Tampa Collapsing Stairs & Deck Lawyer
Tampa property owners have a duty to ensure their structures follow all relevant building codes. Cutting corners with safety often leads to disaster. We often see this in the case of a stairway or deck collapse.
These accidents are often preventable. Indeed, a structural collapse of any kind is often a good indication of negligence on the part of the owner and the people responsible for building the collapsed stairwell or deck in the first place. Unfortunately, the innocent victims are unaware of any safety issues until it is too late.
If you, or someone that you care about, has been harmed in this kind of a structural accident, an experienced Tampa collapsing stairs & deck lawyer can help. Florin Gray is a team of dedicated Florida premises liability lawyers. We can investigate the root causes of a structural collapse and help you assess the potential liability of the property owner and third parties whose negligence may have contributed to your losses.
Who Is Responsible for a Structural Collapse?
When a property owner invites members of the public onto their premises, there is a legal expectation that all accessible areas of that property will be kept in reasonably safe condition. This often just means exercising a bit of common sense. For example, if a building manager sees there is a broken handrail or step within a stairway, they must repair the problem as soon as possible. Similarly, if there is a deck that hosts members of the public, the management needs to make sure that the structure does not become overcrowded or overburdened with too much weight.
A stairway or deck collapse has the potential to injure–and even kill–dozens of people in an instant. This often increases the difficulty of holding a negligent property owner. There can be multiple, overlapping claims and it may take several months of preliminary investigation just to determine the underlying reasons for the collapse.
In fact, when it comes to more complex deck collapses, it is important to look at the conduct of not only the property owner but the contractors and subcontractors who were responsible for building the structure in the first place. If the deck was built more recently, these contractors may be partially at-fault for any damages sustained by the victims of a collapse.
Don’t Delay, Contact Florin Gray
The State of Florida recently adopted significant changes to the laws governing personal injury claims. Accident victims now only have two years in most cases to file a lawsuit following a stairway or deck collapse. So it is important to seek out qualified legal counsel as soon as possible following your accident.
Victims of these kinds of accidents can still seek a broad range of financial damages, including compensation for their medical bills, loss of income, long-term rehabilitation and care costs, and even payment for their non-economic losses such as pain and suffering. So if you need to speak with a Tampa collapsing stairs and deck lawyer, contact Florin Gray today to schedule a free consultation.