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Warning Signs of Structure Instability

Posted on February 26, 2024

Last month, a Connecticut town was devastated when a historic church collapsed. Without warning, the steeple and roof came crashing down. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the New London church built in 1850 was a total loss, with speculation continuing about the exact cause of the collapse.

Then, just a few weeks ago, a woman died after concrete and bricks fell from an entryway of a building in the Bronx. She was on the steps shoveling snow at the time of the collapse, which was so strong, that it dented the staircase railing and pushed out the fence in front of the property. The property owner was issued violations for failing to maintain the 120-year-old building. 

It was just one year ago this month that part of a building façade collapsed on a woman walking in Center City, Philadelphia. A concrete slab hit the 30-year-old woman in the head, sending her to the hospital in critical condition. The site had a history of building violations, which implies that this could have been prevented had action been taken.

If you live or work in an older property, how can you determine if there is a structural danger? A recent article in Nola.com outlined the warning signs. 

If you or a loved one are a victim of a building collapse in the Philadelphia area, and you believe there was negligence involved, contact a top Philadelphia premises liability attorney to discuss your legal options.