Protect yourself from deteriorating decks!
The weather is finally getting nicer, baseball season has started, and deck season is fast approaching. Deck maintenance, regular inspections and repair are necessary to ensure that your relaxing deck experience does not turn into a trip to the hospital!
Every year there are numerous deck collapses that could have been avoided. Decks may collapse for a number of reasons, some of which include:
1. ledger boards pulling away from the house
2. ledger boards splitting
3. rotting boards
4. improper fastening
5. rotting posts and beams
6. joist failures
7. ground failure where the beams of the deck are positioned
If you know how to perform the inspection and repairs, do them now. If you are unsure, find a reputable contractor to do so.
If you were injured in a deck collapse, you may have a legal claim for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and potentially other damages. This claim may not only be against a homeowner. The tenant, the complex association, the contractor or other builder of the structure, the manufacturer of the deck, and/or the housing association may also be liable parties.
Alan Milavetz, Attorney at Law
Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz P.A.
1915 57th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430