Building Collapse Injuries
When you enter a building, you expect it to be safe. Unless you are trespassing in the crumbling remains of an older structure, you expect the walls and the roof to stay where they are. Even if the building is under construction or renovation, you assume the workers have properly secured the materials currently in place. Whatever surroundings you see, they should be stable and safe.
However, a building collapse proves this assumption wrong. When one or more walls or the roof of a building caves in, you can suffer serious-to-catastrophic injuries. Then, in addition to fighting for your health and recovery, you have to pursue compensation from the party responsible for the collapse. This is too much for one person to handle. Following a building collapse, you should work with an experienced Chicago premises liability lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. to determine liability for the incident and fight for your right to a financial recovery.
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Causes of Building Collapse
There is always a reason for why a building collapses. Properly built structures do not simply fall down without explanation. Something had to have gone wrong at some point in the design, construction, or renovation of the building for it to come down on a person’s head. If you were injured in a building collapse, work with an experienced premises liability lawyer who understands how to investigate the cause of the building collapse and the party responsible for your injuries.
Some of the most common causes for building collapse include:
- A weak or improper foundation
- Not accounting for the soil composition or potential weight of the building
- Weak or inadequate building materials
- Defective materials
- Counterfeit materials
- Engineering design defects
- Architectural design defects
- Building mistakes
- Building code violations
- Overly heavy loads
- Improper or inadequate building maintenance
Building Collapses Cause Significant Physical Injuries
If you are caught in a building collapse, you could suffer:
- Complex bone fractures
- Crushed bones
- Traumatic amputations
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
- Oxygen deprivation or suffocation
Building Collapses Result in Psychological Trauma
You are also likely to suffer severe psychological harm after being hurt in a building collapse. This is an uncommon type of accident, making your situation even more psychologically damaging. You may need to seek mental health care for the emotional trauma or other illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, or a phobia.
These invisible psychological injuries are just as real as your physical injuries. You have every right to fight for compensation for your emotional suffering and mental anguish in addition to compensation for your physical injuries and pain.
Determining Liability for a Building Collapse
The best step to take after a building collapse is to hire a premises liability lawyer to conduct an independent investigation of the incident. To pursue compensation, your legal team will need to dig into what happened and why along with who is responsible. They will seek to preserve evidence so that it can be reviewed not only by state and federal authorities, like the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but also your own expert witnesses. Your lawyer will analyze this evidence with expert’s help to determine liability and build a strong case for you.
The evidence of the building collapse may determine liability lies with the:
- Property owner
- Construction company
- Independent contractor
- Material manufacturer or supplier
- Equipment manufacturer
Fault and liability may rest on more than one company’s shoulders. In this situation, you may bring a claim against multiple parties who could be equally liable for compensating you for your injuries.
Seeking Compensation After a Building Collapse
If you were hurt in a building collapse caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct, then you have the right to seek compensation for your physical, psychological, and financial injuries. More specifically, you can ask to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Your attorney may first recommend you seek compensation through an insurance claim. Most of the parties potentially liable for a premises liability claim will have an insurance policy that covers physical injuries. However, there is no guarantee that you will resolve your personal injury claim through an insurance settlement. It is possible that an insurer will attempt to deny your claim or despite an approval, try to settle with a low ball offer. If your attorney is unable to negotiate an appropriate financial recovery, then they may recommend moving forward with a trial. While a premises liability trial can be difficult, it can be your greatest chance to obtain the compensation you deserve under the law.
Contact Our Chicago Premises Liability Lawyers for Help
If you were injured in a building collapse, contact us at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. immediately. Our experienced premises liability attorneys understand how complicated and difficult this type of situation is for you and your family. We are here to determine your rights to compensation and the best way to pursue your financial recovery. We will fight for your right to the compensation you are legally entitled to.