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Building Collapse Accidents

New York City, known for its impressive architecture and skyscrapers, faces the risk of devastating building collapses due to design or construction missteps. These accidents can result in severe injuries to workers, residents, pedestrians, and drivers in the vicinity. 

New York Building Collapse Accident Lawyers

All buildings, new and old, have to follow City and State Codes and standards. Construction also has to be done in compliance with OSHA regulations to ensure the safety of the finished structure, the workers, and the general public. Unscrupulous contractors who cut costs can create unsafe buildings which may pose numerous hazards, not only to occupants but to the general public as well. 

The lawyers at Porter Law Group have deep knowledge of building codes and safety regulations in the State and keep abreast with current developments. We can recover compensation for you if you’ve been injured as a tenant, resident, passerby, or construction worker due to a building collapse or structure failure caused by a property owner or contractor’s negligence. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a building collapse in New York City, Syracuse, Albany, Rochester, or anywhere in the State, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Porter Law Group are here to help. Our skilled legal team understands the complexities of construction laws and building regulations in New York. They are committed to fighting for the rights of those who fall victim to these tragic accidents. 

Contact the Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com for a free case evaluation. 

Why do Building Collapse Accidents in New York Happen?

Building collapses can occur during or after construction due to various factors, including:

  • Poor maintenance
  • Excessive construction loading
  • Weak temporary materials
  • Instability in foundations and structures
  • Poor design
  • Engineering mistakes
  • Poor material quality
  • Poorly executed demolition jobs
  • Construction worker errors 

Property owners and contractors are required to provide workers with safety equipment and follow guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to minimize the risk of accidents and injuries.

Builders are also required to follow certain codes enforced by the city and the state to secure the safety of future occupants. Defying these regulations in the interest of profit can result in severe injuries and even death. 

The following injuries are common in building collapses:

  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Fatalities

What type of Damages Can I Recover if I was a Victim of a Building Collapse in New York?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a building collapse in New York, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and trauma
  • Property damage 

Determining which type of compensation you are eligible for will require the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contractors and property owners often have premises liability insurance and deep pockets that they use to hire lawyers to negotiate cases in their favor or offer settlements for the least amount possible. Do not get cheated out of the financial compensation you deserve. Contact the Porter Law Group today, and let our experienced personal injury lawyers assist you. 

How are Building Collapse Cases Decided in New York?

Building collapse accidents fall under premises liability cases. Property owners are required under New York law to maintain a reasonably safe condition and warn occupants and the public of potential dangers. Should they be found negligent due to noncompliance with building codes, shoddy maintenance work, or other factors, they may be held liable and owe you financial compensation for injuries and damage. 

Should you suffer an injury or property damage due to a building collapse in New York, the following parties may be held liable:

  • Property owners
  • General Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Demolition Companies
  • Material Suppliers
  • Equipment Manufacturers 

Property owners and contractors are primarily held liable in a building collapse accident. Under Section 200 of the New York Labor Laws, they must provide reasonable and adequate protection for workers and bystanders. They also have to follow OSHA standards for construction work. Once the building is complete, regular maintenance is required.  Failure to comply with these and all other requirements by the City and the State could spell negligence on their part. 

Our experienced personal injury lawyers at the Porter Law Group are well-versed in the numerous construction and safety laws in New York. Should you sustain an injury due to a building collapse, we can conduct a thorough investigation with the help of experts and find out who is liable for any damages you’ve suffered. 

Contact a New York Building Collapse Attorney

If you have been injured in a building collapse accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately and report your injuries to your employer. The attorneys at Porter Law Group can help you pursue the compensation you deserve while you focus on your recovery. Our team will thoroughly investigate the incident to determine liability and negligence, working with construction experts, structural engineers, and safety inspectors to build a strong case on your behalf.

Don't hesitate to reach out for help. Call Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced New York building collapse attorneys.

Last Updated on May 22, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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