Is your deck safe? Many people automatically assume their deck is safe and put one foot in front of the other stepping out onto it; however, sometimes decks aren’t properly attached to the building. In fact, improper attachment is the most common cause of deck collapses in Georgia and throughout the world.
Last month was National Deck Safety Month. And as Cumming injury lawyers, we want homeowners to know about deck safety in order to avoid a deck collapse. Although it is not always possible to know how your deck was built or whether it is in good shape just by looking at it, you may be able to see if your deck has lag screws. If it does, you can feel better knowing that your deck may be attached to the building correctly.
However, even if lag screws are used but there is no rim joist for the deck to attach to, or if laborers only attached to the fiberboard wall sheathing, then you may have a future deck collapse waiting to happen.
If you notice that nails were used to attach the deck to the building, consider that a red warning flag. Because nails can pull out, a deck collapse is more likely to occur when nails are used. Get this matter addressed immediately so that you can prevent a deck collapse accident from occurring in your home.
If you were injured at someone else’s home in a deck collapse, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, instances of pain and suffering, and more. Find out more about your potential premises liability case by talking with an experienced Cumming injury lawyer at Kalka & Baer today in a free, no-obligation consultation today.