What Are My Legal Rights if a Ceiling Falls on Me?
Signs of a ceiling about to collapse should never be taken lightly. If you notice brown spots, cracks, or missing pieces of plaster on your ceiling, you should notify your landlord immediately, as a ceiling collapse can lead to devastating injuries and should be avoided at all costs.
Here’s the deal. If you’re renting your property, then your landlord is responsible for its integrity. As a tenant, you have the right to a well-maintained property and safe living conditions. Therefore,, your landlord has to keep your property in a secure condition.
Yet, as unthinkable as they may seem, ceiling collapses happen. The good news is that you’re protected by legal rights for when it does. Read on to find out about your legal alternatives and what to do right after the incident.
What Causes a Ceiling Collapse?
Several factors can lead to a ceiling collapse, but the most common causing factor seems to be negligence. A significant amount of carelessness in conjunction with one or more of the following reasons is the recipe for disaster:
- Neglecting leaky pipes.
- Ignoring the possible signs of structural damage (cracks, brown spots, etc.).
- Failure to execute regular inspections and repairs.
- Hiring unqualified labor for building construction and maintenance.
- Structural damage caused by unprofessional work or inadequate materials.
- Failing to address rat or insect infestations that compromise the ceiling’s structural integrity.
Who is Liable?
Ceiling collapse lawsuits can often become complicated. This is why it is essential to contact a specialized attorney as soon as it happens to you. Your attorney will help you determine whether you have a valid claim, and who is responsible.
Further, depending on the situation leading up to the structural damage, anyone from your landlord and property manager to the construction company may be liable. Your attorney will investigate your incident and determine who’s at fault.
What To Do Right After a Ceiling Collapse?
Taking the correct steps right after you suffered a ceiling collapse is essential for your case. Provided that you are able, this is what you should do:
- Take clear pictures of the collapsed ceiling immediately.
- Seek out a medical consultation, even if your injuries don’t seem severe.
- Make a list of all the times you’ve previously complained to your building manager about ceiling cracks, leaks, brown spots, or other related concerns.
- Contact Daniella Levi & Associates for a free consultation.
While every ceiling collapse incident is unique, these steps will leave you with the most legal alternatives in each individual case. Even if your injuries are minor, calling a specialized attorney is detrimental.
Your attorney will be able to inspect your ceiling collapse’s circumstances, determine whether you have a valid claim, and fight for your rights in court afterward.
You might not have sustained severe injuries if you were lucky, but you might not be so lucky the next time. Your attorney will make sure that there’s no next time, and that the property will be repaired to a secure condition.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you suffered injuries resulting from a ceiling collapse, you might be eligible to obtain financial support for your lost wages, and medical expenses. But, you need a lawyer to assess your case and help you navigate the legal process.
Our attorneys at Daniella Levi & Associates are equipped with the expertise to help you through these difficult proceedings. Call us today and book a free consultation with our attorneys who specialize in ceiling collapse cases.
Remember, that the consultation is free, but our advice is priceless.