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Perhaps no accident strikes as much fear into people as building collapses. Whether new construction, a renovation, or a hidden flaw compromising structural integrity, collapses are sudden and cause catastrophic injuries—and even death—from tons of debris falling to the ground. Whether you are involved in this type of event as a construction worker, resident, or passerby, you could pursue financial compensation to cover your medical bills and more.

Construction workers, including subcontractors injured on the job, are covered under Florida’s mandatory workers’ compensation insurance—which pays for medical care and a portion of lost wages. Passersby or residents injured in a building collapse can sue responsible parties for compensation, and if your loved one dies in one, a wrongful death action is appropriate. Contact a Pace building collapse lawyer at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon to learn what rights you have after such a devastating construction accident.

Protecting Workers and Florida Citizens

In 2021, the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, collapsed, killing most of the sleeping residents. At the time, only Miami-Dade and Broward counties required buildings to be recertified for safety measures after they turned 40. In 2022, the Legislature adopted safety rules in all counties and even stricter for buildings within three miles of the coast. Ignoring these laws can amount to negligence. Other possible causes of a building collapse based on negligence include:

  • Failing to plan a safe demolition
  • Imposing too much weight on a structure
  • Foundation defects, such as improperly mixed cement
  • Using substandard building materials to save money
  • A building’s design is flawed, exposing the architect to liability
  • Hiring construction workers and failing to train them properly so they make crucial mistakes

Our proactive attorneys can thoroughly investigate a building collapse in Pace to determine what was the ultimate cause and who is to blame.

Damages Available After a Building Collapse

Those who live through a building collapse are bound to suffer debilitating injuries that require extensive medical and rehabilitative treatment. After establishing negligence, your dedicated attorney will calculate your damages by accessing the following:

  • How much medical care you may require
  • What the wages you lose while recuperating might be
  • What the long-term emotional trauma might be worth

Although our legal professionals negotiate with insurance companies, they are not shy about taking defendants to court if settlement offers are not enough to cover your losses. You can rely on the lawyers at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon to fight for the most compensation available to you after a Pace building collapse.

A Pace Building Collapse Attorney Puts Your Needs First

Living through a building collapse is a life-altering experience that will affect you for the rest of your life. There is a chance that your injuries will be catastrophic, and you will require months, years, or even a lifetime to recover. Insurers will try to take advantage of your immediate needs and offer low settlements, pressing you while your bills mount and you cannot work.

Enlist the help of our seasoned legal professionals at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon. We have decades of experience with construction industry law and will apply our knowledge, Florida statutes, and the evidence supporting a negligence case to get you the compensation you deserve. Call today to speak with a Pace building collapse lawyer about your case.