Countless people are needlessly harmed every year by ceilings that fall on them.  In New York falling ceilings are a hazard. Falling ceilings are due to negligent maintenance. Certain precautions should be taken to prevent ceiling collapses from occurring and needlessly injury people. Negligence on the parts of landlords, store owners, businesses, and their contractors, unnecessarily exposes people to needless harm – it creates an unsafe environment that puts the lives of all tenants and their guests or workers at risk.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a collapsing ceiling, call one of the experienced, knowledgeable, and hard working Falling Ceiling Accident Lawyers at Sonin & Genis. We are proud that one of our verdicts in a personal injury case was written up as one of the top jury verdicts of the year in the National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, New York Magazine, and ALM Verdictsearch.

Serious injury is always a possibility when a ceiling collapses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York ceiling collapse, you need the expert personal injury lawyers at Sonin & Genis in your corner.

When a ceiling falls on you, it can cause death, paralysis, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), spinal injuries, broken bones, fractures, damages to discs, nerves, muscles and tissues in the spine, to joints and their tendons, ligaments, nerves and cartilage – especially vulnerable joints like knees, shoulders, wrists, feet, ankles and elbows. Protruding, bulging or herniated discs can be disabling. Other disabling injuries include: torn rotator cuffs to shoulders, torn meniscus and chondromalacia to knees, carpal tunnel syndrome to wrists, and other injuries.

Trauma to joints can cause or aggravate painful and disabling arthritis and degenerative joint disease. Surgery may help but not cure these injuries. Recovering from these life-altering injuries is not only painful; it requires costly and time-consuming medical treatment, doctor visits and rehabilitation. Costly medical treatment and doctors visits are required to treat these injuries.

Victims are often temporarily or permanently unable to work, or work with difficulty, limitations or restrictions and may have a diminished work life and diminished earnings because of their injuries.


At Sonin & Genis, we will fight tirelessly to ensure you receive full compensation for your injuries and their resultant pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life as a result of a New York ceiling collapse. Injuries commonly sustained in ceiling collapse accidents are serious injuries that can require extensive surgery and rehabilitation, lifelong medical treatment, and months or years of lost wages. The costs associated with ceiling collapses make it vital that you receive proper compensation.

Our excellent attorneys specialize in New York construction accident, landlord liability, negligence and personal injury law, and are ready and willing to go the extra mile to win your fight against those responsible for the conditions that led to your injury.

You need a lawyer that understands and knows the medicine, engineering and biomechanics of injury and is able to educate and teach a jury the significance and permanent consequences of these harms and losses, so that a fair jury can provide the helps and fixes that justice requires. You need a lawyer that has the knowledge and ability to successfully cross-examine the stable of defense doctors and litigation experts that the insurance companies routinely rely on to deny liability, causation and damages to deprive injured people their fair compensation.

We have an excellent medical, forensic and engineering reference library.  We read and research medical and other journals regularly.  Our lawyers have taught Continuing Legal Education Classes and published articles on handling these types of cases and these issues.  Our knowledge, hard work and skill have enabled us to win many significant verdicts on behalf of our clients.

When landlords or others choose to violate basic safety rules and standards of care, the following negligent acts and omissions are substantial contributing factors in causing ceilings to collapse and fall, resulting in harms and losses to members of our community:

  • negligent inspection, maintenance and repair
  • failure to properly fix and repair leaks
  • painting over problems
  • Infestation of rats, insects, and vermin that eat and weaken structures
  • landlord put profits over safety by hiring cut-rate, incompetent or unqualified labors
  • A contractor choose to violate building codes and good and accepted construction practices and did substandard work, used cheap and inferior materials, had inadequate shoring or placed excess weight on a ceiling


It is long and well established how to safely construct and maintain buildings. When a ceiling collapses in New York, it is the result of negligence. When landlords fail to properly maintain their buildings and unnecessarily harms members of our community, they should be held accountable for the losses they caused. At Sonin & Genis we believe that if someone chooses to put your safety at risk and violate basic safety rules, just to save a few dollars, they should be held responsible for all harms and losses caused by their reckless or greedy choices.

Landlords need to be reminded that a fence at the top of the hill is better than an ambulance at the bottom of it.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

For more than 30 years we have been fighting for the rights of the injured, those unnecessarily harmed by the negligence of others, and taking on the tough cases and emerging victorious, winning multimillion dollar awards for our clients and ultimately making the city safer for everyone.

It’s important to act quickly. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a collapsing ceiling caused by the negligence of a municipality – whether in a building that is owned, operated, managed or funded by the City, such as Housing Preservation & Development [HPD] or a school operated by the Department of Education, a County, a Public Authority, such as the New York City Housing Authority [NYCHA], or in a hospital such as one operated by the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation [NYCH&HC], at a train or bus station involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority [MTA], New York City Transit Authority [NYCTA], Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority [MABSTOA], Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit Authority, Port Authority of NY & NJ, New York Sports Authority (or countless other public entities), the State or Federal government – a Notice of Claim is usually required, a legal document that explains your claim, and must usually be prepared by your attorneys and served on the municipality within 90 days of injury, and sometimes sooner. Some private entities receive federal funds, and a claim must be filed with the federal government. Because wherever possible records must be obtained and reviewed before the Notice of Claim is prepared and filed, time is of the essence and it is vital that you act quickly!

At Sonin & Genis, we know that you have more important things to worry about than getting records and preparing and filing legal documents, so we take of everything so that you can focus on taking care of your family, so call the experienced New York Collapsing and Falling Ceiling lawyers at Sonin & Genis.

There are short Statutes of Limitations within which to commence a lawsuit to protect your rights, so it is important to act quickly!

If your or a loved one has been injured, you need top of the league legal representation. Call Sonin & Genis (718-561-4444) to speak to an expert New York falling ceiling lawyer today.

If you have been injured in a New York ceiling collapse, it is imperative that you seek out expert legal counsel as soon as possible.

*Sonin & Genis has taught CLE classes on premises accident cases involving falling or collapsing ceilings.