Deck and Porch Collapse Injuries
Snow melts, spring rolls around, and people open their windows and doors and come outside again onto their porches and decks. Porches and balconies on multi-story apartments are a popular place for relaxation with friends and neighbors on summer nights. Likewise, people roll out their grills and lounge chairs onto their backyard decks for weekend cookouts and pool parties. When people buy or rent a home, they expect—perhaps more than anything—a healthy and safe living environment for themselves and their families. Unfortunately, safety is sometimes more an expectation than a reality, and accidents involving a porch, deck or balcony collapse can cause serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a deck or porch collapse in Massachusetts, it is critical to contact a skilled Boston personal injury attorney at Altman & Altman LLP as soon as possible to maximize your chances of financial recovery.
Injuries resulting from a porch or deck collapse could have a variety of causes. While some collapses may result from over-occupancy or rotting wood, the causes may lie deeper—that is, in faulty construction, failure to warn, or failure to comply with modern building codes. First, liability might fall on a manufacturer(s) of faulty or defective materials used to build the porch or deck, such as nails, screws, screens or boards. Secondly, the construction company that built the porch or deck may be liable for faulty design or construction. Finally, if you were injured in a porch or deck collapse while visiting the house of another, the owner of the house may also be liable for failure to keep the porch or deck up to current building codes. If a loved one has been killed in a deck or porch collapse, you may also be entitled to file a wrongful death claim.
Most deck, porch, and railing collapse cases involve legal theories of negligence, premises liability, product liability, and construction law. The attorneys at Altman & Altman LLP understand that when an individual or groups of individuals choose to utilize a deck, porch, or railing, it is assumed that they are safe to support them and free from any defects. We have the understanding and expertise at Altman & Altman LLP to navigate through these legal theories and assist you in recovering for your injuries.
Our attorneys understand that seeking recovery for an injury can be confusing and overwhelming. At Altman & Altman LLP, we will help guide you through these tumultuous times and answer any questions you may have. Our lawyers have over four decades of experience with these types of cases and have produced significant recoveries for many clients over the years.
Please note that we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we accept no fee unless you recover. Call us toll free if you or a member of your family has been injured, we will do all we can to assist you. We also frequently make house calls if traveling has become difficult for you due to an injury.