Are you in considering installing solar panels on your roof as an alternative energy source? If so, have you considered what your rights are concerning the Tort law while the installation contractors are on site?
What is the Tort Law?
Before we look at reasons why you can file a personal injury lawsuit, let’s first look at a succinct definition of the Tort Law as it will provide the foundation for further discussions on this topic:
At the outset of this discussion, it is important to note that the Personal Injury Law is also known as the Tort Law. And these terms are used interchangeably.
Thus, the Tort Law is defined by the dictionary.law.com as “a civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another. ” In other words, if a legal entity’s actions, whether intentional or not, causes physical and/or psychological injury, the entity can be held liable for financial damages relating to the injury.
Reasons for a personal injury lawsuit during the solar panel installation
According to the Toledo personal injury attorney, it is entirely possible that injuries can occur while contractors are installing solar panels on the roof of your house. Here are some of the ways that this can happen:
If the contractors are not careful about where they place ladders, tools, and solar panels while they are on site, there is a risk that you, your family members, and visitors might trip and fall over some of the equipment should the contractors leave it lying around.
Essentially, the onus is on the contractors to make sure that they do not leave anything lying around, and that they block off the area where they are working so that people do not walk in the construction zone.
If the solar panels are installed haphazardly, the risk exists that they can fall through the roof into the house and onto anyone that is in the house at the time. Not only can this cause physical injuries like head injuries or broken bones, but the shock of heavy objects falling through the roof can also cause emotional trauma.
Again, the burden is on the contractors to ensure that they comply with the minimum regulations when installing the solar panels on the roof. Otherwise, they can be held liable for a personal injury to the inhabitants of the house.
Because part of the solar panel installation is an electrical installation, mainly if the solar panels will be used to charge batteries, that in turn, will be used to power household appliances, it is vital that an electrical compliance certificate is obtained as part of the installation.
The installation contractors are responsible for contacting an electrician to handle this part of the installation. If they don’t ensure that the electrical component is not compliant, they can be held liable for any injuries resulting from the use of any household appliances.