There are numerous safety protocols to prevent building collapse and make necessary demolitions safer. However, accidents still happen. Whether there was a complete building collapse, and 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 and how to 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 party that should be held accountable for a botched demolition or collapse. 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:
Someone’s negligence on the job causes most situations. Negligence is a legal theory indicating that someone had a legal duty and didn’t uphold that duty. Their actions or inaction resulted in building collapse injuries and financial damages.
When negligence is involved in a building collapse, you can typically file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or company at fault to recover your damages.
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 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 but only some of your lost wages. You can also get disability compensation. Keep in mind. You cannot get money for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
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 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 construction site must comply with these 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 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 in New York City, you have options, but you need to act fast to secure the compensation you need and deserve. Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek P.C. has a team of legal professionals with experience handling cases like yours.
“I retained Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek for a serious personal injury case. They were very professional and managed to obtain a settlement for me that far exceeded my expectations. I would strongly recommend this firm for anyone’s legal needs.”