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October 06, 2023

What to Do If You Are Injured Due to a Collapsed Ceiling

Your Rights If Your Ceiling Collapses Because of Heavy Rains in New York

In late September, New York was inundated with heavy rainfall causing severe flooding throughout the City. The record-setting precipitation also put aging infrastructure to the test, as roofs were battered for hours. In addition to flooding, residents were forced to deal with leaky roofs and collapsed ceilings. If you were injured because your roof caved from heavy rainfall, you might be entitled to compensation.

At Denlea & Carton, LLP, we represent individuals who have been seriously injured due to another person’s negligence. If your ceiling collapsed due to heavy rains, one or more parties may be held liable for your damages. You need to speak with an attorney you can trust. Contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Liability for a New York Ceiling Collapse

If your ceiling collapses from heavy rainfall, snow, or winds, you might be entitled to compensation, but determining who can be held liable may be challenging without the help of an attorney. 

Parties who may be held liable for a ceiling collapse in New York:

  • A landlord or property owner – One of the most common parties that can be held liable for a ceiling collapse is a landlord or property owner. If the landlord or property owner failed to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition, they may be held legally responsible for resulting damages. A property owner may also be held responsible for failing to maintain the building. 
  • The construction company – In addition to the landlord or property owner, a construction company may be found at fault if the ceiling collapses due to shoddy workmanship or failure to follow building regulations. 
  • A contractor or subcontractor – In some cases, a contractor or subcontractor may be held accountable if they were negligent or failed to follow safety protocols causing the roof to collapse. 
  • A manufacturer – Finally, a manufacturer who produced a dangerous or defective product may be held liable for resulting injuries. 

It can be hard to determine who should be held legally responsible for your injuries. In some cases, it may be more than one party that shares liability. The best way to ensure you receive the money you deserve is by consulting with an attorney. 

What to Do If Your Ceiling Collapses After Heavy Rains

If your ceiling collapses, the most important thing is to make sure that no one is injured. If someone is injured as a result of the damage, you need to seek medical attention immediately. A delay in treatment could negatively impact your case and cause your injuries to get worse. 

In addition to seeking medical treatment, you should also consult with an attorney. A lawyer can help determine the best course of legal action. Be sure to provide copies of any repair work that you have done on your property and estimates that you may have received. The more evidence that you have to prove your damages, the stronger your case will be.

Injured in a Ceiling Collapse in New York? Contact Our Office. 

Were you injured in a ceiling collapse in New York? Contact our office at (914) 368-7168 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. You might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Depending on the situation, you may be eligible to receive damages to cover the cost of repairs, your medical bills and lost wages, and more. Call now to speak directly with a member of our legal team.


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