Construction Defects & Injuries
Tens of thousands of catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents occur every year in the United States as a result of defective construction materials, structural and balcony collapses and injuries in dangerous buildings and unsafe construction sites.
Davant & Associates accepts cases where negligence, defective products, OSHA or other safety code violations cause serious injuries or wrongful death.
Balcony, Porch, Deck, Railing and Other Structural Collapses
Porch, deck, balcony and roof collapses are all too common in causing people to be seriously hurt or killed. A property owner owes a duty to make sure that premises are safe, including a duty to make sure balconies and railings are installed and maintained in accordance with appropriate codes and safety regulations. Balconies, porches and decks oftentimes are erected in violation of local codes and regulations and such practices can have tragic consequences. Balcony railings must be at least 42 inches high and have no more than 4 inches of space between the rails. Railings are also to always be maintained in a proper safe and secure manner.
Injuries to Construction Site Workers
Workers may believe that they are only eligible for workman compensation for injuries sustained on a work site, but this is not always the case. It may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit under certain circumstances including:
- Property owners knew about defects and did nothing about them;
- Supervisors allowed OSHA or safety violations;
- Defective building ,materials were involved;
- Contractors/ supervisors failed to ward about known dangers;
- Architects or engineers designed a structure with flaws;
- Defective scaffolding
- Other potential hazards as a result of defective design, construction materials or known dangers.
- Breach of Contract and Property Damage Litigation
Davant & Associates also accepts cases where a breach of contract has occurred and a party suffers the consequences of having invested valuable time money and materials into a project. Not all injuries are physical and the price of having invested time and money can take a serious toll on an individual or company when a structure has design or construction defects.
Other types of property damage may be related to defective materials purchased by a builder or home owner. In recent years such cases have involved such materials as defective dry wall, siding, aluminum siding and other substandard components leading to class action lawsuits.