Defective Construction Products
Emergency personnel responded to Sandpiper Cove condominiums last Wednesday after a second-floor balcony collapsed. A total of 11 people were taken off-scene for medical care, with six of the victims being transported to Destin Emergency Care and five of the victims taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The victims had been celebrating a friend’s 82nd birthday when the deck collapsed. While no injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Destin Battalion Chief Mark Hutchinson said two of the victims were labeled as “trauma alerts,” while three others were deemed “trauma standbys.” Hutchinson also labeled the incident a “catastrophic” collapse.
One of the oldest condominium complexes in Destin, Sandpiper Cove consists of 631 privately-owned units that sit on 43 acres of land. Built in 1973, the housing complex is now set to undergo an inspection from building professionals in light of the deck collapse incident. While a thorough investigation should determine the cause of the incident, it may also reveal deficiencies in the building process which could have played a factor as well. Fortunately, construction litigation does hold developers, contractors, building material manufacturers, and design professionals accountable for their individual roles in the construction process, particularly if it can be determined that negligence of some kind led to an accident that could have otherwise been prevented.
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According to a joint release on new residential construction in January 2015 from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, privately-owned housing units increased 8.1 percent and new housing starts increased 18.7 percent above the January 2014 estimates. (http://www.census.gov/construction/nrc/pdf/newresconst.pdf) The release of new residential sales of single-family homes indicated an increase of 5.3 percent above the January 2014 estimate.(http://www.census.gov/construction/nrs/pdf/newressales.pdf)
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