The Big Apple is no freshly picked fruit. No, New York City is one of the oldest cities in the United States, having been founded as New Amsterdam in 1624. Of course, very few of the city’s buildings are more than 100 years old, but many of them are in ill repair. When you combine the condition of many of New York City’s buildings with the weather extremes we experience, it’s no surprise ceilings collapse every year. If you’ve experienced a ceiling collapse, whether in your apartment, at work, or at a friend’s place, you may be entitled to compensation from the liable party or parties. To find out more about your legal rights and options, you’ll want to speak to a qualified NY premises liability attorney. For over 50 years, the legal team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP has been successfully representing residents of The City That Never Sleeps. Call our offices at (212) 986-7353 for a free consultation.
Any number of parties can be held liable for a ceiling collapse, beginning with the building’s owner and the management company charged with maintaining the building. Events like ceiling collapses usually fall under the heading of premises liability. To have a successful premises liability claim, you need to prove that the party charged with maintaining the building knew that the ceiling needed repair and failed to have it fixed in a reasonable amount of time.
Another party that could be held liable would be the construction company that built the building or the contractor who did the repairs to the ceiling. It’s not unheard of for such parties to perform poor workmanship or not build up to building codes to save money.
If the collapse was caused by a faulty product, such as the ceiling joists, the sheetrock, or the drywall screws used to hang the sheetrock, you may have a viable product liability claim against the product’s manufacturer. Suppose a sink in the apartment upstairs was faulty and leaked, causing the plaster in the ceiling below to weaken and collapse. The manufacturer of that sink could also be subject to a product liability lawsuit.
If you’ve experienced a ceiling or building collapse, you may be entitled to compensation for any of the following damages:
- Property damage or loss
- Costs of an alternate dwelling, such as a hotel room, while your apartment is being repaired.
- Costs of lost business if the collapse occurred at a business you owned.
- Current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental duress
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of vehicle and household modifications to accommodate your injuries
- Hedonic damages if your permanent injury caused a loss of joy of life
- Lost wages
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Diminished earning potential
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death damages if the ceiling collapse took the life of a loved one
Whether you were in your own home, a business, a friend’s apartment, at work, at school, or in a public place, you can be compensated for your losses and injuries. To get the settlement you deserve, it is crucial that you consult a skilled attorney. The NY personal injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have been fighting for the rights of NYC’s injury victims for half a century, and will put their knowledge, tenacity, and experience to work on your claim. For a free case evaluation, call (212) 986-7353 today.
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