Images from the scene of a structural collapse are vivid, and highlight the sheer force of the event. Cinder blocks and bricks reduced to rubble, clouds of dust, tons of debris scattered in piles, the side-by-side images of what used to be and what is now – all of these images provide a clear understanding of what has happened, without the need for words. However, the collapse itself is not the only thing that can cause injuries to individuals. The aftermath of such a construction accident can be just as damaging.
Injuries that Can Arise from Structural Collapse
The most obvious injuries from a structural collapse are those resulting from being stuck by or trapped under debris. Injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma and concussions
Injuries can also be inflicted upon those that do not even have direct contact with the collapse or debris. The dust and particulate matter generated by the collapse can have both immediate and long-term impacts on individuals. Additionally, witnesses to the collapse and its aftermath can have profound psychological impacts on individuals. Immediate effects can include:
- Respiratory distress
- Irritation of and damage to airways
- Flare ups of asthma and related issues
- Irritation and damage to eyes
Individuals with compromised respiratory systems due to COPD, asthma, or other illnesses can experience severe instances of these conditions that can result in death. Long-term impacts from these events can include reductions in overall lung capacity, vision problems, and even cancer.
Cancer Caused by Building Collapses?
In the years since the September 11th terrorist attacks, over 33,000 members of the New York City community have been treated in connection to the events of that day, including over 1,100 people who have been diagnosed with cancer in connection to the toxins released into the environment by the collapse of the towers. This is clearly an extreme example, but it highlights the fact that buildings are constructed using hundreds of different materials, some of which, in inhaled or come in contact with, can be harmful and even deadly.
Claims Related to Structural Collapses
Structural collapses have impacts that last for years. If you or a loved one have been injured by a structural collapse, or if you believe that you have been impacted, physically or mentally, but a structural collapse, do not delay in seeking counsel to evaluate your claim.
Contact a Jersey City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Construction Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a structural collapse while working on a New Jersey construction site? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at CourtLaw represent clients injured because of construction accidents in Union City, Bayonne, New Brunswick, Hoboken and throughout New Jersey. Call (732) 442-5900 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 163 Market Street Perth Amboy, NJ 08861.
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