A Georgia woman was recently awarded $500,000 after suffering serious injuries in a house deck collapse. The accident occurred in October 2014 during a party. The victim broke her leg in two places and claims that the pain has never gone away.
The trial focused on the deck itself – its condition, who was responsible for its installation and maintenance and who should be held liable for its collapse.
During the trial, a contractor who rebuilt the deck after it collapsed testified that the deck was rotten and not properly attached to the house. The victim’s representatives also noted that the owner had performed repair work on the deck’s most dangerous parts, but failed to properly complete all necessary repairs. The landlord said he was not responsible and blamed the renters, saying that they should have been aware of the state of the deck, but the jury ruled that the landlord was mostly to blame, given his failure to address the problem before renting out the house.
Property owners have a duty of care to guests to take all reasonable precautions to ensure safety. When property owners breach that duty of care and a person is injured, as in the above deck collapse case, that owner can be held liable for any damages resulting from the accident. These can include pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and more.
If you have suffered injury on someone else’s property due to unsafe conditions, speak to a premises liability attorney. Our lawyers have extensive experience assisting victims of injury in premises liability cases.