An EDM event in Los Angeles ended abruptly when part of the ceiling came down on fans. This occurred on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Exchange LA – a popular nightclub/venue located at 618 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014. The event featured JayR, TYEGUYS, Lucky Rabbit, and was headlined by Brennan Heart.
After part of the ceiling came crashing down onto the crowd, the music stopped and security started escorting people out of the building. The event was shut down just minutes before the headliner was scheduled to go onstage. Videos of the incident are all over social media. These videos show debris covering the floor and some even show debris over some of the people in attendance.
Although the fire department responded and there were ambulances on scene, there has not been an official statement about confirmed injuries. Still, many people have reported that they were hit or almost hit by the falling debris. In fact, at least one of the videos that have surfaced on social media show a man lying on the floor near the debris and quickly standing up. One person claimed that some people in front of them got really hurt and was bleeding.
If you or a member of your family suffered harm in this incident, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The negligent property owners and operators should be held accountable for the harm resulting from this incident. If you are ready to speak to a lawyer about the legal options available to you, contact us today. The experts at the Downtown L.A. Law Group are ready to help you!
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About Exchange LA
Exchange LA is located in the historic Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building, which opened back in 1931. In 2006, the unit where the nightclub is located today was purchased by PAX America. In 2010, after many renovations to the unit, the nightclub launched. It is operated by Insomniac.
Rain in SoCal Affecting Old Buildings
Southern California has definitely had above-average rainfall as of late. Still, it is not enough rain for buildings to be severely damaged. Although rainfall and storms can certainly damage buildings – especially old buildings – there are many other factors that should be considered before automatically blaming any roof or ceiling collapse incidents on the weather.
What Can Lead to Roof and Ceiling Collapse Incidents?
There are many different things that can contribute to roof and ceiling collapse incidents – other than rain. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the different possible causes of these incidents:
Poor roof design – if the roof already caves in in some spots, rainwater may sit in the same spot for an extended time and actually damaging the roof over time and weakening it.
No efficient gutters – the gutter system is essential to guide water away from the roof and onto the ground to ensure that the integrity of the entire building is not compromised. If even one aspect of the gutters does not work, then other issues may arise.
Failure to repair a damaged roof – if there is any sort of damage to a roof, it is important that it is addressed quickly and effectively to prevent any further damage. The roof is essentially the only protection from the elements.
Water leaks – any water leaks, including those caused by a damaged roof or even plumbing issues, can introduce water into the structure of the building. Drywall, ceiling tiles, etc. can get wet and collapse.
Age – a roof that is old and has not had the appropriate maintenance and repairs can collapse. With historic buildings, specifically, it is very common for roofs to have issues that need to be routinely inspected and repaired or even replaced entirely.
Heavy loads – it is customary for HVAC units to be installed on rooftops in commercial buildings. Some roofs are simply not designed to carry so much weight.
The truth is that rain alone is not going to cause a roof or ceiling to collapse, although rain may worsen existing problems. In general, these problems can be traced back to the failures of the property owners and even of the operators of the event space.
Explaining Liability in Roof and Ceiling Collapse Incidents
These incidents fall in the category of premise liability. Under premise liability, all property owners as well as operators have a duty to keep their guests safe. In other words, owners and operators have a duty to routinely inspect their premises to be able to identify and address any hazards or dangerous conditions before any incident occurs. When owners and operators fail to do this, incidents can occur, and they could be liable for all resulting harm.
For example, if the owners/operators of Exchange LA and the building where it is located had identified that the ceiling was compromised for any reason whatsoever, they could have rescheduled events at the venue to allow time for them to address the situation – and the ceiling may have never collapsed on innocent attendants.
What does this mean for those who were harmed by the ceiling collapse incident described above? Based on the details of the incident, injured victims may have the right to file a lawsuit and recover monetary compensation for the harm that they suffered.
Examples of Injuries Caused by Ceiling Collapse Incidents
Ceiling collapse incidents pose a significant danger to anyone standing, sitting, or even walking in the area immediately below the ceiling and surrounding areas. Potential injuries can include the following:
Head injuries (including traumatic brain injuries or TBIs)
Spinal cord injuries
Ocular injuries (injuries to the eyes)
Facial fractures (including broken nose)
Crushing injuries (from large pieces of the ceiling or roof falling)
Can I Recover Compensation for a Ceiling Collapse Injury Claim?
Yes, if you suffered any injuries or other damages associated with a ceiling collapse incident, you could be eligible to recover compensation. Although every claim is different, some of the compensation that you could ultimately recover could include the following:
Pain and suffering
In case of death, surviving family members that file wrongful death claims may be able to recover compensation for all medical care prior to the victim’s death, the loss of financial support, loss of consortium, and even funeral/burial costs.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are more than ready to help you recover the maximum payout available for your claim. From the start of the legal process, we will evaluate your claim details to determine its potential value. Whether we have to negotiate with the insurance company involved to reach a settlement or take your claim to court to reach a verdict, you can trust that our legal team will do everything necessary to get you the payout that you are owed.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
In California, all claims are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants fail to file claims within the time allowed by the statute of limitations, they can lose their right to sue entirely. Personal injury claims (and wrongful death claims) are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. In other words, any victims of the Exchange LA ceiling collapse incident have up to two years to file lawsuits for any injuries suffered. If you are thinking about pursuing a claim but are unsure of the time that you have to sue or what to do next, contact us as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to guide you every step of the way.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Our legal team here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group is fully committed to fighting for the rights of those injured due to the negligence of property owners/operators. Those present at Exchange L.A. when the incident occurred were expecting to have a great night enjoying their favorite music. Instead, a portion of the ceiling collapsed, cutting the event short, and potentially injuring many attendees. If you or a member of your family suffered injuries at Exchange L.A., you may have grounds to sue. It is important that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
Here at our law firm, our legal team offers free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our ceiling collapse injury lawsuit lawyers will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to either start or continue your claim. Whether you are looking to begin your claim or change representation after starting your claim with another legal team, we can help you.
We offer a Zero-Fee Guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay upfront legal fees to speak with our lawyers. In addition, our team works strictly on contingency; this means that our clients will not be required to pay any legal fees unless their claims are successful. If you do not win, you will not be required to pay anything at all.
If you are ready to speak with our lawyers about your right to sue for harm suffered in the Exchange L.A. ceiling collapse incident, contact us today.
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