Are Building Code Violations Effective in a Slip & Fall Case?
After a slip and fall, you may be unable to work and face significant treatment for your injuries. You may be concerned that you will be unable to provide for your family. If your injuries were caused due to the negligence of someone else, you may be eligible for compensation. One way to prove negligence in a slip & fall case is through violations of your local building code. However, there are certain factors that must be met to prove that building code violations caused your injury.
The first step to proving a building code violation caused your injury is to gather evidence. As with any slip and fall case, you need to obtain photographs of the area where your fall occurred. The photos should show any item you believe is a violation of the building code, such as stairs with no handrails or steps that are not evenly spaced. Be sure to also photograph your injuries as well. Talk to witnesses who may have seen your fall and get their contact information. Write a statement that describes the entire incident immediately after the fall while it is still fresh in your memory.
Building codes exist in every area of the country. There are often state and local codes that builders must follow during construction. Building inspectors are required to confirm that all building codes are met. Unfortunately, there are some construction companies that cut corners and may find ways to avoid some of the necessary inspections. In addition, older buildings may not be inspected regularly. Buildings can settle as they age and this could lead to areas of the building that no longer meet codes. You can often find current building codes online through state or city websites or you can visit your local planning office to request a copy of the code. If you find building code violations related to your slip and fall, you may have a claim for compensation.
Types of Violations
There are many different types of building code violations that can lead to a slip & fall case. Broken or uneven staircases as well as steps without handrails are often violations of the building code. Public buildings are required to have handicapped access. Ceilings that are in disrepair and in danger of failing or failing to follow fire codes are all instances where the building code may have been violated.
If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall due to a building code violation, contact Lundy Law today to learn if you have a slip & fall case. You can arrange for your initial consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing the simple query form online.