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Many people want to be sustainability conscious, and will consider and then install solar panels on their roofs. These solar panels are put in place, to help a homeowner or business owner to save money on electricity, by using solar power to power up the building and business or home.

But there is a dark side to using solar panels. The solar panels have to be put into place by a highly experienced or reputable business, or the entire roof can collapse. If the roof collapses, then the structural integrity of the home or building will not only be at stake, but will in many cases be completely forfeited. Let’s review the case of a solar panel roof collapse, and find out what you can do if this happens to you.

Code Requirements of Installing Solar Panels Must Be Strictly Enforced

If you are contracting an installer to put in solar panels on your roof, you need to have the code requirements for your home of business strictly adhered to for this type of installation. In general, the codes and standards for minimum requirements have to be adhered to, as a requirement to put in solar panels on a roof.

Most solar panels weigh around 40 pounds each, and if they are installed on the roof of a building structure, they may be too heavy for the structure. Doing the math quickly, that means that if you installed 20 solar panels on a roof, you are adding around 800 pounds to the roof. There needs to be a verified and certified inspection from a certified professional roofer to determine if a roof is clear to withstand these additional weights up on the roof.

Solar panels are made up of solar cells, aluminum framing and tempered glass. There is also a maze of wiring that will accompany the solar panel installation. If the wiring is not performed properly upon installation, it can be a fire hazard to the home or office structure, where the solar panels are installed.

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Prior Undisclosed Damage to the Roofing Structure Will Compromise the Solar Panels Being Installed

If the roof that is meant to take on new solar panels has had some prior damage, then installing the solar panels may be the straw that breaks the roof’s back, so to speak. In relation to installing solar panels, if a roof is already damaged, is not well constructed or has leaks and other issues, installing solar panels is going to weaken the roofing structure.

Mold, mildew, slime or other unattended to water damage will make it unsafe to install a solar panel onto the roof. If several solar panels are installed on a damaged roof, it is highly likely to cave the already weakened structure of the roof into the living areas of the home or office. This can lead to a dangerous collapse of the roof down into the living or working areas of the building, falling on workers and inhabitants. There will be necessary personal injuries or even death if this situation does occur. You need to have had a competent inspector to review the integrity of the roof, to determine that it was strong enough to support the addition of solar panels in the first instance.

Poor Installation of Solar Panels Can Wreck the Integrity of a Roof

If you hired someone to install solar panels on the roof, and the installation is not properly performed, then it will destroy the integrity of the roof. This alone can cause a roof to come tumbling down into the interior areas of a home or business. Solar panels are installed on a roof with racks for the panels, and other equipment for the solar panels to function properly.

Personal Injuries from a Roof Collapse from a Solar Panel Installation

When a ceiling or roof collapses because of a poor solar panel installation, you need to give us a call. You can suffer serious personal injuries from a roof collapse, including:

  • Back injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones
  • Concussion
  • Death
  • Paralysis
  • Falling debris chunks burying victims alive

If you have been injured by a solar panel roof collapse, you need to give our office a call today. You do not need to feel overwhelmed by this case. Just call our knowledgeable attorneys at the DTLA Law Group today.

Homeowners’ Liability for a Solar Panel Installation Accident

In California, homeowners have a legal obligation to prevent injuries to those who are on their property. That’s why they have to clean and maintain all aspects of their premises and ensure that there are no dangerous conditions that can result in an accident.

With solar panels, the workers in charge of installing the panels may be injured if the roof is weak or structurally compromised. If the problems with the roof are due to the owner’s failure to make repairs, violating city building codes, or some other act of negligence, the worker may have cause to file a lawsuit against the property owner.

Injuries can also happen to guests and visitors, or people renting the home from a landlord or management company. If, for example, a roof with solar panels collapses, the people underneath are at risk of devastating injuries. Aside from being hit with debris from the roof, the panels themselves can inflict serious injuries, as they are made from glass and weigh around 40 pounds on average. This is another situation where the homeowner is liable, though it’s possible that the installation company may be at fault. Sometimes, responsibility for a solar energy panel injury is shared between the homeowner and the installation firm.

Keep in mind that the addition of solar panels to a roof also increases the likelihood of a fire. Generally, electrical fires involving solar energy panels are blamed on the installers or the manufacturer of the panels (which may be one and the same). But a homeowner may be at fault as well if they fail to keep up with maintenance of the panels, like having them inspected every 2 years. Renters, visitors, and others that are on the property can sue for monetary damages if they were injured in a solar panel fire due to negligence by the homeowner.

Regardless of who is to blame for your accident, finding an experienced personal injury attorney is critical if you’ve been injured from a falling solar panel. Alternatively, if you are a contractor who was injured while installing a solar panel, we can help you file a workers’ compensation claim, and possibly, a third party lawsuit against the homeowner.

Workers’ Compensation for Solar Panel Installers

Workplace injuries are very common among technicians and contractors that work on the roof. These include solar system installers, who are dealing with heavy units of glass while they are high off the ground.

Frankly, it’s always risky being up on the roof of a structure that you’re not familiar with. You have no idea how sturdy the roof is, or if there are sections that are rotted or weakened from lack of maintenance. You can, of course, end up injured even if the roof is in perfect shape. If you lose your balance and fall off the roof, it’s more than likely that you will end up with serious injuries, like broken bones, spinal cord injury, and ruptured organs.

If you sustained an injury during the course of your job duties, you have the right to seek payment from the state’s workers’ compensation system. While the benefits are guaranteed by the state, they are handled by private insurance companies that are chosen by the employer. Thus, you will need to report your accident to your employer within 30 days, though you really should do this right away. They will notify you of the doctor to go to, though if you have severe injuries, you can go to the nearest ER and contact your employer as soon as possible.

An accident injury of solar panel installers can be a very complicated case, due to the long-term harm and suffering that’s associated with these incidents. Even if you are eligible for workers’ compensation, the insurance company may dispute certain aspects of your claim, like how seriously you have been injured. As a result, they may refuse to pay you certain benefits or refuse to provide you with workers’ comp beyond a certain number of weeks or months. A solar panel workplace injury lawyer at our office can help you understand your rights and represent you in a workers’ compensation hearing against your employer.

Our lawyers also have extensive experience with third party liability claims in case you have grounds to file a lawsuit against the property owner. We know this is a lot to process when you are struggling to recover from an accident. But rest assured that we are with you every step of the way, and we will not rest until you receive every penny you deserve if you are the victim of a solar panel installation injury.

How Much Do these Cases Settle for?

Receiving a fair and adequate compensation amount is crucial to the recovery process. With that in mind, we understand why people contact us to ask about the average case value of a solar panel accident injury claim. Generally, they are looking for a singular value that can help them get a sense of what their own lawsuit is worth. In reality, the total amount that you can receive is based on many factors that are unique to your accident. If we were pressed to give an estimate of average values, $150,000 – $1,250,000 is a good range to keep in mind. But you should not assume the value of your own solar penal injury claim based on these numbers. Instead, contact our law firm and talk to a lawyer with experience in solar panel installation injuries.

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We offer to every client a zero-fee guarantee. That means that we do not require you to make any deposits to us, before we will start working on your case. For this reason, you can call us today to have us start discussing your claim for being injured when there is a solar panel roof collapse at your home or business.

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We are able to offer to you a free second opinion on your case of a solar panel roof collapse. You can talk to a lawyer with experience in this type of case law, when you call us at the DTLA Law Group. We are here for you now, and you can align with an attorney with expertise in your area of law. We will get you the money in recovery compensation that you need and deserve, in this type of case.

Can I Sue for a Solar Panel Roof Collapse that Caused Me Personal Injuries?

Yes, we can sue for personal injuries from a solar panel roof collapse. You need to call the DTLA Law Group, to talk to our Los Angeles case lawyers, who can file a lawsuit on your behalf right away. You can take heart that we know what to do next, to get back the money in recovery compensation that you require to be whole in this case. We understand that you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, but our case attorneys in Los Angeles can sue the people who are responsible for your losses, personal injuries and lost wages.

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You can call us now for a free consultation if you are injured from a solar panel roof collapse. We can talk to you about your case when you give us a call this afternoon. We don’t want you to be out of pocket on these types of cases. Just call now!

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