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Building Collapses on Construction Sites

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in America. Even when taking appropriate safety precautions, the possibility of an accident always remains. Whether a parking garage collapse or an office building collapse, Ohio is no stranger these situations and more.

If you were injured on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. It’s important to consult with the attorneys at Nager, Romaine, & Schneiberg Co. L.P.A. before the statute of limitations for personal injury or workers’ compensation claims runs out.

Personal injury and building collapses

When construction firms take on a new project, they owe a duty of care to a number of parties. Their primary obligation is to build safely and prevent harm to others. This includes construction that meets all local, state and federal standards. When a firm violates that duty, they may be liable for any personal injuries that result.

Negligence is a broad type of personal injury claim. To prove that a person or entity was negligent, the plaintiff must show that the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. The defendant must have breached that duty, and as a result, the plaintiff must have suffered actual harm.

In a construction site building collapse claim, the plaintiff would need to show that the defendant breached their duty of care as a construction contractor, employee or firm. If that breach caused the building collapse and the plaintiff was injured as a result, they may be able to recover financial compensation.

What kind of compensation is available?

If you file a negligence claim for a construction site building collapse, compensation may vary depending on the facts of the case. The cost of the plaintiff’s medical bills is often covered. You may also be entitled to damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, future medical expenses, mental anguish and more. Families who lost a loved one may file a wrongful death claim, which can help pay for medical costs, final bills, familial support and related expenses.

Finally, if you are a construction worker, a workers’ compensation claim may be your best recourse. Since Ohio has a no-fault workers’ compensation system, you may not be eligible to file a suit against your employer. However, if a negligent third-party was involved, a personal injury suit may be necessary.

When you meet with the personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys at Nager, Romaine, & Schneiberg Co. L.P.A., we will review your claim and discuss your best legal options. Call us today to set up a consultation.

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