate from, whereas others may leave the worker unable to continue roofing or suffering from a long-term disability. When the injury is serious, a roofer should consult an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney, preferably one also  quite familiar with workers compensation cases.

According to Ankin Law, in Illinois, the already complex legal situation surrounding a serious injury is complicated by workers compensation laws protecting employers from worker injury law suits.  However, the injured worker can pursue a personal injury claim against a liable third party. Consulting a skilled Chicago personal injury attorney can help an injured worker to get all of the compensation he deserves, something especially important when a worker is facing a lengthy recuperation or finds out his roofing days are over.

Long-term medical costs for serious injuries are often underestimated. According to OSHA,  approximately 63 percent of the workers compensation awarded in these cases is used toward health care costs. The injury-related financial fallout, like loss of wages, can stretch workers compensation benefits pretty tightly. A layperson may not recognize a third party liability within the circumstances surrounding the injury, and may forgo compensation that he is entitled to.

Contact Ankin Law today, at (844) 600-0000, to set up a consultation if you are dealing with an on-the-job injury. Always aggressive in pursuing workers rights to fair compensation, Ankin Law handles both workers compensation and personal injury cases.

Chicago personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney Howard Ankin has a passion for justice and a relentless commitment to defending injured victims throughout the Chicagoland area. With decades of experience achieving justice on behalf of the people of Chicago, Howard has earned a reputation as a proven leader in and out of the courtroom. Respected by peers and clients alike, Howard’s multifaceted approach to the law and empathetic nature have secured him a spot as an influential figure in the Illinois legal system.

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