Truss collapses are a common cause of construction worker injuries in the United States. Structural collapses due to weight imbalances, truss overloads, low-quality materials or negligent workers can cause serious or fatal worker injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured from a truss collapse, contact the New York City injury attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C.
Navigating a truss collapse injury claim is difficult without a lawyer. Your employer’s insurance company may try to convince you to settle for far less than what your case is worth. You will also be dealing with a complex legal case while also struggling with severe personal injuries and extensive treatment plans. You will likely not know how best to protect your rights and properly litigate your case. Hiring an attorney can ensure insurance companies do not take advantage of you.
A truss is one of the most important structures used during a construction project. It efficiently supports large spaces while minimizing the amount of building materials needed for the project. The stability of a truss, however, depends upon the quality of the build. Any minor mistakes in building the frame structure or distributing the load could cause the truss to collapse, resulting in serious personal injuries, such as:
A truss collapse can change your life. As a construction worker, you could face permanent disabilities that put you out of your job and left with thousands of dollars in medical expenses. If you believe someone else could be accountable for your injuries and damages, contact a lawyer to discuss your situation. You may have the right to pursue civil damage and obtain compensation through the justice system of the State of New York.
Many different factors could cause a truss collapse. For example, the components of the truss could have had manufacturing defects making the truss unstable; or a poorly trained worker could have compromised the truss by breaking construction protocols. It is up to your lawyer to determine fault and prove liability in a civil claim. Naming a defendant is one of the first steps in a New York personal injury lawsuit, but many different parties may also be liable, such as:
Liability for a truss collapse injury will depend on where you were when the incident happened, whether you were on the clock, and who caused the truss to collapse. You may need an attorney and construction engineering experts to determine the proximate cause of the structural collapse. An attorney can investigate the workplace accident, determine liability, and will help you prove your case in front of a judge or jury for damages.
We take construction worker rights seriously. If a truss collapse in New York caused you serious injuries or the death of a loved one, contact us for a free case evaluation. We will listen to your story and let you know if we believe you have the elements of a personal injury claim. Our lawyers will take over settlement negotiations, or take your case to trial if we believe it will result in a better recovery. We take construction worker rights seriously. Call (212) 732-9000 today to schedule your consultation in NYC.