Brooklyn Building Collapse Attorney

Were you involved in a building collapse in New York?

As buildings age and require various maintenance, ongoing construction is a regular occurrence. Additionally, Brooklyn – and New York City as a whole – is experiencing a boom in the erection of new buildings. These new initiatives increase the risk of building collapses. At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we are aware of the dangers associated with a building collapse, which affect not only the occupants of the building but also any nearby construction workers and pedestrians.

If you have been hurt in a building collapse at a construction site in Brooklyn, or anywhere in the state of New York, it is vitally important that you not simply accept that all you have is a workers' compensation case. There are specific statutes enacted to protect workers at construction sites in the state of New York from things like the collapse of a building or the collapse of a structure, whether that structure is permanent or temporary. If you have been hurt by a collapsing structure or building at a construction site in Brooklyn, you have a potential claim under New York State’s Labor Law.

There are two different sections that generally apply to these types of injuries. One of them, Labor Law 240(1) protects workers in the event of an injury involving the work of gravity – which refers to falling items, like part of a building, for instance. Another section that also applies is Labor Law section 241(6). This section of law incorporates the New York state industrial code and a lot of the specific conduct regulating rules to protect workers who are exposed to hazards associated with collapsing structures or buildings.

Our team of lawyers have years of litigation experience assisting construction accident victims just like you, helping them get the compensation they are entitled to, due to someone else's negligence. For a free consultation, get into contact with us today.

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Protecting Your Rights After a Building Collapse in Brooklyn

After suffering injuries in a building collapse accident in Brooklyn, New York, be sure to do the following things. If you are seeking compensation, this can help give you a more solid defense.

  • Notify your employer of the injury and accident immediately.
  • Document the accident scene with pictures or videos, and any injuries you may have sustained.
  • Get medical care as soon as you can. This will allow a doctor to identify and record any injuries you suffered in the accident.
  • Follow the advice of your healthcare specialists. Your employer may issue you a return to work order if you do not receive treatment in a timely manner.
  • Keep copies of the documents related to your claim, such as medical records, pay stubs/income statements, and any other related bills or invoices.
  • Consider keeping a journal of the recovery process, as well as how it has impacted your life.

Identifying the Responsible Party in Building Collapse Accidents

Finding the origin of an accident is crucial when buildings collapse and people suffer significant injuries. A building can collapse for a variety of reasons, and frequently, these mishaps are the consequence of insufficient safety measures or inadequate supervision.

Who may be financially responsible for a building's collapse?

  • Architects
  • Demolition Companies
  • Engineers
  • General Contractors
  • Manufacturers of Defective Materials or Tools
  • Material suppliers
  • Property owners
  • Subcontractors

Building collapses frequently result from, but are not limited to:

  • Poor structural design - When new construction is started, specified blueprints are used. If the structural design is flawed, the structure may eventually collapse.
  • Oversized loads: If a large machine is placed on top of the building or if one particular feature puts an excessive amount of weight on it without providing enough support, the structure may collapse.
  • Failure of the building's foundation - Building collapses don't usually start at the top. When the foundation fails, the building may move, placing too much strain on one side and potentially causing the collapse of the entire structure.

At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we handle building collapse related claims on behalf of construction workers who sustain injuries in preventable accidents. For a free consultation, get in touch with us today.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

Accident victims only have three years under New York state law to initiate a personal injury lawsuit. You only have 30 days to notify your employer of the accident in order to qualify for workers' compensation payments. And, you have a year from the date of the initial notice to submit the actual workers' compensation claim.

Call Brandon J. Broderick Now to Discuss Your New York Building Collapse Accident

Building collapses can result in fatalities or injuries that leave behind emotional and physical scars for a very long time, whether they happen during construction, destruction, or due to poor maintenance. You must immediately get in touch with a Brooklyn construction accident lawyer who can look into the circumstances surrounding the accident and fight for your rights if you or someone you love has suffered injuries as a consequence of a building collapse.

Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, has a lengthy history of winning claims involving building collapses and other tragedies related to construction.

You are not alone. We have offices in Brooklyn, and throughout New York State, including the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, Rochester, and New Rochelle. Our construction accident lawyers will come to you wherever you are in New York. Call 877-740-7603

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