Hazards such as leaky pipes and termite damage can cause a ceiling to weaken and collapse, sometimes resulting in serious injury.
Property owners are responsible for keeping their property reasonably safe for those entitled to be there. They must repair unsafe conditions brought to their attention within a reasonable amount of time. If a hazardous condition is not resolved and leads to collapse and injury, the property owner can be held financially responsible due to their negligence.
Ceiling collapse cases are unfortunately all too common due to a landlord’s failure to fix leaks in both roofs as well as bathrooms that are often above the injured person’s apartment. It is important that if you experienced this problem you file complaints, send letters, contact 311, and do whatever else that you can to put the landlord on notice of the condition and to keep records of and preserve that notice so that when the ceiling does fall you will be able to more successfully prove your case.
Roth & Roth has been successfully representing individuals and families throughout the State of New York for over 25 years. If you or someone you know was injured or killed in New York due to someone else's wrongdoing, contact us to discuss your options. Initial consultations are always free and we never get paid unless and until you do.
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