Deck and Balcony Slip and Fall Lawyer
Deck and balcony accidents are happening because of collapsing, believed to be by faulty installation. Negligence and corner-cutting could cost you and your family lots of money in medical bills, repairs and other expenses. In this article, you will learn what you can do if you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a balcony or deck collapse due to the negligence of a contractor. You may be able to recover compensation for the injuries you have suffered, as well as property damage.
What causes a Deck or Balcony to collapse?
During construction, cantilevers are installed into the structure, this helps support the deck or balcony. It protrudes with a strong board that fastens outside of the building or to the exterior and it supports vertically to the ground. Decks and balconies most commonly collapse due to water damage or dry rot in the area where the deck attaches to the structure. However, there are many other reasons a balcony or deck can collapse which include:
- Improperly constructing the balcony
- Improper inspection or no inspection
- Too much weight on the balcony (too many people on the balcony at a time)
- The deck not being properly attached
- Railing and staircases deteriorating due to water damage
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, of the 45 million deck structures in the U.S. 60% of them have concerns. The biggest reason being the faulty ledger. This means the connection to the building is not applied correctly, thus causing the deck to split from the structure. Although these collapses are not an everyday occurrence, more than 6,000 people are hurt and need medical attention annually as a direct result from total collapse of balconies.
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Can I collect compensation if I am injured in a balcony collapse?
The answer is absolutely! If you or someone in your family is hurt in a balcony collapse, you may be able to go after the building contractors for compensation, specifically if your injury was caused by the contractors cutting corners or shoddy craftsmanship that caused the structure to collapse or fail. It is a contractor’s responsibility to build you a safe and sound structure, this is what you trust them to do, not to mention you pay for them to do so. If they fail to do this, you have the right to collect compensation not only for your injuries, but also property damage due to their negligence.
There have been successful verdicts and settlements across America that have been rewarded in deck collapse lawsuits. There have been reports of anywhere between $4 million to $20 million awards and settlements due to decks and balconies collapsing that caused a family serious injury, and even death.
Where do I start?
Due to statutes of limitation in California, the time you have to file for a balcony and deck collapse lawsuit may be running out. We want to get you the compensation you deserve for the carelessness of a contractor. Do not waste anymore time. Contact us immediately so we can get you on track and better inform you of the steps you can take towards recovering damages for your specific case.
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