Often times, a collapse of a balcony or deck can lead to serious injuries or even death. An injured party may file a claim or lawsuit to seek compensation for damages sustained.
Under the premises liability law of California, the owner of the property should exercise reasonable care of the property. A defendant can prove that he/she exercised reasonable care by showing her or she did the following:
Generally, landlords will be held liable in the event the rented property has an unsafe deck or balcony which resulted in an injury. Liability attaches on a landlord because the landlord has an obligation to timely inspect, correct the defects, and warn the tenants regarding possible dangers.
The contractors/builders’ liability generally attaches if the deck or balcony was not constructed in a manner required under regulations and existing standards.
If you are injured on the property belong to a third party, you can sue the:
Particularly, to sue the defendant for the injuries sustained due to a balcony or deck collapse, the injured party must prove that:
As mentioned, sometimes the party, who is liable, is the building contractor. The liability of the building contractor is hard to prove but it is still possible by engaging professional experts in your case by bringing expert reports or using their statements as evidence.
In order the prove that the property owner knew or should have know about the defective condition of the balcony or deck, the plaintiff can provide evidence showing the negligence of the property owner in the following ways:
A plaintiff may seek compensation arising out of a injury sustained due a collapse of a balcony or deck. Examples of such compensation may include the following:
In the event a death occurred due to a balcony or deck collapse, a party may file a lawsuit to seek compensation for a family member by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a balcony or deck collapse, we invite you to contact our Los Angeles Personal Injury attorney at (310) 943-1171 for a free consultation and case review. Our attorneys will evaluate the details of your case and advise you on what to expect and how you can proceed.
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