The good news is that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the job growth in the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) field at 34% through 2020 which means there will be a lot of work.
The bad news is that you can still be sued. Consider this recent Louisiana case:
- A homeowner sued an HVAC company because of alleged faulty instructions received from a company employee. The plaintiff alleged that she went into an attic with the employee. When she moved around the HVAC unit, she fell through the unprotected ceiling to the floor below and broke her leg.
- The plaintiff claimed the employee asked her to look in a certain spot but did not shine his flashlight (which he was holding) on the hazardous area. She also alleged that the employee knew of the hazard but failed to warn her and that he did not take reasonable steps to protect her safety.
While the amount being sued for was unspecified, the damages she is suing for include these ten items:
- Additional hotel expenses
- Wages for someone to oversee contractor work
- Rental fees for an apartment in Texas
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental pain and suffering
- Keen mental anguish and more