Many apartment dwellers enjoy their porches as an additional space to relax or entertain. While this may be an ideal area for enjoying the outdoors, porches have the potential to be very dangerous as well. Wooden porches must be maintained in order to withstand the constant weight of people and outdoor furniture.
If you live in a building that is managed by another person or company, it is the responsibility of that person or company to ensure the safety of all residents by maintaining the condition of your porch. Porches are exposed to the elements and may begin to wear down after many years of use. Also, porches that were constructed incorrectly are a serious danger to residents, as the improper construction may not be able to adequately handle the weight of the objects or people that populate the porch at any given time.
Porches that collapse can cause serious injuries and damage to the people and buildings involved. Multi-level buildings may cause the inhabitants of the porch to fall several stories should the porch collapse. This kind of a fall can cause head injuries, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even death.
Whether you live in the building or were the guest of a resident, you have legal rights if you are injured by a porch that collapsed. After visiting a doctor to care for your injuries, contact a lawyer to begin the process of filing a lawsuit against those responsible for your suffering. A Waukesha porch collapse attorney will be able to guide you throughout the legal process.
Contact the law offices of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® today to discuss your legal rights with a Waukesha premises liability lawyer. Call (800) 242-2874 today to schedule your free initial consultation.