I pride myself in helping clients through their toughest times.- Bill O’Mara
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Virginia Deck Collapse Attorneys See More Falls and Injuries
Our Virginia deck collapse attorneys are conscious of how we are reading more and more about wooden structures giving way and lawsuits being filed against property owners for injuries.
In the next few months, more people will be heading to vacation properties in locations like Sandbridge in Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. While these properties at the beach may look idyllic, many decks were built 40 years ago and sea salt can corrode bolts that hold the wood together.
We have all seen viral videos of deck collapses but failures of decks are no laughing matter. In some cases, deck failures caused very serious injuries and deaths.
Although the deck was deemed to be probably up to code when the home was constructed in 1986, officials said nails that were nearly 30 years old could not cope with the weight of the people on the deck.
Although many deck collapses are in coastal areas, our Virginia deck collapse attorneys have noted some in the mountains or inland. Many decks on properties have not been maintained and pose a hidden hazard.
In 2015, Virginia Lawyers Weekly noted how two cases brought over deck collapses settled for almost $1 million each.
Virginia Deck Collapse Attorneys Help People Injured by Defective Structures
All cases are different and unique and the result of a case cannot be used to predict a future one, but a man from Petersburg in Virginia was awarded $950,000 after suffering serious injuries in a deck collapse.
The victim Petersburg leased an apartment in a five-unit property in Petersburg. When the renter ventured onto the deck for the first time is collapsed. He broke three bones in his right ankle and wound up with a 20 percent disability rating.
Attorneys for the renter heard claims the owner’s agent regarded the rental property as being “like trash” and hired anybody available to do repairs. The renter was represented by Jay Tronfeld, an attorney from Richmond.
On occasions, deck collapses can be fatal. A few years ago, a man from Lynchburg who leaned against a railing fell 12 feet onto concrete and died. That case resulted in a $900,000 wrongful death sentence in 2015, reported Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has an experienced premises liability team ready to help you if you are hurt at a store, hotel, restaurant or other premises. Call our Virginia deck collapse attorneys 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.