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When Tragedy Strikes, You May Have A Right To Recovery If You Or A Loved One Is Injured In A Fire Or Building Collapse

By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire

In my previous blog post, I discussed the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act, the requirements of a contractor, and the remedies of a homeowner when there is a dispute about the work performed.  But what about injuries caused by defective workmanship by a builder or subcontractor?  What happens when a building is not properly designed by an architect or engineer?  In certain circumstances, if a contractor or construction professional fails to follow the required building codes, and that failure leads to a collapse, fire, or other defect in construction that causes injury, an injured party may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.  Recovery is not only possible for work by a contractor in your own home, but also commercial properties, residential facilities, or your workplace.

For example, if a building required a fire suppression system to prevent the spread of fire, and that system was not installed property, or used inadequate or defective materials, any injury that results from the fire could be the responsibility of the contractors that installed the system, the company that may have supplied the defective materials, or the professional architect or engineer if there was a mistake in the design or specifications.  If the fire would have been put out quickly or would not have spread throughout the building, and this was caused by a faulty design, defective materials or construction errors, then any personal injury that results from those defects may entitle in injured party to compensation for their personal injuries and damage to any affected property.  When a deck collapses, or a railing fails and someone gets hurt, this could also be caused by negligent construction or defective materials or design.

The fact is, comprehensive building codes and requirements exist, and sometimes these requirements are not followed in order to save money, or are missed by local building inspectors during the construction process.

If you or anyone you know has been injured in a fire, collapse, electrical hazard in your home or workplace, and have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment to see an attorney, please contact Matthew Fry, Esquire at the Law Firm of DiOrio & Sereni, LLP at 610-565-5700 or email at [email protected].

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