July 9th, 2013

Who can be sued in a building collapse accident?

Building collapses tend to occur due to the combined negligence of multiple parties. Therefore, building collapse litigation tends to be very complex. The parties in a building collapse situation often vary depending on the type of building involved. In construction building collapse cases, or where a building under construction collapses, there may be anywhere between 5 to 10 defendants. The defendants may include:

  • the general or prime contractor,
  • multiple subcontractors (i.e., steel companies, equipment operating companies, etc.),
  • the architect,
  • the owner,
  • product manufacturers,
  • product distributors, and
  • product retailers.

In a building collapse case involving an already standing building, the usual parties include the owner, the property management company, the architect (business or individual) who designed the building, contractors, etc.

Related article: OSHA & Demolition Operations – Worksite Safety Considerations

One of the often overlooked claims in any building collapse case is a defective product claim. On a construction site, for instance, a malfunctioning bulldozer or crane may cause a series of events which culminates in the eventual collapse of the building or part of the building.


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