There are numerous safety protocols to prevent building collapse and make necessary New York City demolitions safer. However, accidents still happen. Whether there was a complete building collapse, an unsafe demolition, or a floor or ceiling fell through, the injuries can be severe.
If you have building collapse injuries after a New York City construction site accident, call Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek P.C. We will explain your rights as a construction worker. We’ll help you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
It’s important to figure out exactly who may be responsible for your accident. There may be more than one liable party for a botched demolition or collapse. They should all be held responsible. If you don’t name everyone liable, you may not get the compensation you deserve.
Some parties who may be liable in partial or total building collapse include:
Various factors can impact the structural integrity of a construction project in New York City. Some common causes of building collapse include the following:
If you are injured on the job, you may have two options for recovering compensation to help you move forward with life – workers’ compensation and a New York City personal injury lawsuit.
If your employer or a coworker is to blame, you will likely be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. This will cover all your medical expenses and some of your lost wages. You can also get disability compensation. You cannot get money for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering from a workers’ comp claim.
If a third party had a part in the collapse of the building, you could file a third-party personal injury lawsuit. This will allow you to collect compensation for all of your damages. Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek P.C. can help you recover:
In some cases, you might be able to get punitive damages, which are meant to punish the wrongdoer. This is often the case if someone fails to comply with established New York City Labor Laws or their actions are especially egregious.
Chapter 33 of the NYC Building Code addresses building demolition and construction safeguards. It establishes the following:
Every New York construction site must comply with these building codes. Contractors should also appoint a safety inspector to ensure NYC building codes are followed.
During construction or demolition, it is also likely that an inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will visit the site. If an inspector finds that a construction site violates a code, the General Contractor or site owner may be responsible for fines, and they may be shut down until compliance occurs.
If you were injured in a building collapse on a New York City worksite, you have options for compensation. You need to act fast to recover the compensation you need and deserve. Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek P.C. has a team of NYC legal professionals with experience handling cases like yours.
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