Plaster ceilings are subject to cracks and water damage or from movement in the structures above. Together with plaster walls, they may collapse and the plaster surface can break off from traditional wood and lath ceilings and cause damage. When plaster is applied over a gypsum and lath ceiling the entire plaster screed can detach and collapse. If you are injured by falling plaster that has come down in one large piece you could be struck by dozens of kilos in weight and suffer serious head injuries. People have been injured by falling plaster in restaurants, bars, schools, hospitals, churches, shops and offices. Plaster can fall off buildings in the streets onto the pavement below where it poses a trip hazard, or into the road where it can force the traffic to a halt.
How are people injured by falling plaster?
If you are injured by small pieces of falling plaster you may receive injuries typical of being struck by any heavy and potentially sharp object, such as cuts and bruises. You may also inhale dangerous asbestos fibres which can cause lung damage or you might suffer damage to the eye from plaster dust and dirt. Sometimes during the renovation of an old property, you may notice that the ceiling plaster bulges out and moves if you apply gentle pressure to it. This could indicate that the original pieces of plaster which acted as the key to keep the plaster surface in position, have deteriorated and broken.
In a house where there has been any subsidence or movement, or great changes in weather or temperature, or strong, repetitive vibration from nearby demolition sites you might find that the plaster becomes insecure. This can sometimes lead to the catastrophic collapse of an entire ceiling as sections of damaged plaster are removed. If people are in the room when this happens the consequences can be extremely serious.
Do you need no-obligation advice regarding an accident?
If you have experienced an accident which resulted in injuries during the last three years you may be entitled to legal redress. You can contact Accident Advice Helpline and get professional personal injury advice. Call the free 24/7 enquiry line now and take advantage of our 14 years’ experience in this industry. We pride ourselves on good customer service and the fact that we have consumer champion Esther Rantzen’s backing. If you contact us now on 0800 689 0500 you could be in a position to claim compensation via a no-win, no-fee* case.
Category: Accidents at home