Premises Liability and Porch Collapse

» Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Premises Liability | 0 comments

Property owners should make sure that their properties are safe. In fact, they are legally obligated to do so. This is a legal concept called premises liability, and failure to comply to it may result into lawsuits, especially if there are accidents and injuries.

The website of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky says that those who have been injured on such instances may take legal action, such as trying to get compensation from the property owners.

One of the most overlooked premises liability cases is porch collapse. This occurs when a porch gives in, often resulting into injuries such as brain trauma, skull damage, facial disfigurement, broken bones, particularly in the arms and legs, and spinal cord injuries, that may even be severe enough to cause paralyses.

Porches collapse because of many reasons, but these reasons share the same idea – somebody has been negligent, and it’s most likely the property owner. Below are some of the most common reasons.

  • Overloading – Porches are designed to withstand a specific maximum weight, and going over that limit may result into a collapse. Porch collapse because of overloading generally occurs because of two things – the property owner deliberately goes over the weight limit or he or she is not aware of the weight limit. Either way, he or she has become negligent.
  • Poor maintenance – Just like everything else, porches are supposed to be maintained so they are in top condition. This is important because if the porch is not in top condition, it may be prone to defects and wear and tear, particularly on the parts that are vital for their support.
  • Poor support – Speaking of support, it is known as a cause of porch collapse as well. No matter how well-maintained your porch is, if its beams, ledger boards, and joint hangers are not properly installed or not strong enough, it may be prone to collapsing, especially if it holds significant weight.
  • Poor foundation – Buildings are complicated things, and that is why you should hire professionals on constructing them. Even foundations can affect porches. Good building foundations may complement the porch’s maximum weight, and bad building foundations present its own problems.

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