The Seattle Times reports that 12 members of a youth group were hurt when the deck they were standing on collapsed. None of the teens was seriously hurt but nine teenagers were taken to Pierce County Hospitals for treatment. The teens are between 14 to 18 years in age.
The deck which measured six feet wide and 12 feet long was 14 feet high.
This kind of accident comes under the category of “premise liability“. Premise liability laws consider that the homeowner or property owner are liable for injures suffered by people who visit their premise. In a premise liability case, a victim needs to prove that the property owner was responsible for the dangerous condition. The deck builder may also be liable. The property owner has the responsibility of insuring:
- The deck was built to code and inspected. Deck plans must be submitted before a permit to build can be issued.
- The deck was properly maintained and cleaned.
If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall accident and received a serious injury due to the negligence of a property owner, you should consult a personal injury attorney. The Farber Law Group is a Washington-based firm with more than 30 years experience in representing people with serious personal injuries or wrongful death. Depending on your case. you may be eligible for reimburse of you medical bills, lost wages and damages you suffered due to your injury. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.