Atlanta Deck Collapse Attorney
Injured in a Deck Collapse? We Can Help You Build Your Case.
Deck collapse cases fall within the category of "premises liability" under Georgia law. This means that the owner of the property –
in these cases, the owner of the collapsed deck – should cover your
injury expenses through their insurance company.
If you have been injured in such an accident, there are a few steps that
you must take:
- First, if a deck collapses and causes you to fall, get medical attention
immediately. This is important not only to get well, but also to document
injuries that may have been caused by the incident.
- Second, if you can take photos, do so! This is not a time to be bashful.
If the neighbor, friend, etc. that invited you over to his deck (which
collapsed) has any decency, he will understand. Wouldn't you understand
if it was your deck that collapsed?
- Third, speak with an attorney. Medical bills can pile up quickly, especially
if you are forced to miss work. You owe it to yourself and your family
to do everything possible to protect your rights.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Receive
The simple fact is that structural collapses happen all the time –
more often than most people would like to know, since it is scary to think
about. Unfortunately, serious injuries can occur when balconies and decks
collapse, including broken bones, back and neck injuries, knee injuries,
fractured hips, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, head trauma, and, in
extreme cases, loss of life.
If you were the victim of a deck collapse due to the fault of a homeowner,
builder, or other third party, you might be entitled to compensation for
the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Instances of pain and suffering
- Lost income due to missed time at work
- Permanent losses
- And more
Victims of Georgia structural collapses should be compensated for their
injuries, and families who have lost loved ones in such accidents should
also be compensated accordingly. However, deck collapse cases can be complex
and should not be entrusted to just any lawyer.
Why Do Decks Collapse Sometimes?
For many homeowners who have a deck, balcony, or porch, this is a question
of safety and liability. Because decks, balconies, and porches are exposed
to the weather—heat, cold, rain, wind, and more—they can become
weakened from climate changes. This means that they should be checked
periodically to make sure there is no decay occurring beneath the surface
that could cause a structural collapse.
Because poor (or no) maintenance could lead to a deck collapse, it is critical
to your safety and the safety of your family and guests to inspect your
structure annually and conduct preventive maintenance. This might involve
having an inspector examine the deck or other structure from time to time
and then making the recommended repairs to avoid a needless structural collapse.
Additionally, it is best not to host a party on a deck or porch. Most porches
and decks are designed to hold a limited amount of weight. When 20 or
more people are added onto the porch or deck, the structure may not be
able to hold the extra weight.
Decks can also collapse because of:
- Poor workmanship
- Inferior or defective materials
- Hasty construction
- Disregard for safety standards
- Lack of inspection upon construction completion
Any of the above-mentioned factors could cause a serious Georgia deck collapse
injury or fatality, and the premises liability lawyers at Kalka &
Baer LLC will review a victim’s deck collapse injury in a free consultation.
Call our Atlanta deck collapse attorneys at (404) 334-4831 today.
Consult with a Deck Collapse Lawyer in Atlanta
We have families and live in neighborhoods as well. The reality of the
situation is that property owners often have insurance for these types
of incidents. Many times, the incident can be handled with the insurance
company in a manner that preserves friendships and good neighbor relationships.
Get help from an
Atlanta personal injury lawyer today for the legal assistance you need.
Kalka & Baer LLC has handled many Georgia deck collapse cases, obtaining significant recoveries
for our clients. If you have been seriously injured while on another's
property, please call us. We understand the stress caused by a sudden
injury, and you will speak with a knowledgeable attorney—not a receptionist
or "case manager." If we are unavailable when you first call,
we will call you back within 24 hours—and most likely well within
that time frame.
Call now to schedule a
free case evaluation with a firm recognized by Georgia
Super Lawyers® and Georgia Trend's Legal Elite in 2009,2012, 2013, 2015 & 2016.