Balcony or Deck Collapses Injury Claims Lawyer
Many homes and businesses in Georgia have beautiful balconies or decks to enjoy the outdoors. Some of these structures have been in place for decades, even centuries. It is the duty of the property owner to ensure their building is safe for their guests, including their elevated decks and balconies. When one of these structures collapses and causes serious injuries or death, the property owner may be liable for damages caused by their unsafe premises.
Decks and balconies must meet certain building codes to be considered safe. These codes are designed to ensure the structures can withstand certain weight limits and sustain the outdoor elements. Not only do these building codes need to be met when the deck or balcony is built, they must be maintained for safety. When a deck or balcony is allowed to be used when it is no longer safe, the building owner or business can be held liable if a collapse causes injuries to those on or below the structure. If the deck or balcony was recently built and fails, the contractor who built the structure could also be liable.
Commercial Deck and Balcony Injuries
While homeowners are responsible for maintaining safe decks and balconies to prevent guest injuries, it is more likely that a business will be responsible for a collapsing deck injury. Many restaurants, motels, theaters and other types of businesses have decks or balconies that are available for their customers. When business owners do not ensure proper maintenance is performed on these structures, they can become rotted or weakened over time. It is also the duty of the business owner to ensure that decks or balconies are not overloaded; they may be liable for a balcony that collapses under too much weight.
If you were injured in a deck or balcony collapse on someone else’s property or at a business, contact Race Law Firm today. We can evaluate your claim and advise you on your legal options. You may be able to seek damages for medical costs, lost wages or pain and suffering in a premises liability claim.