If you or a loved one has experienced suffering after a ceiling accident, you need to seek legal advice to find out whether you have cause to seek redress for your injuries. The attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C., will be happy to hear about your experience and tell you whether they think you should pursue a claim.
Though rooftop and ceiling injuries aren’t common in Atlanta, Georgia, when do they happen, the injuries people suffer can be catastrophic. Ceilings can collapse in residential and commercial buildings, causing debris, plaster, and tiles to injure occupants. In fact, an accident made local Atlanta news after six patrons received injuries during a recent rooftop collapse at a restaurant.
Weight from gathered storm water likely caused the collapse that led to wood, sheeting, and other materials to fall from the ceiling and block and entrance. While that incident included minor injuries, roof and ceiling accidents can lead to severe injuries of the head, the neck, and the back.
Causes of Ceiling Collapses and Accidents
Ceiling collapses and related injuries occur for several reasons. Most stem from negligence, or the lack of responsible care from a property owner or proprietor. A person hurt in a ceiling accident may win compensation for damages suffered. An experienced attorney will seek evidence that the at-fault party could have prevented the accident, but it failed to:
- Maintain the structure after damage
- Repair water leaks completely
- Fix cracks
- Tend to heavy rain or snow buildup on the roof
Types of Compensation for Ceiling Collapse Accidents
A person injured in a ceiling, balcony, deck, or building collapse can suffer both minor and serious injuries, sometimes including death. When a person in harmed in a ceiling or roof-related accident, he or she may win compensation for the owner’s:
- Failure to maintain the structure after damage
- Failure to repair water leaks completely
- Failure to fix cracks
- Failure to tend to heavy rain or snow buildup on the roof
Compensation may also be paid for emergency room, hospital, or related medical expenses, including physical therapy and follow-up doctor visits. Winning damages due to pain and suffering stemming from the ceiling accident would be more successful if the injured party can prove negligence and suffering that resulted.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim for Ceiling or Building Accidents
If a ceiling or building collapse or similar accident occurred while a person was on the job or at work, he or she may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensations claims are often challenging legal processes. An employer’s workers’ compensation coverage may cover the victim’s medical expenses, loss wages, pain and suffering, and more.
People looking for workers’ compensation after a ceiling or building collapse in Georgia need to follow the following steps:
- Fill out and file a form WC-14 with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. It is important to seek the help of an attorney for this.
- Send a copy of the form the employer and a copy to the employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
- Contact a lawyer. Kaufman Law, P.C., in Atlanta, has the experienced attorneys necessary to succeed at such claims.
Other Ways to Win Compensation From a Ceiling Collapse Accident
Not all ceiling accident injuries occur at work. People often receive injuries from ceiling collapses caused by the negligence and reckless behavior of a person or establishment.
A building or property owner is often responsible for injuries or harm from ceiling, building, or rooftop collapses. The injured parties can sue the at-fault parties for their negligent actions.
If you have injuries from a ceiling accident in Atlanta, you should contact an experienced team of local attorneys. Kaufman Law P.C.’s team of lawyers offer free consultations for personal injury claims and lawsuits.