Roofing jobs are dangerous work — they become even riskier when preventable hazards are caused and safety protocols are not followed.
Attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek are representing an injured roofer in the case of Alvarado v. Next Generation Roofing Contractors LLC. Other defendants include another roofing company, as well as the property owners, for a fall that’s left our client disfigured and with costly losses and medical bills.
Pierce Skrabanek is located in Houston, Texas, where construction, trucking, and oil rig accidents endanger employees every day. Those hard and honest workers deserve proper safety protections to prevent injuries, as well as fair compensation when they’re hurt on the job.
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident and need representation, you can reach us online or by calling (832) 690-7000. We can help you explore your legal options to hold all parties accountable, and seek the compensation you deserve while trying to make yourself whole again after an injury or a loss.
For more information on the case of Alvarado v. Next Generation Roofing, read on.
What Occurred That Led to This Case?
The circumstances surrounding the case of Alvarado v. Next Generation Roofing include the following details:
- Jaun Sanchez Alvarado was working as a contract roofer for Next Generation
- He was hired by Alpha Elite Roofing & Restoration LLC
- The job was on the premises of Frank and Gay Baker to work on the roof
- Alvarado claims that the portion of roof he worked on was slippery with recently sprayed wasp repellant, causing him to fall
- Alvarado has filed a complaint against all the above-named parties for negligence and premises liability issues
The allegations include the negligence of both the property owners and his employers for their failures to provide a safe work environment.
For the property owners, the claims involve the creation of a slipping hazard, and failing to warn of it before he entered such a dangerous working condition. For the employers, the claims involve failures to properly train supervisors and other employees on maintenance and inspection procedures, and to have proper safety protocols and preventative barriers in place.
Negligence is proven by showing:
- A duty of care owed (such as from employer to employee)
- A failure or breach of that duty
- That those failures caused measurable injuries or harm
What Claims Are Being Made?
Mr. Alvarado claims that the creation of a hazard and the failure to warn him about it, combined with the lack of safety measures to prevent injury, caused his severely damaging fall. He is seeking the amounts of $250,000 and $1 million from the two contributing sides of this injury (property owners and employers), plus all other just relief that may be decided by a jury.
He also states that his employers don’t subscribe to worker’s compensation, and so is seeking damages for:
- Medical bills for emergency and follow-up treatment
- Lost earnings and wages
- Pain and suffering due to injuries
A jury or judge may also choose to award punitive or “punishment” damages if they feel anyone acted particularly poorly in Mr. Alvarado’s case. Had his fall from a roof caused his death, his surviving loved ones would have been able to file a wrongful death suit for the damages listed above.
Mr. Alvarado is being represented by Michael Pierce and Mark Guerra of Pierce Skrabanek. If you need similar representation, contact us online or by calling (832) 690-7000 as soon as you are able — our attorneys stand ready to help you.
What Injuries Can You Get From Falling Off a Roof?
In the case of Mr. Alvarado, he states that the injuries and disfigurements suffered were so severe, he had to be helicoptered to the hospital for treatment. In construction, maritime jobs, and industrial workplace and scaffolding scenarios, falls from unsafe heights can cause life-altering or fatal injuries like:
- Head, neck, and spinal injuries that could cause paralysis or permanent handicaps and pain from nerve damage
- Brain injuries that affect a person’s ability to move, speak, think, or remember
- Broken bones that cause long-lasting pain can possibly permanent limps or inability to work in the building, repair, or demolition industry you’re trained in
- Lacerations that can cause devastating disfigurement to the face or body
- Amputations that may create lifetime difficulties in daily tasks like driving, walking, or entering places with stairs
It’s said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With injuries so profound as these that can be suffered from a rooftop fall, it’s imperative that employers think of worker safety beforehand. For Mr. Alvarado, that opportunity has already passed. By filing a lawsuit, he can seek personal compensation, and also incentivize reform — the failures he’s alleging should never injure another worker.
By filing a personal injury claim, you can seek justice for yourself, and benefit other employees just like you by incentivizing better safety standards.
What Happens Next? Contact Pierce Skrabanek
The Alvarado v. Next Generation Roofing case shows the preventable danger one worker was put in, as well as the profound losses he suffered due to injury. If you too have a case of workplace negligence, you also deserve justice.
At Pierce Skrabanek, our successful verdicts and settlements have helped heal injured parties and their families, especially those faced with long-term care needs. Our case results include another roofer who received a $1.8 million verdict for a spinal injury — it involved a woman employed by a roofing company who fell through a skylight. We are ready to seek results for you as well.
You can reach us by filling out our online contact form or by calling (832) 690-7000 whenever you’re ready. We’re here to help build the real, tangible solutions you need and are entitled to under the law.
“Michael and the Pierce Skrabanek team were very professional, always available (even on weekends), and very knowledgeable. We appreciate their hard work on our case and the time they took to explain every detail as our case progressed. Mike is a phenomenal attorney and we highly recommend them for your legal needs.”