On February 27, 2018, a building located in Prospect Lefferts Gardens collapsed on top of a man leaving him trapped under rubble for almost two hours. According to CBS News, the man was looking for building materials when the floor collapsed under him. According to multiple media outlets, the building had been boarded up since 2006 and the owners had received a number of violations from the Department of Buildings. The alleged violations included:
- Failing to safeguard the public, workers, and property;
- Failing to adhere to building codes;
- and Demolishing parts of the building without the appropriate permits.
In light of this incident, the Department of Buildings ordered an emergency demolition of the site as a result of failing to safeguard the public from this hazardous structure. According to first responders, this incident may have been avoided if the owners acted in accordance with the proper safety guidelines and regulations.
It is worth noting that regardless of whether this “non-worker civilian”, was given permission to remain on the premises or was trespassing, the building owner may be held liable for the injuries that the man sustained. According to New York State law, all construction sites must be blocked from the public in order to mitigate the risk of injury. In addition, there had already been multiple violations issued to the building owners regarding alleged safety issues.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a construction site injury, the building owner may be held responsible for the injuries sustained. While workers may be covered under workers’ compensation law, “non-worker civilians” may have a personal injury claim as a result of the building owner’s negligence for failing to protect the public from a hazardous construction site.
New York State has a three-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims. For this reason, it is important to contact an experienced New York personal injury lawyer to receive the compensation you are entitled to recover. Contact the experienced Brooklyn construction accident lawyers at Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC on your side to vigorously represent you and fight for the compensation you and your family deserve. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our New York City construction injury lawyers at (718) 238-2400.