Every year in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people suffer serious injuries in accidents that occur on property, both public and private. Some of those accidents are caused by a failure to comply with local, state, and national building codes.
Building codes have arisen over many decades in an effort to create safe buildings and facilities. The minimum standards in building codes must be complied with in order to create a safe environment for visitors and occupants. Codes govern every part of the construction of a building, and regulate materials, design, components, and building practices. Building codes can also require the installation of a sprinkler system, emergency escapes, smoke detectors, elevators, and much more. The enforcement of local, state, and federal building codes is usually handled by building inspectors.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for tenants or visitors to property to suffer injuries that were caused by a building code violation. The violation may create a hazardous environment. When a person is harmed, he or she can file a lawsuit to receive compensation from the individual or company responsible. In order to build a case, normally the victim must prove the defendant was negligent. In this situation, if a landlord was violating a local, state, or federal building code, that code violation could be used to prove negligence.
If you have been harmed on someone else’s property, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston premises liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.