Packed Beachfront Balcony Collapses in Malibu

Security video captured the moment a crowded Malibu beachfront balcony collapsed over the weekend. According to fire department officials, there were more than 15 people on the deck when it collapsed.

“We heard a crack, and I literally saw all my best friends and my girlfriend fall 15-feet to the rocks. The deck just literally gave out. It could’ve been a lot worse, but it’s pretty awful,” a witness told CBSLA.

Officials say at least nine people were evaluated for injuries, including four who were taken to Southern California hospitals for further evaluation and treatment. First responders said at least two of the people injured suffered critical injuries.

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Owner Was Renting House For The Weekend

The owner of the Malibu home told reporters they were renting out the home for the weekend, and the party was supposed to be limited to six people in the home. The owner said that neighbors alerted her that there were about 30 people at the home hours before the balcony collapsed.

The owner also claimed that in addition to the deck collapse, her house had been vandalized.

The fire department has declared the beachfront home uninhabitable.

What To Know About Balcony Collapses in California

Balcony collapses happen when an elevated deck cannot support itself or the weight placed upon it. That’s why it’s critical to have these features regularly inspected, and any potential issues with them addressed immediately. Some of the things a legal investigation may be able to reveal include:

  • What Caused The Collapse?
  • Was There Signage Restricting Weight/Occupancy?
  • Maintenance Records
  • Overall Safety/Usage of the Balcony
  • And more…

When people have been critically hurt in a balcony collapse, it’s crucial to get answers to these questions and more.

What Needs To Be Investigated?

When people have been injured, it’s important to collect all of the evidence available to help determine what compensation, if any, they may be entitled to after an accident. Some of this information includes:

  • Code Compliance
  • Expert evaluation of property
  • Expert evaluation of injuries
  • Property maintenance records
  • Video evidence
  • And more…

Equipped with this evidence, a team of experienced balcony collapse lawyers can help determine your best legal options after such a devastating accident.

justice scales in a courtroom
justice scales in a courtroom

What Needs To Be Investigated?

When people have been injured, it’s important to collect all of the evidence available to help determine what compensation, if any, they may be entitled to after an accident. Some of this information includes:

  • Code Compliance
  • Expert evaluation of property
  • Expert evaluation of injuries
  • Property maintenance records
  • And more…

Equipped with this evidence, a team of experienced balcony collapse lawyers can help determine your best legal options after such a devastating accident.

Choosing The Right Law Firm

Deck and balcony collapses can be devastating, leaving many people with lasting injuries that could require years of expensive medical treatments and therapies to recover. When an accident like this impacts your life, it’s critical to act fast and get the right legal team on your side.

If you choose The Barnes Firm, our top personal injury lawyers in Southern California will collect every piece of evidence that can help maximize the value of your case.

Our Southern California injury lawyers are here to help 24/7. Call us now for a FREE case evaluation at (800) 800-0000