Fewer things are scarier on the jobsite than when a building collapses. There’s a reason why the construction industry is regulated with permits and inspections every step of the way. Things have to be done right. When corners are cut or oversights are made at the jobsite, lives are put at risk. Structural and design problems are huge contributors to problems like buildings collapsing. Whether you were a worker who was injured in a building collapsing or a bystander, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has experience with construction accident cases.
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Construction workers, contractors and sub contractors expect their jobsites to be safe. All safety rules and regulations need to be met and followed at all times in order to have a safe working environment for professionals. Buildings don’t just collapse on their own free will. In most cases, there was some type of negligence that contributed to the building collapsing. Whether it was to save money on the bottom line or rush a job along, a building collapsing points to serious negligence or misconduct on the worksite. Listed below are a few reasons why buildings might collapse.
Why Buildings Collapse
- Poor design
- Faulty materials
- The wrong materials
- Poor construction
- Bad foundation
- Equipment problems
- Structural issues
When Ceilings Cave in
Another scary problem occurs when ceilings cave in. If a roof caves in, it wasn’t properly installed or some other form of negligence caused the problem. There are specific designs and regulations that are aimed at keeping ceilings where they belong, over peoples’ heads. If a roof or ceiling caves in, you could be at serious risk of suffering from a head injury or other type of injury. If your roof or ceiling has caved in, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your case. Depending upon where you’re at in the construction process, the case and investigation could both be time sensitive and lengthy.
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Sometimes, buildings collapse on purpose. That doesn’t mean that safety at the demolition site can be neglected. If you or somebody you love was injured in a building collapse during a jobsite demolition, it’s still important to speak with a lawyer. Just because a building collapses on purpose, doesn’t mean it’s okay of people get hurt. Regulations, safely laws and proper protocol still have to be followed in order for demolition sites to be safe for workers and bystanders. Often times, there are even explosives involved. Safety at a demolition site needs to be a top priority.
Catastrophic Injuries in a Building Collapse
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to have severe and catastrophic injuries associated with collapsed buildings. It’s possible to have falling debris, beams, hardware, boards, bricks and shingles to fall on top of workers or bystanders. Depending upon the severity of the building collapse, you could be looking at an extended hospital stay, hefty medical bills and a serious loss of earnings. Your family might have trouble making ends meet, especially if you’re a primary breadwinner. It’s important to know that you don’t have to go through it alone. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate this difficult time, and be you and your family’s advocate in the legal system.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a building collapse, it may be necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Nobody should lose a loved one because of negligence on the jobsite. Buildings don’t just collapse for no reason. Your attorney can stay on top of investigative details while you focus on grieving and holding your family together during an impossible time. You need somebody on your side who can get to the bottom of what happen and make sure it doesn’t happen to other families.
After a Building Collapse Construction Accident
After any kind of construction accident, whether it was a collapsed building or some structural issue, speaking with an attorney needs to be your top priority. In all likelihood, your employer or the jobsite owner has already contacted a lawyer or team of lawyers. You deserve the same advocacy. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a collapsed building or other type of construction accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the experienced and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.