Drumlin Heights Apartments Balcony Collapse Accident Injured Two People In Lysander
LYSANDER, NEW YORK (December 3, 2021) – Two people were injured at the Drumlin Heights Apartments in Lysander after the balcony they were standing on suddenly collapsed.
Onondaga County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19th. Two people were standing on a balcony at the Drumlin Heights Apartments when it suddenly gave way underneath them.
The two victims fell approximately 12 feet and sustained injuries in the process. Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both people.
They were taken to the hospital with internal injuries. A full investigation into the balcony collapse at the Drumlin Heights Apartments remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Lysander Balcony Collapse Accidents
Balcony collapses are far more common than many people realize. According to one analysis by the Chicago Tribune, nearly 6,500 people have been injured by collapsing balconies or porches since 2003. These accidents have resulted in 29 fatalities over the years. One of the major causes of balcony and porch collapse is dry rot. This is what caused a fatal balcony collapse in Berkeley, California. There are a number of other factors that could potentially contribute to a balcony collapse including:
- Failure to replace worn support beams.
- Overloading a balcony beyond its intended limit.
- Failing to comply with building code regulations.
- Failing to replace loose or damaged railing.
- Failing to inspect the balcony for defects.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a balcony collapse. All property owners in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain their properties in a reasonably safe condition. When a property owner has actual or constructive notice of a dangerous condition on their property they must work to correct that condition. Property owners must also do periodic inspections of their property in order to uncover potential defects.
The company that installed a balcony could also potentially be liable for a balcony collapse. Many collapses are due to structural or design defects that are present when a balcony is first made. For example, a balcony could be created with an insufficient number of support beams. Or it could me made with material that is more likely to rust or corrode over time. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any balcony collapse.
- Any person that is injured should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Work records from an apartment complex should be sought.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
- A New York premises liability attorney should be consulted.
Any person that is injured in a balcony collapse can seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Lysander Balcony Collapse Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the two people injured in this balcony collapse at the Drumlin Heights Apartments. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. Who constructed this balcony? Was it properly maintained? Could this accident have been prevented? The vast majority of balcony collapses are preventable and due to human error. Far too often, corners are cut in ways that needlessly put tenants at risk.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a balcony collapse accident? You may be entitled to financial compensation. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.