Berkeley Balcony Collapse Update: Criminal Probe Begins

On June 16, 2015, seven people were sent to the hospital and six others lost their lives when they fell after a balcony in Berkeley gave way. In this Berkeley balcony collapse update, premises liability attorneys note that a criminal investigation into the tragic accident is underway.

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Berkeley Balcony Collapse Update: First Criminal Investigation of its Kind in 20 Years

According to CBS San Francisco, it has been nearly two decades since the last time a balcony collapse in California resulted in criminal prosecution. A current criminal investigation is underway but prosecutors admit that criminal negligence will need to be proved. They have not revealed whether the property owner or someone else is the target of the investigation.

Students were at a fifth-floor apartment for a birthday party. Five of the victims who died were visiting from Ireland and working for the summer in the Bay Area. It is unknown what caused the balcony to collapse, although a preliminary investigation of the accident suggests that dry rot in supporting beams contributed to the Berkeley balcony collapse.

Property Owners Have a Duty to Keep Premises Safe

Owners and occupiers of residential or commercial property have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn against known dangers. If they fail to fulfill this duty, and if an unsafe condition on their property causes injury, they could be held liable for any injuries and damages that result, including an injured party’s:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income or ability to work
  • Permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering

If a person dies because of an unsafe condition on a property, surviving family members may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:

  • Medical expenses incurred prior to death
  • Conscious pain and suffering of the loved
  • Funeral expenses
  • Mental anguish caused by the loss of a loved one

Injured parties or the families of those killed are encouraged to speak to a premises liability lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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