During the warm months, many people like to spend time outdoors. It can be very enjoyable to spend time on your deck or porch after a long day at work, or during a relaxing weekend. For many people, the deck or porch is an extension of the home and can be a place to dine, spend time with family and friends, or read a book. However, a porch or deck that is not properly maintained can present a safety hazard to anyone who walks on it, including guests, delivery service people, children, pets, and other members of the household. In fact, New York City has a law stating that homeowners are required to keep their porch or deck in a safe condition. Additionally, homeowners are also required to comply with regulations concerning porch and deck repairs or alterations.
Between June 2016 and August 2016, property owners in New York City may request a free porch or deck inspection at no cost through the NYC Department of Buildings without receiving a violation. This year marks the sixth annual inspection program, the purpose of which is to ensure safety compliance for all homeowners.
It is important to keep a porch or deck properly maintained. Both time and weather can deteriorate these structures, causing rotting and other damage. Such conditions can lead to a collapse, which could result in severe injury or even death. Between 2003 and 2007, the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported 224,000 people were injured annually due to a faulty deck or porch. Some common injuries people may be subjected to following a deck or porch accident include broken bones, damage to the spine and brain, and paralysis.
For more information on New York City’s porch and deck inspection program, click here.
If you have been injured as the result of a deck or porch accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies. Call Georgaklis & Mallas PLLC at (718) 238-2400 or (212) 779-2400.