On April 8, 2015, a partial building collapse in downtown Nashville led to the closing of a section of Lower Broadway. The building, located between Third and Fourth avenues, began to rain bricks down on construction workers and damaged nearby businesses by breaking windows.
The 150-year-old building has been under construction since January, and after the collapse was analyzed by a structural engineer, it was determined that the building still posed a risk to nearby pedestrians and required more support.
Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident; however, had someone been unlucky enough to be standing nearby when the collapse happened, the falling bricks and shattered glass could have easily caused serious bodily damage, catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death.
What Do I Do If I Am Injured by a Collapsing Building?
Building collapses generally occur due to building design, construction or maintenance defects. If you suffer an injury due to a collapse, you could potentially file an injury lawsuit against the builders under the theory of premises liability, which obligates property owners, architects and engineers to ensure public safety when designing and building structures.
Because building collapses involve legal complexities and require close scrutiny of architectural and engineering elements, it is a wise idea to discuss your injury and legal options with an experienced personal injury and premises liability attorney.
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”