Queens Building Collapse Accident Lawyers
Construction never ends in Queens. Nevertheless, safely erecting a building is an enormously complicated task, and many errors can cause a building to collapse. Many builders are under significant stress to get projects completed on tight deadlines, and a few contractors have been known to cut corners. As a result, some buildings fall on innocent workers.
If you were injured in a Queens building collapse, you should contact our law firm. We have the experience to analyze what caused the structure to fall and who is to blame. We can also help you bring a claim for compensation.
Why Buildings Fall
A properly designed and constructed building should not fall. The fact that it was reduced to a pile of rubble is a signal that something was wrong.
Our Queens building collapse lawyers have seen buildings fall for the following reasons:
- Low-quality materials
- Defective design
- Engineering mistakes
- Lack of strength testing
- Errors in demolition, construction, or remodeling
- Incorrect load distribution
- Ceiling problems leading to a collapse
Often, it is not apparent what went wrong, and injured construction workers do not have the time to perform their own investigation. Contact our lawyers, who can help identify the cause of the accident.
Liability for Building Collapse
Assigning liability is crucial for a case because an injured worker's rights depend in many ways on who was responsible for the collapse. Possible parties include:
- General contractors
- Property owners
- Equipment suppliers
- Demolition companies
Often, problems arise because one of the above entities did not use sufficient care in carrying out their duties. As a result, the building is structurally compromised, which leads to the collapse.
Compensation for Your Injuries
Many of our clients who have survived a building collapse suffered terrible injuries. Some of the worst include fractures, crush injuries, brain damage, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and permanent nerve damage. Many will be permanently disabled and unable to work again.
Obtaining adequate compensation can be a challenge. New York's workers' compensation system provides immediate benefits for medical care and wage replacement, but often these benefits are inadequate. Other sources of compensation include claims against entities for negligent performance of their duties.
Some workers will die in a building collapse, leaving behind many grieving family members. They might qualify to bring a wrongful death claim, both inside the workers’ compensation system and outside it in the form of a third-party lawsuit.
Speak with Our Queens Building Collapse Accident Lawyers for an Initial Case Evaluation
Construction is a dangerous profession, but many accidents are avoidable, and a building collapse should be one of them. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in this type of accident, we want to hear from you.
The legal team at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman has more than 80 years of experience in construction injury law. Our team understands the relevant labor laws, including all the wrinkles that insurers try to use to their benefit.
Give us a call at 212-285-3300 or send in our contact form. Our consultations are free.