The premises liability attorneys at Farah & Farah in Jacksonville Beach have learned that a three-story house, that was the scene of a balcony collapse that left eight people injured, has been condemned by Neptune Beach building code officials.
The collapse occurred as Independence Day revelers celebrated on the balcony. Witnesses say that from 20 to 50 people were on the balcony and an undetermined number of people were below it when it collapsed.
One witness interviewed by the Florida Times-Union said that balcony was filled with “young people who were obviously having a good time and jumping around.” He went on to say that he was surprised “nobody got killed.”
Although none of the injuries were considered life threatening, four people were transported to the hospital and four others were advised to seek medical treatment on their own.
Building inspectors condemned the house after it was determined that the home’s three other balconies were constructed of rotting wood. Inspectors also indicated that the balcony supports might not have been constructed with structural-grade lumber. The other residents of the house were given 48 hours to leave.
Authorities said that the home was condemned to assure there would be no repeat of the Fourth of July incident. The police chief of Neptune Beach told ActionNewsJax.com that the collapse could have been prevented.
“Had [the balcony] been properly maintained… it shouldn’t have fallen.”
Under Florida law property owners have a responsibility to ensure that safety hazards on their property do not cause harm to guests or residents. Except in cases of trespassing, property owners are liable for injuries that occur due to preventable hazards on their premises.
Have you been injured due to the negligence of a property owner? You may be entitled to compensation for damages. If you believe you have a case, contact Farah & Farah. Our knowledgeable and dedicated legal team will review your case and discuss your legal options. Call us at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online to learn about your legal rights today.