New York has seen an unprecedented number of buildings collapse in the past several years. The most recent collapse occurred on March 26, 2015, in which a building in Manhattan’s East Village was leveled in a fiery blast, injuring a dozen people and at least critically injuring three. Serious injuries included burns in the victims’ airways and lacerations from scattered debris.
The powerful explosion rocked a heavily traveled section of the East Village. At least two other neighboring buildings were damaged, with one in danger of collapse. This explosion comes just over one year after two buildings in Harlem collapsed after a gas leak in March 2014, killing eight people and injuring dozens. Although the cause of this year’s explosion is still under investigation, it appears to be “gas-related” as well.
The Common Cause of New York’s Building Collapses
There are many causes of a building collapse, of which the most common in New York City is the City’s gas distribution system, which is one of the oldest in the country. The cast iron pipes are more than 100 years old and prone to leaks.
When such explosions and fires occur, the question becomes who can be held responsible for the resulting injuries to the innocent bystanders? Explosion and fire accidents are generally caused by multiple acts and omissions of different parties. The causes of explosions and fires can be traced back to human error or corporate negligence. The reality is that these individuals and corporations that caused the explosion often have deep pockets. This is good news for victims who suffer serious injuries in such explosions.
Getting Compensation For Injured Building Collapse Victims
Explosions and fires can result in serious injuries to the victims. There are a lot of complicated technical issues surrounding these claims. If you are a victim of a fire and explosion, you need to hire the right law firm to help you get the compensation that you deserve.
The New York explosion attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have worked with leading national experts in the fields of explosion and fire to obtain maximum compensation for victims. A case in point is the $700,000 arbitration award the firm was able to reach for a 22 year old woman who was seriously injured as a result of a gas explosions while walking to work when hit by flying debris from the explosion.
Call Us Today
If you or someone you know has been injured in fire or explosion, you should be proactive in protecting your legal rights by calling the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. Call us at (800) 529-9997 to schedule a complimentary consultation and for a free case evaluation.