Advocating for You in Construction Site Accidents in New York

While under construction or repair, the walls and roofs of New York City buildings are typically unstable. In addition, construction can create instability in surrounding buildings. Contractors are supposed to inspect these structures for damage that could lead to collapse and take immediate steps to rectify the situation. Sadly, the negligence of owners, contractors, its agents and employers are often discovered only after a serious accident occurs.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is solely a personal injury and wrongful death law firm. By concentrating on this one area of practice for more than 30 years, our lawyers can devote our expertise and resources to maximizing your recovery and get you then money and benefits you deserve. A construction accident can leave you unable to work for weeks or years or forever. The financial toll compounds the physical and emotional price you face because of another person’s or corporation’s negligence. We help to mitigate your financial hardships by recovering your money and benefits as soon as possible.

Our New York City roof collapse attorneys are your advocates. We thoroughly investigate your claim to determine what happened and who is at fault. We recognize the mental, emotional and financial hardship on you and your family. We expedite your civil case and your workers’ compensation claims. We fight for an equitable settlement in a lawsuit against the property owner, the contractor, or any other negligent party. If we believe it is in your best interests, we do not hesitate to take your claim to trial.

Reasons for Wall and Roof Collapse During Construction

Most buildings in New York City are multi-floor structures, many of which tower over the city dozens of stories high. These buildings must be designed to precise specifications using the right building materials. One mistake or miscalculation and the building can shift or crumble. Unfortunately, these horrible collapses, accidents, injuries and death are often the result of owners, contractors, their agents and employers cutting on worker safety putting profit ahead of people.

For example, these factors can result in the collapse of a structure:

  • Inexperienced, incompetent, inept, unskilled people on the jobsite
  • Inferior building materials
  • Architectural or engineering miscalculation
  • Unstable or shifting foundation
  • Instability created during demolition or construction of a nearby building
  • Poor maintenance of an older building
  • Failure to repair cracks and other structural problems
  • Constructing, repairing, renovating in a negligent manner

Injuries Resulting from a Building Collapse

Although the red flags may show over time, the collapse of a building often occurs in an instant, leaving little opportunity to escape. As a result, construction workers within and around the structure may suffer from serious injuries, including brain damage, spinal cord injuries, fractures, amputations and crush injuries. In addition, the collapse of walls or ceiling may compromise the integrity of gas pipes and electrical wiring that can trigger explosion or fire.

Adjacent residents may also be placed in serious jeopardy as their building also suffers damage as a result of the poor construction conditions next door.

Recover Money and Benefits for Injuries Related to Building Collapse

Call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410 to schedule your free appointment to discuss your wall or ceiling collapse claim. Our offices are located in Manhattan, Bronx, Jericho, Deer Park or White Plains for you convenience. There is no risk in calling because you do not pay us unless we recover money or benefits for you under our contingency fee plan.