Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers
Building Collapse Accidents
Construction, demolition, and abatement operations in Philadelphia are regulated by the Philadelphia Department of Licenses & Inspections to ensure the safety of the workers and the public. However, construction accidents can occur as the nature of construction inherently places workers as well as nearby individuals in great danger. A building collapse is among the greatest of these dangers, as a structure collapsing puts many parties in a life-threatening position.
Who is At Risk When A Building Collapses
A building collapse puts at risk the safety of workers, passersby, and inhabitants of buildings neighboring the construction site. Those within the structure during the collapse can experience catastrophic injuries or death from the compromised building materials. Additionally, any worker on scaffolding or a ladder during the accident may fall and sustain injuries. Those nearby to the construction site may become injured from the falling debris. Surrounding buildings bear great risk as well because the damage from debris or the building falling upon it can trigger a secondary structural collapse.
Causes of a Building Collapse During Construction, Demolition or Daily Use
A construction company’s failure to take proper care during the construction, renovation or demolition of a building can result in the building’s collapse or the collapse of a nearby structure.
Additionally, a building collapse can be caused by issues in the design, too much weight placed on the structure, inferior building materials, or a poor foundation. If the building is not properly designed to handle the expected burden, there is a serious danger of the structure collapsing. Within the structure, the weight of equipment and other items may prove too heavy at any point during the construction, demolition, or life of the building.
Often, poor quality building materials have been linked to the eventual compromise of a structure. A foundation failure may also lead to a building collapse as a properly-built foundation is required to ensure the building’s weight can be supported as well as protection from natural forces and ground moisture. Finally, a construction company’s failure to take proper care during the construction, renovation or demolition of a building can result in the building’s collapse or the collapse of a nearby structure.
You Can Take Action Following a Building Collapse- Call the Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at Galfand Berger
If you or a family member has been injured as a result of a building collapse at a Philadelphia area construction site, call the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Galfand Berger who have extensive experience in all types of construction accident cases. Construction employees injured at work may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits and potentially able to sue parties other than their employer to recover additional damages. A worker or innocent bystander may see justice and compensation from various responsible parties, including the general contractor, building owner, construction manager, and/or equipment manufacturers. Our attorneys will pursue claims against the parties responsible for your harm and see that your case is handled with the highest level of care.
We handle cases throughout Pennsylvania including the communities in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County as well as in New Jersey. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Reading and Allentown. Call the reputable Philadelphia personal injury law firm of Galfand Berger today at 1-800-222-USWA (8792) to schedule a consultation with a skilled Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer or contact us online.