Roof decks, or rooftop decks as they’re commonly called, are pretty awesome. Not only do these decks provide an ideal place for hosting, relaxing, or enjoying food and drink with family or friends, but they also typically provide a gorgeous view, plenty of sunshine, or stargazing opportunities.
But as neat as a roof deck is, roof decks also have the potential to be dangerous. The most obvious hazard is the risk of falling off of the roof deck, which can have tragic consequences – falls from heights can even be fatal. But there are other injuries that can happen on roof decks, too, including slip and fall injuries, an injury while climbing stairs to the roof deck, injuries from falling objects if the roof deck has an overhead or pergola, and more. If you fall fall on or from a roof deck in Revere and suffer an injury, here’s a look at who you may be able to hold liable for your harm–
The Property Owner
In cases of injuries that occur on private or public properties, the first party that is often turned to when considering liability is the property owner. This is because property owners have a duty to maintain their properties in a safe and reasonably hazard-free condition; when this duty is breached and a visitor to the property suffers harm as a result, the property owner can be held liable for damages. In the case of a roof deck injury, dangerous conditions that a property owner should remedy within a reasonable amount of time include:
- Spills of substances, liquids, or foods;
- Broken stairs or handrails;
- Defective safety rails – if there is no safety rail, one should be installed;
- Uneven walking surfaces; and
- Trip and fall hazards, such as objects and debris in walking areas.
The Roof Deck Builder
Sometimes, a hazardous condition may exist on a roof deck that the property owner is completely unaware of, as it stems from a construction defect. For example, if a safety railing is not properly secured, it may give way when the weight of a body is placed upon it, leading to that individual falling off of the roof. The failure to construct a roof deck in accordance with safety and building regulations can make the roof deck dangerous.
If your slip and fall or fall off of a roof deck was caused by a construction defect, the builder of the roof deck may be held liable for your losses.
Our Revere Personal Injury Lawyers Fight for You
In addition to a property owner or builder of a roof deck, there may be other liable parties depending upon how your accident occurred. For example, if your fall was the result of assault, the party who attacked you may be held civilly liable for damages. When you call our Revere personal injury lawyers, we will open an investigation into your case to determine who’s at fault for your roof deck injuries, and how to bring forth a winning case. Please call us today at (781) 284-2900 or send us a message to request your free consultation.