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, Fellerman & Ciarimboli were here to provide legal representation to remedy the situation. 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 an appropriate amount of warning if the building is unsafe or suspected to be unsafe to those inside and pedestrians near the building.