Three people were injured after a concrete balcony gave way from an apartment building and crashed onto the sidewalk 15 feet down. It happened shortly after midnight on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, in the 300 block of South Street in Philadelphia, and one woman was taken to the hospital on a stretcher.
According to WVPI TV, the authorities do not know why the balcony collapsed, but city inspectors have begun an investigation. Officials believe that the three people were the only ones on the balcony and that no one else was injured.
Who’s to Blame When a Balcony Collapses?
Though we don’t know who is specifically at fault in the incident on Halloween night, generally speaking, the owner of a building has the responsibility to keep the structure in good maintenance so it can be used safely. The building also has to remain in compliance with building codes for safety and fire.
What Should I do if I’m Injured in a Balcony Collapse?
Of course, the first thing is to be safe and seek immediate medical help if injured. After that, an attorney might be needed if your injuries are severe enough. The law regarding premises can be tricky, and you need someone who is experienced in building safety codes and premises liability.
But What if the Balcony was Mine?
If balcony of building that failed was being rented by you or even if you are the owner, you still might need an attorney to help you with issues like insurance coverage and the injuries sustained by you or your guests.
The attorneys at The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. have the knowledge and experience to tip the scales in your favor and help you with your personal injury claims whether you are battling your own insurance company or someone else’s. Contact us today for a free consultation and case evaluation. We will only offer you advice which is in your best interests.