Ceilings that are old, rotten, or damaged can fall on unsuspecting people and cause injuries, property damage, and even death. People don’t normally consider ceilings to be a possible safety hazard, and every ceiling should be safe and secure for all who exist beneath it, but this is not always the case.
When ceilings are left unrepaired or improperly maintained, property owners may save a few bucks in the short term; however, it may be just a matter of time before the ceiling falls and hurts an innocent person, ultimately resulting in even more expenses to recoup the damages. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury due to a ceiling collapse in Brooklyn, The Barnes Firm may be able to help you build a strong defense for your case.
Very rarely does a ceiling collapse without first giving off a few warning signs. Ceiling collapses usually result from prolonged neglect of a landlord and their refusal to properly repair damages or remove accumulating snow and ice from the roofing.
If you are suspicious of the condition of the ceiling in your Brooklyn apartment, there are at least a few indicators you can look out for that suggest it could collapse in the future. They are:
Some penny-pinching landlords in Brooklyn have been known to paint over or mask damages to ceilings in their buildings, so keep an eye out for this as well. If you see any of the above warning signs that your ceiling could be under stress, contact your landlord or management company right away as your life and property could be in danger.
Document any communications between you and your landlord about the condition of your apartment ceilings, such as text messages, emails, letters, or phone calls. If the ceiling does fail, take as many photos of the damages or injuries you have sustained as possible—the more detailed, the better. This documentation will help your Brooklyn ceiling collapse attorney build the strongest defense possible for your case.
Ceilings can be extremely heavy as they are usually constructed of cement, metals, and dense wooden components. This means that when a damaged ceiling fails and comes crashing down on the unsuspecting people below, it can result in catastrophic destruction and a wide range of injuries. Common injuries that occur from ceiling collapses in Brooklyn include:
Victims hit by falling debris could also suffer from severe internal injuries to internal organs such as the liver, heart, and kidneys. Any significant trauma to these vital organs could result in death.
If you have been injured by falling ceiling materials, it is important that you seek medical attention right away. Although you may feel okay, internal injuries may not show symptoms until days or weeks after experiencing trauma. Your doctor should be able to check you out for any latent injuries and provide you with the appropriate medical treatment. Make sure to keep records of all of your medical bills and any treatments that you receive in relation to a ceiling collapse.
Our team of knowledgeable 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 Brooklyn and the boroughs. Every lawyer on our team has extensive experience with personal injury law and believes it is critical to prepare each case as if it will go to trial.
Regardless of the cause of the collapse, you could be entitled to benefits. Allow our team to investigate your ceiling collapse claim and determine if you have a valid case by scheduling a free consultation. We take great pride in bettering the communities we serve by helping clients achieve the best result possible. Call (800) 800-0000 or complete an online contact form today.
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