Building codes spell out rules to ensure the premises are safe. A building code violation, therefore, could cause injury if the property is unsafe. Learn some of the common types of violations in Denver and injuries that can occur as a result.
Common Types of Building Code Violations
The following are examples of building code violations that could cause harm to others:
- structurally unsafe (building itself, walls, roof);
- defective gas/oil/fuel-fired devices/equipment;
- bare or unapproved wiring;
- hazardous materials;
- unsanitary conditions;
- lack of fire exits/smoke detectors;
- inadequate lighting;
- blocked ducts or air shaft openings;
- lack of safeguards in place during construction;
- inappropriate height/missing handrails; and
- incorrect depth/height of stairs.
The victim and/or his or her family can seek compensation from the property owner in a premises liability claim if:
- the condition exists on an owner’s property;
- the owner knew of the dangerous condition (or should have known of it); and
- the dangerous condition caused injury.
Physical Harm from Building Code Violations: Falls, Burns, Exposure
Falls can happen when:
- there isn’t enough lighting;
- handrails aren’t available;
- stairs are defective; or
- a railing isn’t properly installed.
Of course, the further someone falls, the greater risk of sustaining serious injuries. These can range from fractures to head trauma and even brain damage. The second type of injury most often suffered as a result of a building code violation is a burn. Fires can start because of faulty wiring or a defective fuel-fired device.
The risk of burns and other fire-related injuries increases when there aren’t working:
- smoke detectors;
- fire sprinklers;
- fire extinguishers; and
- fire exits.
Finally, harmful toxins or chemicals can result in serious illness when exposed, especially for long periods of time. Some may affect an individual’s respiratory system, while others can cause harm to the central nervous system.
Steps to Take if a Building Code Violation Caused Serious or Fatal Injuries
Whatever the type of physical harm suffered, it’s important to know what to do if there was a violation of building codes. This can help establish a case against the property owner.
Check to see what the building codes are for the city and county of residence. This information may be found at a local library or county building department. The most recent building codes for the city and county of Denver are online.
It’s very important to seek advice from an attorney.
There could be substantial:
- medical bills for a serious injury;
- lost wages;
- out-of-pocket costs; and
- emotional damages like pain and suffering.
Families who have lost a loved one may recover compensation for economic and noneconomic damages through a wrongful death claim. Legal counsel can investigate the matter to determine if a building code violation was the cause of an accident and can examine liability.
Talk to D.J. Banovitz about Injuries Related to a Building Code Violation
Discuss your case with an attorney in Denver by setting up a consultation with D.J. Banovitz. Call 303-300-5060 or contact us online to schedule your appointment and get started on your case today.