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.
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
- Broken bones
- 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.
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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!