New York Ceiling Collapse Accident Lawyer
New York City has thousands of residential and commercial buildings — some dating back several decades or more. However, not every owner ensures that their property is well-maintained, regardless of whether it is an old or new construction. Unfortunately, failure to make necessary repairs or remedy certain problems in a timely manner can cause structural damage or dangerous conditions that may lead to ceiling collapses.
If a ceiling fell on you in your apartment or office building, at a store, or another location, you may have sustained catastrophic injuries that can affect every aspect of your life. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. skillfully represents clients in ceiling collapse accidents caused by another’s negligence and strives to ensure they receive the highest possible verdict or settlement for their damages.
Causes of Ceiling Collapse Accidents
There can be many factors that contribute to ceiling collapse accidents. A ceiling collapse usually begins with indications such as sagging, water stains, cracked plaster, peeling paint, or other visible problems. If the underlying defect isn’t repaired properly, the issue can worsen over time and cause the ceiling or its structural supports to weaken.
Common causes of ceiling collapse accidents can include:
- Poor maintenance
- Failure to inspect
- Structural defects
- Architectural problems
- Leaky pipes or water damage
- Inadequate repairs
- Improper construction
- Building code violations
If the property owner, superintendent, management company, or landlord knew — or should have known — about the hazardous ceiling condition and failed to repair it within a reasonable amount of time, they may be held accountable for your injuries. A responsible party may also be held liable if they created the dangerous condition through their own actions, or inaction.
The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. provides effective counsel in even the most challenging ceiling accident cases. For more than three decades, we have been focused on achieving positive outcomes for our clients and obtaining the best possible results.
Ceiling Collapse Injuries
When a ceiling collapses, hundreds of pounds of plaster, drywall, insulation, and wood can come crashing down on the person below. Tragically, the impact of a ceiling accident can cause a victim to sustain serious injuries to the head and neck, as well as other parts of the body.
If your head has been struck by building materials that fell when a ceiling collapsed, you may sustain a concussion, contusion, or brain damage. Other injuries a ceiling collapse accident victim may suffer from can include lacerations, broken bones, fractured ribs, crush injuries, soft tissue injuries, nerve damage, and paralysis. If the ceiling is heavy enough, these kinds of accidents can also cause fatality.
It’s crucial to seek medical attention right away if you were hurt in a ceiling collapse accident. In addition to getting the treatment you need to resolve your injuries, medical documentation is necessary to build a strong personal injury claim. Your doctor may recommend diagnostic testing such as X-rays, MRIs, EMG-NCVs, and CAT scans to determine the extent of your ceiling collapse injuries. A treatment plan may include pain medication, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and sometimes even surgery.
A ceiling collapse accident can have devastating physical and emotional consequences. At The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., we take the time to understand how your injuries have impacted your life and fight to ensure you are compensated to the fullest extent for your losses.
Capable Counsel Helping You Obtain the Maximum Compensation Available
Being the victim of a ceiling collapse accident can cause you to incur substantial medical bills, and lose a significant amount of time from work. Based on the extent of your injuries, you may not be able to work at all. Whether the ceiling collapse occurred at home or in a public place, you may be entitled to compensation if someone else’s negligence contributed to the accident.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to recover your economic damages, including unreimbursed medical expenses, time lost from work, and out-of-pocket costs in connection with treatment for your injuries. You may also be eligible to receive monetary recovery for your non-economic damages, including the pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life you experienced due to your injuries.
Additionally, if you lost a loved one in a ceiling collapse accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death action. The spouse and dependents of a victim who passed away due to ceiling collapse injuries may be compensated for their pecuniary losses, such as the victim’s lost wages, funeral, and burial expenses. Family members are not able to recover compensation for the sorrow and grief they have endured due to losing a loved one in a ceiling collapse accident. However, they may be entitled to recover on behalf of the victim for the pain and suffering they experienced before they passed.
The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. offers high-quality representation and experienced advocacy for victims of ceiling collapse accidents and their families. We will strategically assess the facts of your case and work tirelessly to ensure the negligent party is held accountable for your injuries.
Contact a Skilled New York Ceiling Collapse Accident Lawyer
Ceiling collapse accidents are often unexpected — and they can result in extensive injuries. If you sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a ceiling collapse accident, it’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has been successfully representing ceiling collapse accident victims for over thirty years and securing the compensation they deserve.
The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has convenient office locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as mobile locations serving Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Contact us at 1-800-2-DEARIE for a consultation.