Working on a construction site in Queens can be dangerous—especially if buildings are demolished incorrectly or are built on a faulty foundation. Any form of building collapse can result in serious injuries. These risks are heightened if construction workers are not provided with the proper protective gear.
If you have been involved in a building collapse accident while working on a construction site, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Shulman & Hill, our attorneys can help. Contact our Queens building collapse lawyers to learn more about your legal options during a free legal consultation.
What Causes a Building in Queens to Collapse?
A structure can collapse for many reasons. Often, the cause is insufficient structural support, poor quality construction materials, or haphazard building methods. Between 1989 and 2000, there were over 225 building failures (or collapses) across the continental United States, with 63% of these building failures involving low-rise buildings.
If you are injured in a building collapse, it is important to understand how it was caused. Our building collapse lawyers in Queens can conduct an independent investigation to help determine what contributed to the building failure and whether or not a property owner or contractor may have contributed to the collapse. Our team of investigators and network of engineers and relevant specialists will gather evidence that illustrates how you were injured and if any party other than your employer may have caused it. This evidence will be critical when pursuing compensation in the future.
Common Injuries Associated With a Building Collapse Accident
Workers who are in or near structures when they fail can be severely injured and may require hospitalization.
Common injuries include:
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Amputated limbs
- Back injuries
- Bruising and lacerations
What You Should Do After a Queens Building Collapse Accident
First and foremost, if your injuries are severe, seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not feel pain, you should be evaluated by a doctor as injuries may not be immediately visible.
After your immediate health concerns are addressed, you can begin to work on the process of pursuing a claim for compensation.
You should report the accident and your injuries to your employer as soon as possible. You should save any documentation you are given by your employer, insurance companies, and your doctors and other healthcare providers. You should also take pictures of your injuries and the scene of the accident if it is safe to do so, as well as take down the names of witnesses who saw your accident.
As soon as you are able to, contact our Queens attorneys at Shulman & Hill. A building collapse is serious, but you do not have to handle the repercussions of it alone. Our Queens building collapse lawyers are here to help you every step of the way.
Compensation You May be Entitled to After a Queens Building Collapse Accident
If you were in a building collapse, you may have sustained life-changing injuries that have put both you and your family through an incredibly stressful time. Your injuries may require short or long-term medical treatment, hospitalization, or even surgery.
If you are injured in a building collapse, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover your medical bills and lost wages. If you are injured at work, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Most employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in the event that an employee becomes injured or sick due to conditions at work. A Queens workers’ compensation attorney at Shulman & Hill can help you file for benefits and navigate any challenges to your claim.
In some cases, you may also be able to hold a negligent third party financially accountable for your losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit can result in additional compensation for pain and suffering. Typically, these lawsuits are filed against negligent property owners, general contractors, or subcontractors. Common examples of negligence include failure to provide sufficient safety equipment, failure to issue safety warnings or essential training, failure to follow safety protocols, and failure to maintain safe premises.
Contact the Queens building collapse lawyers at Shulman & Hill to learn more about your eligibility and to begin the process of pursuing compensation. We can guide you through every step of the process and help ensure your workers’ compensation claim and/or personal injury lawsuit is as successful as possible.
Why Choose Shulman & Hill?
Shulman & Hill was founded in 2013 and we have been working hard ever since. Since we started, we have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Today, that number continues to grow. Not only are we knowledgeable about applicable federal and New York law, but we are also experienced in navigating extremely difficult cases and negotiating towards potential compensation.
Here at Shulman & Hill in Queens, our clients are our top priority. We will help you navigate the complexities of paperwork, insurance claims, and negotiations with insurance companies. We will also keep you up to date on the status of your case so that you can focus on your recovery. Our team of lawyers at Shulman & Hill will be by your side to help you pursue justice every step of the way.
Schedule your free legal consultation today to learn more. You will only pay for our services if we secure compensation on your behalf.