Most people never expect their roofs to come crashing down on their heads, but this happens more than you might think in New York. A roof collapse can lead to serious injuries, and in some cases, it can even cause death. These accidents can affect tenants, landlords, construction workers, and even firefighters who are trying to save lives. Who exactly is to blame for these accidents? One thing is certain — roofs are supposed to be dependable and sturdy. When these structures collapse, injured victims should have the chance to hold negligent parties liable.
If you have been injured in a roof collapse in New York, it is in your best interests to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A roof collapse can lead to considerable medical bills, missed wages, and a range of psychological damages. With help from our attorneys, you can file a lawsuit or pursue an insurance settlement that provides compensation for all of these losses.
Suing as a Tenant or Homeowner
If you were sitting in your home when your roof collapsed, you have the right to sue a number of potential parties. If you are a tenant, you could potentially sue your landlord. This is because your landlord has a legal responsibility to make sure your living environment is safe. This responsibility is also known as a “duty of care.” In addition, they are required to follow New York’s building code, which ensures that structures are constructed in a safe and proper manner. Violations of the building code can easily lead to lawsuits if injuries occur.
You could also potentially sue a construction company if you suffer a roof collapse as a homeowner. Even though you are responsible for what happens on your own property, construction companies can and should be held liable for shoddy workmanship. If you can prove that the roof collapse was directly caused by substandard roof repair or roof construction, you can hold the contractors liable and recover a settlement.
Suing as a Worker
You may have also suffered a roof collapse injury as a worker in New York. Roofing is one of the most dangerous construction jobs in the business, and roofers often suffer injuries due to roof collapses. That said, virtually any worker can suffer a roof collapse injury in certain circumstances. These injuries may occur either because a portion of the roof fell on top of a worker, or because the roof collapsed beneath the worker’s feet, causing them to fall a considerable distance.
Either way, this is considered a “gravity-related incident,” and you can therefore hold your employer or the property owner accountable under the Scaffold Law. The Scaffold Law ensures that employers and property owners have absolute liability for all gravity-related injuries.
Enlist the Help of a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have been searching the New York area for a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney, look no further than The Glassman Law Group. If your walls and roof are caving in, something has obviously gone terribly wrong. Make no mistake, you deserve to hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries. With our help, you can file a lawsuit and strive towards a fair, adequate settlement. Reach out today, and we can answer all of your questions during an initial consultation.