Hazardous Building Accident

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/22/2017)

For most people, buildings are not a source of concern or worry on a day to day basis. Generally speaking, the buildings in which we live, work, and spend our free time are well-constructed and pose very little risk of injury to the occupants. This is largely because modern society has produced highly trained architects and engineers that know how to safely construct buildings, and also due to the regulatory scheme that states have imposed on construction projects. 

Unfortunately, accidents still occur in spite of these advancements, sometimes resulting in serious injuries to those affected. Florida law allows victims injured by hazardous buildings to recover for their losses in the form of a personal injury claim. Because of the complicated legal and technical issues that are often raised in hazardous building accidents, it is important for victims to discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as they can.

Common Causes of Hazardous Building Accidents

There are many ways that a hazardous condition in a building could cause an accident. In some cases, they may have to do with the structure of the building itself, while in others an accident could occur because of conditions caused by building occupants, such as poor lighting or wet floors. Some of the more common types of hazardous building conditions that may result in an accident include:

  • Slippery floors
  • Falling debris
  • Uneven stairs
  • Lack of handrails in stairwells
  • Holes in floors
  • Improper construction materials
  • Defective construction work
  • Exposed electrical wiring
  • Fires caused by dangerous conditions
  • Defective appliances
  • Presence of hazardous or toxic materials
  • Torn carpeting
  • Loose railings
  • Unstable structures

Liability following a hazardous building accident could fall on a variety of parties. For example, if a roof collapsed due to shoddy construction or errors made when performing maintenance, the company that was responsible for the roof could potentially be at fault. If, on the other hand, a dangerous condition was caused by the way in which the property owner decorated the building, he or she may be deemed liable for any injuries that resulted from an accident.

Negligence Per Se and the Florida Building Code

In most personal injury cases, the party that sustained the injury must establish that the defendant was somehow negligent, and that negligence resulted in the accident at issue. In certain cases, however, negligence may be proved by showing that the defendant was not in compliance with an applicable statute or regulation.

Known as Negligence Per Se, this doctrine allows a jury (or judge) to consider violation of a statute, ordinance, or regulation as evidence of negligence. Florida’s building code regulates everything from alterations to an existing structure to plumbing. This can be relevant to victims of hazardous building accidents in that any violation of these regulations could be sufficient evidence to establish negligence. 

As a result, it is extremely important for people injured in hazardous building accidents to retain an attorney who has experience with the Florida building code as well as with litigating hazardous building accident injuries. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.

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