West Palm Beach Porch Collapse Attorney
When porches unexpectedly collapse, severe injuries can occur. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports nearly 50,000 injuries due to porch collapse each year in the United States. These incidents are responsible for many types of injuries that are very painful and require significant recovery time. Property owners have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for visitors and customers. If their negligence caused your injuries, they need to step up and pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages that were the result of a collapsed porch accident.
If you or a loved one was a victim of injuries from a porch collapse, you might be eligible for financial compensation from the property owner. At Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A., our West Palm Beach porch collapse lawyers can help you bring a premises liability claim for your injuries and associated expenses. Call us today at 561.689.8180 to get started.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Any legal claim can become complicated quickly, but a porch collapse case is guaranteed to be complex. From the beginning, you’ll be facing at least two parties: the property owner and their insurance company. But these parties may very likely name anyone who had anything to do with the porch as well. This means that the contractor who built the porch, the materials supplier who fabricated the pieces that went on the porch, the property manager, and more parties may be brought into the lawsuit. To further complicate matters, each party will likely also bring in their insurance companies. To keep all these people and businesses straight, you’ll need a skilled West Palm Beach premises liability attorney. At Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A., we have the team you need to accurately determine who the responsible parties are so that you can be successful with your claim.
When you bring a claim against a property owner or business owner, you will have to deal with their insurance companies. Don’t try to handle this on your own. The insurance companies are professional dealmakers. They sell deals on their insurance, and they offer “deals” to injured victims. We do not recommend accepting a deal for compensation toward your medical expenses, as these offers are usually far too low to pay for all your current and future expenses. A trusted West Palm Beach porch collapse attorney from Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. will make sure that your needs are fully represented in your claim. We work with the insurance companies frequently, and we know when to accept a settlement and when to push for better compensation.
Why Choose Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A.?
At Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A., we understand that accident victims have to cope with their injuries as well as the aftershock of financial stress and other complications. We firmly believe in using the law to help injured victims. This is what our justice system is all about, and it is why we have devoted our practice to personal injury law. We are dedicated to getting maximum compensation for our clients and making the legal process as easy as possible for you along the way.
The skilled attorneys at Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. are experienced in porch collapse cases as well as other types of personal injury law. We are highly regarded in the West Palm Beach community and across Florida for our legal victories on behalf of our clients. We are also recognized by multiple legal authorities, both in Florida and nationwide. These accolades include Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite, the National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100, the American Association for Justice, the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, and many more.
Porch Collapse Risks
Porches are very common in states like Florida with nice weather, and they can be found in both residential housing and at business locations. According to the North America Deck and Railing Association, there are more than 40 million decks in the United States that are more than 20 years old. This statistic shows just how critical regular porch inspections can be to the safety of people who use them. Property owners and landlords of residential housing or businesses with porches and decks must maintain their property for your safe use and enjoyment.
To fulfill their obligation to keep visitors safe, landowners must regularly inspect their premises and, at a minimum, warn people of any hazardous conditions. They must also make repairs promptly to keep guests, clients, and customers safe. When these steps are not followed — or worse yet, necessary repairs are ignored — people are often seriously injured.
A loose railing is a frequent cause of injuries in porch collapse cases. This can cause anything from a slip or trip to a serious fall, and a loose railing may also be indicative of other structural issues. Total structural collapses are less frequent but generally happen when multiple people are on the porch; this increases the severity of injuries because not only do people collide with obstacles and other debris, but they also collide with one another during a collapse. These types of accidents can cause severe and permanent personal injuries.
Common injuries resulting from porch collapses include:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Lacerations and bruises
- Sprains and strains
- Ligament damage
- Cosmetic damage
These injuries and more will require significant recovery times under the care of medical professionals. Often, severe injuries will also necessitate rehabilitation, home health care, and other medical treatments. Medical bills alone accumulate quickly, and when you cannot work, they become even more stressful. Through a personal injury claim, you can recover money to pay for these expenses, as well as other losses such as lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. Furthermore, if your loved one died in a porch collapse, you can pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for their medical expenses, funeral, and lost income.
Call Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. Today
If you or someone you love was injured in a porch collapse, Schuler, Weisser, Zoeller, Overbeck & Baxter P.A. can help you get the compensation you need for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. You pay nothing unless we win your case, so you have nothing to lose. Call us today at 561.689.8180 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a West Palm Beach premises liability attorney.