Most residents love the mild winters and sunny summer days in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities. But the climate can present some challenges for the typical shingle roof found in other parts of the country. Asphalt shingles degrade rapidly in the sun, so many home builders and construction companies opt for more durable terra cotta roof tiles. Not only do these roof tiles provide added longevity, but they also enhance the visual appeal of the structures with a more Mediterranean appearance.
But the downside to these roof tiles is that each is independently attached to the roof with a large nail. And when the nail comes loose, or the tile is damaged, it can become a severe safety hazard. In most cases, damage to these roof tiles only occurs during a storm with a high wind carrying debris that can crack the tiles or if a gust lifts them and cause them to crack. But regardless of the cause of the damage, once the tile has been broken and is loose on the roof, it becomes a severe safety hazard for anyone walking near the structure. So property owners need to have all tile roofs inspected regularly to prevent potentially life-threatening injuries.
If you have been the victim of a falling broken roof tile, please get in touch with DTLA Law Group today. Our staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions about a potential falling broken roof tile injury lawsuit and set an appointment to meet with one of our lawyers. The call and the consultation are free to ensure that injury victims have a trustworthy resource when they have suffered an injury due to a falling roof tile and need to protect themselves and their rights.
What Makes A Falling Roof Tile So Dangerous?
Humans are instinctive creatures. When we sense or see an object that could be a safety hazard, we naturally flinch away from it and try to protect ourselves. When the object is at eye level or above, the natural reaction is to cover your face and head with your hands or arms for added protection. But when an object like a broken roof tile comes sailing off a roof, you have no warning in most cases. And no ability to protect your face and head from injury.
In addition, these masonry tiles can weigh over five pounds and have sharp edges and corners that come to a point much like a dagger. So when you are hit with this massive piece of flying debris, the injuries can be catastrophic. Even if only part of a broken tile strikes your body, the impact can cause you to fall, creating added injuries.
Typical Injuries Sustained Due To A Falling Broken Roof Tile
Any time a piece of debris falls from above you, the first concern is head or facial injuries. That is the reason construction site workers wear a hard hats. Protecting the skull is vital to ensuring safety in an environment where falling objects are common. But it is unrealistic to expect everyone to walk around in a hard hat. So if they encounter a falling broken roof tile, they are likely to sustain any of the following injuries:
- Head injuries including concussion, skull fracture, traumatic brain injury, scalp laceration
- Facial injuries such as eye, nose, mouth, or tooth damage, lacerations, or contusions
- Compression injuries to the neck or spine
- Spinal cord damage
- Broken or fractured bones
- Dislocated joints
- Soft tissue damage, including sprains, strains, or tears to muscle or tendons
- Nerve damage
- Internal injuries to organs
- Puncture wounds or large lacerations
These are just some of the injuries that can occur when a falling roof tile strikes you. Sadly, the impact of the roof tile is only the beginning of the issue, as equally severe injuries happen when the victim falls to the ground. Even mild injuries can be deceiving due to the shock of the incident. So a complete medical evaluation is always vital to ensure the safety of the injury victim.
Who Is Responsible For Your Falling Roof Tile Injuries?
The short answer is that several parties might be responsible for your injuries. The most common thought is that the property owner is liable due to premises liability. This is the portion of our legal system that outlines the level of care that property owners must provide to ensure the safety of others on the property. If the property owner failed to eliminate or repair safety hazards, they could be considered negligent and be found responsible for your injuries.
The other possibilities are less commonly considered by the average injury victim. However, it is possible that the falling broken tile was either defective or installed incorrectly. If the tile was found to be defective, for example, it was thinner than the manufacturer’s specifications or was too brittle, the manufacturer could be responsible. Conversely, if the tile was not installed according to the manufacturer’s requirements, the roofing company that installed the tile could be to blame for your injuries.
Relying On The Expertise At DTLA Law Group
With at least three possible choices, you are likely to have no idea who is genuinely to blame for your injuries or how to determine whom you might sue. That is why the services of the expert legal team at DTLA Law Group are so valuable. The staff has decades of combined experience working with expert witnesses, testing facilities, and other professionals in the roofing industry to determine the actual cause of the injuries you sustained and whom to hold responsible.
Helping To Solve The Mystery
Unfortunately, some information that can help determine who is to blame for your injuries could only be visible briefly after the accident. So it can be very beneficial to gather some information before leaving the incident scene, such as the contact information for witnesses to the injuries. However, your health and safety are always the priority. So if you need immediate medical attention, ask a loved one to help gather the information. Or contact DTLA Law Group to visit the site and begin preparing the information that can secure the compensation you need from the responsible party.
Some of the essential items include:
- Images of your injuries
- Pictures of the hazards that caused your injuries, including broken roof tiles lying on the ground or other objects that you feel on when the roof tile hit you
- Photos of the general area and the roof with specific images of any damaged roof tile still on the roof, tiles hanging over the edge of the roof, or areas on the roof that are missing roof tiles
In addition to still pictures, the area’s security cameras could have captured the entire incident. This information can be beneficial in determining where the tiles came from and if there was already roof tile debris on the ground to indicate a long-term issue with the roof tiles.
Understanding The Statue Of Limitations
The Statute of Limitations is the time limit that a victim has to file a claim with the court system to seek compensation for injuries or damages. In most cases in California, the time limit is two years from the date of the incident. However, in the case of premises liability, the time limit is only six months if a government entity owns the property. For example, if the roof tiles fell from a private home or a store, you have two years to make your claim. But if the roof tiles feel from a public school or the police station, you have only six months to have your case prepared and filed with the court system. If the case is not filed in the appropriate time, you will typically forfeit your right to seek any compensation.
What Is A Falling Broken Roof Tile Injury Lawsuit Worth?
Your lawsuit value will be determined by the expenses and losses you incur due to the injuries you sustained. The staff at DTLA Law Group will guide you in compiling all the costs and bills that could be included in your claim, such as:
What Sets DTLA Law Group Apart?
- All of your medical bills
- Any lost wages if you could not work or for work missed to attend medical appointments to treat the injuries
- Your legal fees
- The value of any personal property damaged in the incident
- A dollar amount to account for your pain and suffering
When you work with the staff at DTLA Law Group, you will quickly discover that our focus is always in the best interest of our clients. They come first in everything we do, from the free consultation to never asking for upfront payments. After an injury from a falling roof tile, you will be experiencing a great deal of stress. And our goal is to provide the answers and solutions you need to eliminate that worry and focus on your recovery.
Finally, we never get paid for our work until you have the settlement or verdict you need to cover your legal fees. And If we fail, you owe us nothing. So there is never any financial risk for you. So please contact DTLA Law Group today to discuss your falling broken roof tile injury lawsuit and to begin moving past this traumatic event.