Collapsed Ceiling? Here’s What You Can Do
A ceiling collapse can be a traumatic experience and may leave victims with catastrophic injuries and significant property damage. Learn how to take legal action if your home or apartment’s ceiling caved in unexpectedly.
Determining Liability in a Ceiling Collapse
Various parties may be responsible for a ceiling collapse, including the following:
- Upstairs neighbors
- Property owners
- Building managers
- Current or previous contactors
- Construction crews
Determining which party caused your ceiling to collapse and your subsequent injury is one of the steps involved in pursuing a premises liability case. A qualified personal injury attorney will begin an investigation and help you prove fault in your case.
In order to have a valid premises liability case, you need to:
- Prove you were occupying the premises lawfully, either as the legal tenant, a guest of the legal tenant, or someone hired to do work on the property.
- Prove the property owner or lessee caused the unsafe condition on the premises.
- Prove the unsafe condition was a major factor in causing your injury.
As the injured party, you are responsible for proving a hazard existed and that the hazard is what caused your accident. Collecting evidence at the scene can help bolster your case. Taking photos of the accident scene and getting the contact information for any witnesses can help determine what caused the accident and provide supplemental information to the court.
Bringing a suit against a property owner may seem overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our New York premises liability attorneys are here to help you through the process so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. We’ve helped numerous accident victims across the state and have recovered millions of dollars for clients.
If you have been injured in a ceiling collapse, contact Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, L.L.P. at (646) 681-7055 for a consultation today.