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Negligence and a ceiling collapse: Your rights in New Jersey

Imagine being at your favorite grocery or clothing store in New Jersey. You're enjoying a day out, but then suddenly you feel something hit you. If that something is a ceiling panel or part of the business's roofing, you could face a serious injury or head trauma that takes time to recover from.

All buildings are going to go through stages of ill repair. Sometimes weather causes sudden damage that needs to be addressed, or a burst pipe causes a ceiling to collapse. Unfortunately, these problems can cause people to be harmed. It's the owner of the premises' duty to repair any damage that could cause the building to collapse.

A collapsed ceiling is capable of caving in, causing severe structural damage to a building. Due to the weight, it's possible for a collapse to trap people under it, putting their lives at risk. When a property is in that much disrepair, it's only obvious that the owner needs to be held accountable for the dangers found on his or her premises.

If negligence can be proven, it's likely that you'll be able to seek and claim compensation that you need to pay for medical bills and lost wages. For instance, if it's been noted that the owner didn't fix a leak or water problem that led to a ceiling collapse, that could be enough to prove negligence in your case. The failure to fix broken or damaged ceiling tiles or the failure to remove heavy snow or water from the roof of a building is also neglectful.

If you've been hurt in a building collapse and want to know what options you have, click here. There are ways to recover compensation for the pain and suffering you've been through.

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