Bronx Ceiling Collapse Accidents

Nobody ever expects to have a ceiling collapse on them, but these accidents are probably much more common than you may think. What can start as peeling, cracking, or discoloration on a ceiling could one day cause significant property damage, injuries, or even death if left untreated. Oftentimes in the Bronx, tenants will have complained to their landlords about the issue only for their pleas to fall upon deaf ears.

Any Bronx residents that have experienced leaking, moldy, sagging, cracked, drooping, or other ceiling defects in their apartment that later had a ceiling collapse may be able to seek compensation. The Barnes Firm has helped victims build strong lawsuits against negligent landlords and apartment management companies all over New York City and the Bronx and may be able to recover any damages you have experienced due to a ceiling collapse.

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What Steps Should You Take after Experiencing a Ceiling Collapse?

New York City is known for many things, but well-maintained buildings never seem to make it on the list. Having been founded in 1624, New York City is one of the oldest cities in the country, and some apartments look like they haven’t been maintained since then. In buildings where ceiling repairs get neglected, there is the potential for the ceiling to collapse.

Whether you experienced a ceiling collapse in your own apartment, someone else’s apartment, a restaurant, or workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. If a ceiling collapses on you, there are a few things you should do afterward in order to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve:

  • Seek medical attention. Your health and wellness come first. If you feel pain or believe you need emergency medical assistance, call an ambulance to take you to the hospital.
  • Take pictures. Take photos of the ceiling and all other damages or injuries caused by the collapse. The more photos you can take detailing the damage, the better.
  • Compile proof of neglect. Collect any proof that you previously complained about any ceiling damages or requested repairs to your ceiling, like letters, emails, text messages, or dates of phone calls.
  • Preserve evidence. Clumps of sheetrock or concrete that fell from the ceiling may be used as evidence, so keep them on hand during your case.
  • Contact a Bronx ceiling collapse attorney right away. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner that lawyer will be able to begin an investigation and start building your claim to ensure the best outcome for your case.

Regardless of the building’s quality, a ceiling collapse could happen anywhere if the landlord is neglectful. A failure to alleviate plumbing issues in upper units could weaken any ceiling and leave it susceptible to falling on you, causing severe injuries to you and damages to your home. Even a small piece of ceiling falling has the potential to cause a head or neck injury and rack up medical bills.

What Constitutes as Negligence of a Landlord?

Landlords and building management companies have a duty to ensure that their premises remain safe for tenants inhabiting their buildings. If they fail to do so and it causes a ceiling to collapse, the landlord or building management company could be held liable for any injuries or damages. Negligence could include:

  • Failure to repair structural damage, cracks, or leaks
  • Failure to remove snow or ice from a roof
  • Concealing a problem rather than repairing the cause, such as painting over water stains

Any communication or complaints about the ceiling prior to the collapse between you and your landlord—such as letters, text messages, or emails—will need to be kept if you have them. If you spoke on the phone with your landlord about ceiling repairs, try to jot down the time and date of the phone call(s). By providing this proof of communication, your lawyer will be better able to build your case and maximize compensation.

Any communication or complaints about the ceiling prior to the collapse between you and your landlord—such as letters, text messages, or emails—will need to be kept if you have them. If you spoke on the phone with your landlord about ceiling repairs, try to jot down the time and date of the phone call(s). By providing this proof of communication, your lawyer will be better able to build your case and maximize compensation.

Hire a Skilled Ceiling Collapse Attorney in the Bronx, New York

Our team of experienced personal injury attorneys at The Barnes Firm has helped victims recover compensation for injuries, damages, hotel stays, lost wages, and mental anguish caused by ceiling collapses all over the Bronx. Partner with us for your ceiling collapse claim. Start by scheduling a free consultation by calling (800) 800-0000 or by completing an online contact form.

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