A building collapse is not the type of accident that happens without cause. Every detail of the building process is regulated by state and federal safety authorities–from the materials used to the builder’s qualifications. If you were hurt in a building collapse, you may have the right to significant financial compensation from the party responsible for the collapse.
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., our experienced personal injury lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience helping construction accident victims get the fair compensation they deserve. We can help with all of the complexities involved in finding out what caused a building to collapse.
To learn more about protecting your legal rights, call a Baltimore building collapse lawyer for a free consultation today.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer at William G. Kolodner, P.A. Can Help After a Building Collapse Accident
If you were hurt in a building collapse in Baltimore, MD, you’re probably in a difficult position. You may be out of work with no end to your physical recovery in sight. If you’re like many other accident victims, you’re also starting to watch the bills pile up and wondering where to turn for help.
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help with the challenges you’re facing. We know how important it is to get money in your pocket after a serious accident. We also know how to fight to get you the most compensation possible to protect your financial future.
Buildings don’t just collapse for no reason. Even so, finding out why a building collapsed can be extremely difficult. You need an accident attorney with both experience and financial resources by your side.
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., our Baltimore personal injury lawyers know how to approach these complex cases. We will:
- Investigate to find the evidence to support your claim
- Consult experts in engineering, forensics and other specialities to find out what caused the collapse
- Work with financial and medical experts to fairly value your insurance demand
- Defend your rights against insurance companies and defense lawyers
- Make sure you have all the information necessary to make decisions about your case, including whether to accept a settlement or pursue your case through trial
Our law firm is made up of experienced and dedicated trial lawyers who know what it takes to win fair compensation for our clients. If you were in a Baltimore building collapse and people were injured, call us today. We’ll go to work designing a custom-tailored strategy developed to get the most money possible in your case.
Why do Buildings Collapse?
There are a number of factors that can cause a building to collapse. Some examples include:
- Use of defective construction materials
- Failure to adhere to building code regulations
- Engineering or design flaws in the building
- Foundation defects
- Improper renovations
- Unsafe excavation or demolition activities
- Fire damage
- Water damage
- Maintenance failures
- Ceiling collapses
- Failure to test the structure during construction
If you were hurt in a building collapse, Maryland law gives you a right to financial compensation from the person whose negligence caused the collapse. If you were hurt while working on the construction site, you may also have the right to Maryland workers’ compensation benefits.
Our lawyers can help make sure you get the full amount you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, just call our law firm today.
Our Lawyers Handle All Types of Building Collapse Injury Cases
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., we fight to get construction accident victims back on their feet again. We handle all types of injury cases, including those involving:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Chest injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Broken ribs
- Lost limbs
- Wrongful death
We know that these types of injuries can make getting legal help difficult. We’re available to come meet with you wherever is most convenient. Just give us a call and we’ll work out a way to talk about getting fair compensation for you.
Who is Responsible for My Injuries After a Building Collapse?
Our lawyers will get to work quickly to find out what caused the building to collapse. You usually lose the right to sue your employer for compensation (although workers’ compensation benefits will be available if you were hurt at work).
You can, however, hold others whose actions or omissions caused the accident responsible. Those parties may include:
- Property owners
- General contractors
- Material suppliers
- Equipment manufacturers
- Demolition companies
At William G. Kolodner, P.A., our Baltimore personal injury attorneys work to identify anyone who might even be partly to blame for the accident. This way, we have the best chance of getting the most compensation possible to help you recover. To learn more about how we can help, give us a call today.
Damages Available for Baltimore Building Collapse Victims
If you were hurt when a building collapsed, there might be several ways to get compensation. Our Baltimore building collapse lawyers are here to help you explore all of your options so that you can get the full amount of money you’re entitled to.
Depending upon the circumstances, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit and/or claim workers’ compensation benefits. If you lost a loved one in the collapse, you can also file a lawsuit for wrongful death.
Maryland Workers’ Compensation Laws
Building collapse victims are often the very construction workers hired to construct or improve a structure. Under Maryland law, if you’re hurt in an accident “arising out of employment,” you’re generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation law is far-reaching. You can get benefits for almost any type of job-related injury or illness–and you don’t have to show that someone else was negligent to get the money you need.
Despite this, workers’ compensation benefits are limited and the claims process can be complex. Workers’ compensation generally covers:
- Medical bills
- Part of your lost wages
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Death and funeral benefits
Our workers’ compensation lawyers can help you understand your rights under Maryland employment laws. If you were hurt on the job and a third party caused the accident, you can also file a lawsuit to hold that party responsible.
Recovering Additional Compensation in a Third-Party Claim
A personal injury lawsuit to get compensation from a third party is also called a third-party claim. In Maryland, you give up the right to sue your employer under state law. Instead, your right to compensation is handled through the workers’ compensation system.
That doesn’t mean that you give up your right to hold others accountable. If we find that someone else’s negligent, reckless or intentional acts caused the building collapse, we will also fight to make sure they’re held responsible. This can give you money above and beyond what workers’ compensation provides.
In a third-party claim, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Your full medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Long-term care needs
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Workers’ compensation generally limits your compensation to reimbursement for the more tangible costs of your injuries.
General personal injury law also places a cap on the amount of non-economic damages that can be recovered in a lawsuit. Non-economic damages are compensation for things like pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Action for Wrongful Death
If you lost your loved one in a building collapse, you may be able to file an action for wrongful death. Maryland law generally gives this right to spouses, children, parents, and those who were financially dependent upon the deceased.
You can generally recover compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, lost wages and lost future earnings. You also have the right to compensation for emotional distress, loss of consortium, and financial support.
Time is Limited to Protect Your Rights
In Maryland, you only have three years to file a lawsuit to protect your right to compensation. This time limit applies to both third-party claims and actions for wrongful death.
Time limits also apply for filing a workers’ compensation claim. You generally must file the initial report of your injury within 30 days of the accident. Under all circumstances, the claims process must be completed within two years of the accident.
Whenever you’re hurt, it’s important to get help quickly. Identifying the responsible party can take time. Don’t take a chance with your financial security. Call our experienced lawyers today so that we can begin protecting your legal rights.
Call an Experienced Baltimore Building Collapse Lawyer for Help Today
Getting what’s rightfully yours after a serious accident is rarely easy. If you were hurt in a building collapse, the at-fault parties will likely take action quickly to avoid responsibility. An experienced Baltimore building collapse lawyer can fight to get the money you need to move forward.
William G. Kolodner, P.A. have been helping construction accident victims secure fair compensation for over four decades. To learn more about our family-owned law firm, call for a free case review today.