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A balcony collapse occurring in 2013 made headline news when 33 people were injured, two of them seriously, in Miami.  The accident occurred when the deck of a popular waterfront restaurant suddenly collapsed as over 100 people gathered on it to celebrate the Miami Heat game.  Restaurant patrons tumbled into the waters and were injured in the process.  Twenty four patrons were transported to the hospital, with two in serious condition.  A number of premises liability cases arose from the accident in Miami and the structure was deemed unsafe.

This 2013 balcony collapse is just one of many to occur every year.  Balcony collapses often happen in apartment and condominium buildings, hotels, restaurants, and elsewhere.  Throughout Florida, there have been several instances of major balcony collapses that sent several to the hospital.

Causes of Balcony Collapses

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A Miami woman had to be rescued from her vehicle on Wednesday, March 4.  The accident victim became trapped inside her vehicle after a rollover accident occurred on I-95 southbound at around 7:30 a.m.  Miami Fire Rescue crews found the woman trapped in her car that had rolled over on its side.  Rescue crews were able to extricate the woman from the vehicle, and then transported her to Jackson Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Another vehicle suffered damages in the accident, but the driver was not injured.  Three express lanes on I-95 southbound were closed and three local lanes blocked as emergency crews responded to the scene.

Rollover car accidents like the one described above cause about 30% of all car accident deaths.  Our Miami car accident lawyers find those who survive a serious rollover accident are often left with severe and sometimes life threatening injuries.  Some rollover crashes are single-vehicle accidents, but even in such accidents the driver may not be responsible for the accident.  Faulty vehicle designs or defective roadways can contribute to the likelihood of a rollover crash.

The Causes of Rollover Accidents

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There are many different types of construction defects that can happen during a development project, but there are some unique issues that arise during the construction of a condominium property. There are three different types of defects that might arise in a condominium project, which are:

• Improper design for the project;
• Negligent workmanship during the construction of the condominium; and • Defective or faulty materials used during the construction of the property.

If there have been construction defects in the building of the condominium, then it is important to take action as soon as these problems are discovered. The knowledgeable and tenacious Miami construction defects lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in representing the interests of property owners.

When there is a condominium project, there are many different types of professionals and workers who could have caused the defective construction. These individuals include the architect or design professional, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, and material manufacturers. Pursuant to Florida law, there are several different types of legal actions that may be brought when there are problems with a construction project. These include breach of contract claims and negligence actions. If the defects were caused by negligence outside the scope of the contract, then the legal system is going to impose liability on the individuals who were directly responsible for the work that was done.
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