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Virginia Beach Deck Collapse Lawyers Warn of Dangers After Seven Were Injured
Every year, our Virginia Beach deck collapse lawyers read about wooden structures that give way at vacation homes and at other properties.
In many cases when decks collapse, there are many people on them. People who are having a good time seldom realize the dangers posed by decks that may have been built decades ago and suffer from defects or weaknesses.
A few days ago, the dangers were highlighted in Virginia Beach after a deck collapsed at a home in the 1800 block of Duke of York Quay.
First responders were called to the home at 5 p.m. on Sunday. A report on WAVY.com stated a second-story deck collapsed. Virginia Beach fire officials reported there were as many as 20 people on the deck at the time of the collapse.
According to Virginia Beach EMS, seven people were transported to a local hospital for the treatment of injuries. One of them had serious but non-life-threatening injuries, WAVY reported.
Additional people at the scene reported injuries but they did not want to be taken to the hospital or drove themselves. Neighbors said a graduation party was being held at the house and about 10 people were standing on the deck when it collapsed.
Eyewitnesses said some people were under the deck and one man was pinned when it collapsed. Those on the deck fell about eight feet.
Virginia Beach Deck Collapse Lawyers Report on More Failures
In recent years, more and more decks have been failing, particularly in coastal areas.
In 2015, an aging deck in Emerald Island in North Carolina collapsed, injuring 24 members of an extended family. Nails that were nearly 30 years old were weakened by the salt and the deck lacked maintenance.
As many as 6,000 people are injured a year by deck collapses, we note on our website.
The most common cause of deck failure is a deck “pulling away” from a house. This type of failure typically occurs because a ledger board was not properly attached to the house. This was reported to be the cause of the recent collapse in Virginia Beach.
Code enforcement inspectors later placed a notice on the second story entrance doors and were reported to be issuing a notice of violation to repair, replace or remove the deck.
Structural failures in decks are also caused by weaknesses support posts and deck joists.
When a deck collapses a property owner, a management company or a commercial enterprise may be liable for injuries and even deaths.
Be careful if you are on a deck or around a pool. If a deck starts to show signs of strain, you should avoid overcrowding it.
If you have been hurt in a deck collapse in Virginia or lost a loved one, our Virginia Beach deck collapse lawyers can help. We will do a thorough investigation and check whether a deck was constructed with a permit or met building codes. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.