A dozen people were injured while vacationing in the Poconos when a deck
collapsed without warning. The resulting
personal injury claim filed for the 12 people named a total of six defendants, including construction
crews and a realty company, making for a highly-complex claim.
Attorney Terry Goldberg and
Attorney Jason Weiss of Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C. were retained
to represent seven of the plaintiffs, and they played an instrumental
role in securing the $2 million settlement offered collectively by the
defendants during mediation.
Details of the Poconos Deck Collapse Case
According to statements from the plaintiffs and witnesses, nine children
and four adults were enjoying their time on the deck of a home in Albrightsville
when it collapsed. All but one of them suffered serious to severe injuries.
As the weight of the group did not exceed what one could reasonably expect
to be the weight limit of a full-sized deck, negligence on behalf of builders,
maintenance crews, and inspectors was immediately suspected.
Through their work, HGSK and the other plaintiff attorneys were able to
track down multiple companies who played a role in the deck’s construction
and maintenance. As it turned out, the home’s construction was completed
in 2004 by defendant Twin Builders, defendant Meckes Builders had been
hired to construct the deck itself, and defendant McArdles Building &
Remodeling was in charge of making the framework for the deck. Other defendants
included a couple who bought the home in 2013 and leased it to some of
the plaintiffs, as well as a realty company that failed to report and
act upon an inspection of the deck that noted structural weaknesses.
Despite the overwhelming evidence that the deck had been constructed, maintained,
and inspected negligently, none of the six total defendants were willing
to accept any liability for the accident. To try to bat away the plaintiffs’
claim, the defendants tried to argue the deck’s original construction
date 12-years prior exceeded statutes of limitations. Through persistence
and legal experience, our attorneys from HGSK and the others who represented
the five remaining plaintiffs were able to cooperatively negotiate a $2
million settlement to end the case in the plaintiffs’ favor.
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Pennsylvania Injury Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights
Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C. is known throughout
Pennsylvania as a team of honest and compassionate legal champions who
stand up for the wrongfully injured. From deck collapse cases to
car accidents to
workers’ compensation claims, we never back down when a client’s wellbeing is on the line. To
find out how we can help you with a personal injury claim of your own,
you can call
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