Buildings must be constructed and maintained to meet a certain level of safety. When a department store, hotel, apartment complex, office space, hospital, or virtually any other property is not up to code, it sets the stage for serious personal injuries. If you were hurt due to a building code violation, you may be entitled to compensation through a premises liability claim.
Here are some of the most common building code violations:
- Missing or broken handrails
- Uneven floors
- Warped, cracked, crumbling, or rotted stairways
- Collapsed ceilings
- Improper drainage systems
- Inadequate lighting
- Outdated or defective electrical wiring, heaters, or stoves
- Malfunctioning escalators or elevators
- Deteriorated or fractured concrete
- Lack of safety glazing in hazardous locations
- Missing or improper window fall protection
All buildings are susceptible to falling out of code over time. But property owners have a duty to ensure that each part of their structure complies with state, local, and federal building codes.
Sometimes, individuals visiting, working, or living on the premises will report building code violations. If the building you were injured in has received a code violation complaint in the past, that can go a long way to help support your case. Our team can also investigate the scene of your accident to look for visible code violations.
Building code violations are a straightforward way to prove negligence. In the end, you may have a case against property owners, government agencies, residential homeowners, or other parties in charge of premises maintenance. And a successful case will provide the compensation you need for your injuries.
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New York City is allowed to adopt different building codes than the rest of the state due to its population. Skilled attorney Reid B. Wissner knows the five boroughs better than most and can help you build a strong premises liability claim.
Call us at 212-903-4529 for your free initial consultation. We serve clients in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New York City areas.