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