Unfortunately, building collapses usually result in severe injuries and even death. In New York City, the rate of construction means that these catastrophic accidents and the injuries they cause more likely than many people realize. When a building collapse occurs, it essential to make sure your workers’ compensation attorney is experienced with complex cases and major claims.
Construction Site Accident Injuries
At The Klein Law Group, P.C., we devote our legal practice to helping accident and injury victims recover workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits. We don’t charge any fees unless we are successful in getting you benefits. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
When contractors, subcontractors, electricians and other trades people are working on the same site, a great deal of equipment may be involved. Any number of activities are taking place, and many people have responsibility for safety. Building collapses can be caused by a variety of construction issues:
- Scaffolding and hoists can malfunction
- Construction materials may be defective
- Existing materials may be damaged or rotted
- An engineering error can miscalculate the acceptable weight of equipment, causing planking, walls or the roof to cave in
- Poor supervision by a general contractor or subcontractor can mean that specs are not followed, steps are missed, or safety equipment is not in place
- One of the contractors does not have adequate resources to staff and equip the premises properly, or cuts corners to save money
We also represent workers who were injured in the collapses of the World Trade Center and other buildings surrounding Ground Zero.
Helping You Get the Benefits You Need Now and in the Future
These injuries require extensive emergency care, and they may also result in the need for rehabilitation and long-term nursing, as well as major changes to your daily life. Your claim for benefits needs to encompass both your immediate medical needs and your long-term needs.
An important legal aspect of cases involving a building collapse is that the injured worker may have multiple legal claims. For example, if negligence by someone other than your employer – such as an engineer or subcontractor – caused the accident, you may have a personal injury claim in addition to your workers’ comp claim. The Klein Law Group, P.C. works closely with some of the finest personal injury law firms in the city, and we can coordinate the cases to help maximize their value.
If you are unable to work for a year, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits in addition to your workers’ comp claim, and our firm is skilled at handling Social Security claims and appeals, as well.
Our lawyers have extensive experience handling complex cases involving major injuries and multiple claims. We routinely work with personal injury law firms and can refer you to a reputable attorney who can assist you with any personal injury claim you may have. Our investigation of your case can also contribute a great deal of helpful evidence.