Liability for Injuries cause by Awning CollapseWho is liable when an awning falls on you? This is a good question. Generally, it is possible to hold the following parties liable: (1) business owners; (2) property owner; (3) awning installation company; and (4) awning manufacturing company. Each of these entities can be held liable in their own respective manner. For instance if the building owner was responsible and failed to act they may be liable. Or if the property owner had the awning installed, without proper care, they can be held liable. When the awning installation company does a sub-standard job and injury results they can be held liable. Also, if the awning was defective then the manufacturing company can be held liable. It is important to know who was at fault. Often times this requires expert opinions, on-site analysis and detailed facts regarding the incident.
Common Injuries resulting from Awning CollapseAwning’s can be heavy and when the collapse there is added velocity which can exasperate the injuries. Usually this means that your injuries can include serious head trauma, broken bones, spine compression and other issues. A list of common injuries include:
- Head injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Dental damage;
- Broken hips;
- Facial lacerations;
- Damaged vertebrate
Causes of Awning InjuriesAwning accidents can occur for many reasons. Records show that most accidents occur due to a manufacturing defect. Many of the awning blow outs in RV’s occur because of a defective arm lift or design. These awnings are not designed to handle extreme winds which can cause these awnings to blow off. Often times no one is injured or there is minor property damages. However, other times there are more serious injuries. When an awning collapses while you are walking on a sidewalk there may be different causes. This can occur because the awning was improperly installed, or failed to be maintained. Generally this falls under the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor or in other circumstances negligence. It is important to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss your claim.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.