People expect the buildings and structures they enter to be structurally sound and reasonably safe. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.
Structural collapse accidents happen more frequently than most people realize and when they do, negligence is often to blame. From faulty design to poor upkeep, many building collapse accidents are largely preventable.
Some of the most common negligence-related causes structural collapse causes include:
- Poor design
- Faulty construction
- Insufficient building inspections
- Inadequate building maintenance
- Defective, improper, or counterfeit building materials
- Foundation defects
- Overly heavy loads
- Preventable fires and explosions
- Building code violations
Whether the structure that collapses is large or small, the associated injuries tend to be serious—
or even deadly. It's not uncommon for building collapse victims to sustain catastrophic injuries, including head, brain, back, and spinal cord trauma. In some cases, these injuries may require extensive medical treatment; make it difficult for victims to hold a job; or even necessitate long-term assistive care. The cost of medical treatments and rehabilitative services can add up quickly.
Pennsylvania's premises liability laws require property owners and property managers to take steps to ensure buildings, structures, and grounds are reasonably safe for visitors. Those who fail to do so may be held liable for accidents and injuries that occur as a result of their negligence.
Consult Experienced Premises Liability Attorneys
If you were injured in a structural collapse accident involving a building, overpass, walkway, deck, balcony, stairwell, or other structure, you may be facing a long road to physical recovery, as well as an uncertain financial future.
It's important to understand your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. The skilled attorneys and legal staff with the Accident and Injury Law Group can guide you through each step of the process and help you make the right decisions for your future. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.