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Balcony or Deck Collapse Premises Liability

Athens, Georgia, renowned for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather, boasts numerous balconies and decks that offer an inviting space to bask in the outdoors. However, appearances can be deceiving, as not all of these structures are as secure as they appear. Factors such as inadequate maintenance practices or faulty construction methods can create a recipe for disaster, potentially leading to catastrophic collapses that result in serious injuries or fatalities for unsuspecting victims. At Burnside Law Firm, we passionately advocate for individuals injured in a deck or balcony collapse. Our legal team delves deep into investigating the circumstances surrounding these incidents, meticulously determining the parties at fault for the accident. We believe in holding negligent property owners, construction companies or maintenance contractors accountable for their actions or oversights contributing to the structural failure. Through our dedicated legal representation, we tirelessly pursue compensation for our clients, striving to alleviate their financial burdens and secure justice for the harm they have endured due to such preventable accidents.

College students in Athens often capture moments of joy and celebration on balconies or decks. From posing for pictures during special occasions to commemorating graduations, these outdoor structures have witnessed countless happy moments. However, beneath these joyful gatherings lies the potential for tragedy if the integrity of the deck or balcony is compromised. These elevated structures, often perched one or more stories above the ground, pose a significant risk should they fail or collapse unexpectedly. The repercussions of such incidents extend far beyond the immediate impact, encompassing substantial medical expenses and ongoing personal costs that can burden individuals for a lifetime. This reality is especially poignant for college students embarking on their adult lives, as these incidents can disrupt their aspirations and potential future endeavors, highlighting the importance of ensuring the safety and structural integrity of such commonly used spaces.

Balcony and Deck Collapse Liability: Key Considerations in Premises Safety

Balconies and decks are popular features in residential and commercial properties, providing outdoor spaces for relaxation and social gatherings. However, when these structures are poorly maintained or constructed, they can pose significant risks of collapse, leading to devastating injuries or even fatalities. Premises liability law holds property owners and managers responsible for maintaining safe conditions on their premises, including the structural integrity of balconies and decks. Here are key points to consider regarding balcony or deck collapse premises liability:

  • Legal Duty: Property owners have a legal duty to ensure that balconies and decks are built to code, regularly inspected and properly maintained to prevent foreseeable hazards.
  • Common Causes of Collapse: Several factors can contribute to balcony or deck collapses, such as:
    • Inadequate construction or design flaws.
    • Insufficient support or deteriorated materials.
    • Lack of routine inspections and repairs.
    • Overloading from excessive weight, such as large gatherings or heavy furniture.
  • Risk of Injuries: A collapse can result in various injuries, including:
    • Falls from heights leading to fractures, head injuries or spinal cord injuries.
    • Trauma from collapsing structures, such as cuts, bruises or internal injuries.
    • Psychological trauma and emotional distress for survivors and witnesses.
  • Responsibility for Compensation: Victims of balcony or deck collapses may be entitled to compensation for:
    • Medical expenses, including emergency care, surgeries and rehabilitation.
    • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity due to temporary or permanent disabilities.
    • Pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Proving Liability: Establishing liability in balcony or deck collapse cases typically involves:
    • Gathering evidence such as inspection reports, maintenance records and expert opinions on structural integrity.
    • Demonstrating negligence or breach of duty by the property owner, contractor or maintenance provider.
    • Showing that the collapse was a foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s actions or inactions.
  • Legal Recourse: Victims or their families can seek legal recourse by consulting experienced premises liability attorneys who can:
    • Assess the case, identify liable parties and determine the extent of damages.
    • Negotiate with insurance companies or pursue legal action through litigation if a fair settlement cannot be reached.
    • Advocate for the rights of the injured parties and pursue maximum compensation for their losses.

Balcony or deck collapses are serious incidents that highlight the importance of proactive property maintenance and adherence to safety standards to prevent tragic accidents and uphold the well-being of occupants and visitors.

Have You or a Loved One Been Injured Due to Faulty Construction?

It may seem like a deck or balcony collapse is a simple case of premises liability on the part of the property owner, but it can be more complex. In some cases, it is the fault of the contractor who built the structure, which can be more difficult to pursue. If you or a loved one have been injured in a structural collapse, you need experienced legal representation to pursue the compensation you deserve. Our team at Burnside Law Firm has the experience and fortitude to fight for your claim and pursue a successful victory for your case.

If you live or are a college student in Athens, Georgia, and have been injured in a balcony or deck collapse accident, contact our team at Burnside Law Firm. Your initial consultation is free, and we can discuss your case and the possibility of financial compensation for your injury or loss.

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Athens, GA, 30601

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The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264