Atlanta Porch Collapse Attorneys
There is nothing in the world quite like enjoying a Georgia summer night outside on a porch or a deck. It’s a perfect place to catch up with friends and family or just sit by yourself to watch the weather. Especially when they are new, they can feel almost magical. Unfortunately, for too many people each year, a porch is also the scene of a shocking, painful accident. Reports of porch collapse are all over the news in our state. People have been hospitalized and even killed because some kind of structural instability in or under a porch results in a sudden collapse.
Georgia law strictly states that property owners must maintain their premises to ensure the safety of innocent people. When a property owner’s negligence causes an accident that injures someone, that owner can be held legally liable, or responsible. The premises liability attorneys at Ausband & Dumont strongly believe that you deserve financial compensation if you were hurt because of a porch owner’s negligence.
Some Causes of Porch Collapse
Porch collapse can be prevented by common sense safety measures and simple maintenance. Some of the most simple prevention methods, like a weather-sealing finish, can keep a deck from rotting and falling apart. Another way to prevent problems, such as poor design, includes a thorough look at design plans and a discussion surrounding any potential flaws. Even though constant upkeep can seem expensive or inconvenient, porch owners have to consider safety a priority. Some preventable causes of porch collapse are:
- Exceeding the weight limit
- Rotten or otherwise compromised support beams
- Poor construction
- Lack of inspection or regular maintenance
- Low-quality floor materials
Porch owners should be on the lookout for these problems to prevent collapse and injury. Failure to do so makes them legally responsible for those hurt by their carelessness.
What Can I Do?
If you or someone close to you has suffered physical harm due to porch collapse, you might be able to recover the costs of medical bills and/or wages lost from missed work days. Contact the premises liability attorneys at Ausband & Dumont to consult with a knowledgeable legal professional. You can call us at (404) 812-0051.