Georgia Building Collapse Wrongful Death Lawsuit Lawyers
Building collapses are either planned or unplanned. For example, a Florida condo building in 2021 tragically collapsed without notice killing dozens of residents and injuring many others. Buildings that collapse due to defective design, poor construction, or any other reason connected to the negligent actions of an individual or business can cause injuries, fatalities, and other serious harm.
When land for new construction is not available, it might be necessary to demolish a building to be able to build a new structure. Demolishing an old building should be a safe, planned and controlled collapse. However, several circumstances cause injuries or death during a planned demolition:
- The explosive charges detonate before the building is clear;
- Those who are responsible for ensuring the building fails to make sure workers are not in the building to be demolished;
- The demolition site is not cordoned off to prevent people from walking onto the demolition site;
- Workers and people in the area were not given appropriate notice about the demolition;
- The demolition charges are too powerful, causing the building to explode and send debris instead of collapsing into itself.
General contractors are usually responsible for making sure that a qualified demolition crew performs the building demolition. The demolition crew will place explosives in the proper areas, and the charges will have sufficient strength to finish the job. Walkthroughs must be conducted before the charges are detonated to make sure no one is inside the building. Anyone caught inside the building or close to the blast radius will be injured or killed after the explosives are ignited. When someone is injured or killed in a building demolition caused by negligence, the demolition company could be held liable for monetary damages.
Other Causes of Building Collapses in Georgia
A building can collapse unexpectedly for various reasons. When people are near or trapped inside a building as it collapses, they can be injured or killed by falling debris. In some tragic circumstances, people can be buried alive, suffer traumatic brain injuries, sustain broken bones and internal trauma as a result of the falling debris or if entrapped between floors. Buildings can unexpectedly collapse when:
- The foundation or lower floor is defective;
- Too much much weight is placed on upper floors;
- The building is hit by heavy machinery;
- When earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes, tornados, or other natural disasters strike the building.
Buildings constructed according to the Florida construction code typically do not collapse without extreme weather events. It is usually construction defects, poor maintenance, or negligence that cause building collapse.
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