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Ceiling Collapse Accident FAQs

The Law Office Of Nicholas E. Tzaneteas

The last thing any tenant expects is to face a harrowing ceiling collapse. However, ceilings do collapse, especially in older apartment buildings in the city. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding ceiling collapses. If you or someone you love has been injured and affected by this type of incident, contact your experienced ceiling collapse attorney in New York City right away.

What causes a ceiling collapse?

There are various reasons that a ceiling could collapse, including:

  • Structural and architectural defects caused by builders taking short cuts
  • Inexperienced builders
  • Incompetent builders
  • Inadequate shoring
  • Installation damage
  • Insufficient load supports
  • Inadequate building materials
  • Deterioration of materials

Who is responsible for a ceiling collapse accident?

Landlords and property managers are typically found responsible for ceiling collapses. Especially in historic neighborhoods, these entities are required to perform routine maintenance and reinforce aging and structurally unsound roofs and ceilings. If your landlord failed to conduct these inspections, or they are found to be negligent and failed to address the issue after being notified, they could be held responsible.

What types of injuries do ceiling collapses cause?

There are several types of injuries that could result from this accident, ranging from mild to severe.

  • Head wounds
  • Concussions
  • Fractured bones
  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Death

What should I do if I notice my ceiling starting to sag?

The most important thing to do is notify your landlord or property management company immediately. Get this notification in writing and keep it. Ensure your landlord takes the threat seriously and hires someone who is qualified and licensed to come inspect and correct the sagging ceiling. Documenting the issue and taking plenty of photos will help your case as well.
If the situation escalates, contact an attorney right away.

Contact your ceiling collapse attorney

Any defects in the structural integrity of the building need to be addressed immediately. If you believe your landlord was negligent in inspecting or maintaining the building, which caused you personal harm and property damage, contact your personal injury lawyer. Not only is a ceiling collapse scenario stressful, but your livelihood is compromised. You don’t have to navigate this complex and overwhelming process on your own. New York tenants have rights that protect their safety. If a falling ceiling caused property damage, serious injury or a fatality, contact us so that we can help. Call today at (833) 689-3476 for a free consultation.

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