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Building Collapses

Your Advocates After a Building Collapse Injury in Pennsylvania

Life is unexpected, and fewer things are scarier than when a building collapses without any warning at all, especially if an injury to you or a loved one is involved. That is exactly what happened in Berwick when a woman and her 17-year-old daughter were injured when debris from a building partially collapsed onto their vehicle. Luckily, building collapse accident lawyers Fellerman & Ciarimboli were here to provide legal representation to remedy the situation.

Building Collapse Accident Lawyers

If this type of incident happens again, our Pennsylvania building collapse accident lawyers are here to give you the help you need. We will determine how the building collapsed and secure your desired amount of compensation, so you can pay your medical bills and damages that result from the accident.

How Building Collapses Occur

In most instances, building collapses occur when a construction company has not eliminated the potential risk factors of a demolition or the upkeep of a vacant building or commercial structure is poor. In Berwick, the building that had partially-collapsed was vacant.

There are multiple parties that could be held accountable for failing to address the risk factors of a poor structure that has collapsed. These issues typically fall under premises liability in Pennsylvania. An injured party may be able to file a suit against the building owner, the manufacturer of building materials, or the construction general contractor who is in charge.

When these accidents happen, building codes and industry standards are completely disregarded. It is the property owner’s best interests to ensure their building, whether being built, currently in use, or vacant, is up to code. There are a variety of factors that can cause a building to collapse, which include:

  • Defective building materials
  • Engineering or architectural design defects
  • Failure to identify flaws in the building or structure during inspections
  • Foundation defects
  • Improper maintenance of the building
  • Not adhering to design specifications
  • Preventable fire
  • Water damage

At the very least, there should be an appropriate amount of warning if the building is unsafe or suspected to be unsafe to those inside and pedestrians near the building.

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How Bystanders Are Injured

When a building collapses, debris is the main thing bystanders have to worry about. Falling brick, tile, or other materials can strike someone with enough force to break a bone, give them a concussion, or cause a life-threatening injury. If a building collapses in totality, injury victims may be trapped under rubble for hours or sometimes days until rescue crews can reach them.

Though you may have lived to see another day, victims of building collapse accidents should expect to see a long recovery ahead. Medical bills can mount quickly and if you can no longer work, you will need to seek lost wages to support yourself or your dependents.

Unfortunately, bystanders do not always survive building collapse accidents. The mother and daughter were lucky enough to survive their ordeal in Berwick. If it wasn’t for their car, the unimaginable might have happened. In that was the result, their family might have opted to file a wrongful death claim.

What Should You Do?

People, specifically property owners, may try to place blame on you for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but you are not at fault. According to premises liability law, it is the property owner's responsibility to make sure the structure on his/her property is sound. This means inspections, regular maintenance, and if something is wrong with the building, the proper measures must be taken.

It's important to document everything you remember about the accident, what injuries you sustained, and the medical bills that you receive following the accident. If you are able to get witness reports of the accident, the stronger your case will be. If you are a worker who was working in the building at the time of the accident, you will need to file the proper workers' compensation forms to receive benefits from the accident.

When it is time to file a suit, you will need an experienced legal team behind you, one that has handled all types of construction accident claims. When you contact Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we will get to work on your claim immediately. Our experts will take the time to investigate the scene of the accident, find the cause of the accident, and file the necessary paperwork to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact the Pennsylvania Building Collapse Accident Lawyers Today

Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to litigate accidents and injuries resulting from building collapses to protect the rights of anyone who is injured as the result of a negligent property owner that fails to take all necessary precaution in maintaining safe structures in Pennsylvania.

If you or a loved one was an innocent bystander during a sudden building collapse and suffered an injury, the Pennsylvania building collapse accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli is on your side to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our offices today to get a free consultation of your case.

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