If you suffer injuries in an accident on a business’s or individual’s property, you must prove the negligence of the at-fault party in order to be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Witness statements, pictures, and expert witness testimony are some of the evidence that you may need to help prove this. Another very helpful piece of evidence that can make proving the negligent party’s liability much easier is if you can prove that a building code violation at the property caused your injuries.
How Building Code Violations Can Prove Your Premises Liability Claim
Building codes have been created by state and local governments to ensure that buildings are designed, constructed, and maintained in a safe manner. These rules govern building materials and components, design, electrical systems, plumbing systems, and much more. Businesses and property owners have a duty to maintain their properties in compliance with these building codes. When they violate building code regulations, they are violating the basic safety requirements for their properties. Common types of violations include:
- Broken staircases and missing handrails
- Unsafe porches and balconies
- Faulty wiring
- Faulty plumbing
- Inadequate or broken lighting
- Crumbling and leaking ceilings
- Handicap access problems
- Defective elevators or escalators
- Fire violations
- Other dangerous conditions
In some cases, tenants, visitors, and others will complain to a local building inspector about possible code violations. In this situation and others, the building inspector may inspect the property and write the business or property owner a letter outlining the building code violations. Evidence like this can strengthen a negligence claim.
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