Witnesses say they heard a loud crash just after dinner and discovered that the deck on the second floor of the rental home had broken off the house and collapsed to the ground below. A lifeguard on patrol stopped to assist those who were trapped under the wreckage. It is unclear how many people were on the deck at the time, but three suffered minor injuries, and two suffered serious head injuries.
Even though the media reported the injuries as not life-threatening, this does not mean that such injuries may not be life-altering. Head injuries can result in long-term cognitive impairments, physical disabilities and a lifetime of struggle. Those who suffer head injuries as a result of a property owner’s negligence may have recourse to compensation that may allow them to obtain the quality treatment they need.
Did the deck meet construction codes?
Decks on rental properties must follow strict codes, including inspections, permits and annual re-inspections. A deck collapse may leave victims with catastrophic injuries and costly medical bills. Virginia victims of poorly maintained property may find an advocate in a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney.
There are many construction aspects that go into assuring the ledger board is properly attached. Primary Questions: Were lag or carriage bolts used? If so, are they the correct type, size, spacing, and depth? What was the ledger board connected to? Was flashing used to prevent water damage?