Chicago Porch and Balcony Collapse Lawyer
Representing the Victims of Premises Liability throughout Illinois
Porch and balcony collapses can result in serious injuries and even deaths. Property owners and managers have an obligation to ensure that their porches and balconies are safely built and maintained, including complying with structural safety requirements and building codes. The failure to maintain a safe porch or balcony can result in premises liability for any accidents, injuries, and deaths that occur in a porch or balcony collapse.
The Chicago premises liability lawyers at Dworkin and Maciariello are knowledgeable Chicago accident attorneys who understand the legal complexities of pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in Chicago, including a personal injury lawsuit involving a porch or balcony collapse.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a porch or balcony collapse, contact Dworkin and Maciariello at (312) 754-8775 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Chicago injury attorneys.
Causes of Porch and Balcony Collapses
Porch and balcony collapses are often due to building code violations or poor maintenance. Some common factors that can cause or contribute to a porch or balcony collapse include:
- Excessive weight
- Design or structural defects
- Rotten wood
- Weak support beams and railings
- Rusty nails or fasteners
- Building code violations
- Deterioration of foundation
Chicago Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
One of the deadliest porch collapses in the nation’s history occurred in Chicago on June 29, 2003, which resulted in 57 injuries and 13 deaths. As a result of this catastrophic porch collapse, Chicago city officials tightened building code provisions and inspections on porches, balconies, and decks throughout Chicago.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a porch or balcony collapse, the property owner or manager could be liable in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit under the legal theory of premises liability, which holds property owners and managers responsible for accidents that occur on their property if they failed to adequately maintain the property or warn others about hazards on the property.
The type and amount of damages available in a premises liability lawsuit vary depending on the type of accident involved, the degree of negligence involved, and the amount and type of injuries suffered. Victims of porch and balcony collapses may be entitled to compensatory damages and possibly punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party for his or her wrongdoing, and deter future negligent or intentional wrongdoing.
Compensatory damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
Get the Legal Help You Need
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a porch or balcony collapse, the knowledgeable Chicago premises liability attorneys of Dworkin and Maciariello can advise you of your legal rights and aggressively advocate on your behalf to protect your rights. Contact our office at (888) 877-2923 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago porch collapse lawyers.