A lawsuit stemming from a major construction accident out in Philadelphia was filed earlier this week. The woman who initiated the suit is one 14 people who were pulled out of the rubble of a four-story building that collapsed on June 5 on an adjacent thrift shop.
The woman is reportedly seeking over $50,000 in compensation and a jury trial against STB Investments Corp., the owner of the building, as well as Nicetown House Development Corp., which is the primary contractor in the building's demolition.
Details of the complaint are not known, nor is the cause of the collapse, which is to be probed, according to a statement made by Mayor Michael Nutter.
No workers were reportedly to have been harmed in the collapse. Construction-related accidents, such as this one, can have catastrophic consequences not only for workers, but also for bystanders. Construction companies, whether conducting construction projects or demolition projects, are bound by numerous rules. The Occupational Safety and Health Organization is responsible for enforcing these rules, and penalizes companies that fail to abide by them.
Workers who are injured because of a company's failure to abide by safety regulations should not only file for workers' compensation, but should look into whether they may be able to obtain additional damages.
In pursuing these claims, it is important to work closely with an experienced attorney. Doing so will ensure that no stones are left unturned with respect to compensation options, and that the best outcome is achieved in the case.
Source: Bloomberg, "Philadelphia Collapse Survivor Files First Lawsuit," Joe Schneider & Edvard Petterson, June 6, 2013.