Some Colorado residents might have heard about the collapse of an apartment floor in South Carolina that resulted in dozens of injuries. The accident happened just after midnight on October 21.
A clubhouse at an apartment complex near Clemson University had been rented for a private function. According to witnesses, people were dancing to a popular song when the floor gave way, and many of them fell into the basement below. Some people used their cell phones to capture video of the action and post it on social media. One witness said there was a loud “boom!” as the floor collapsed while another said people were trying to climb back out and that she had blood on her shoe. A witness who attempted to help some of the injured people said he thought some people had broken their legs or ankles. Police said that although 30 people were taken to the hospitals, no one seemed to have suffered a life-threatening injury.
The property manager said the apartments were built in 2004 and 2005. He would not comment on whether there was a limit to the capacity in the clubhouse.
Premises liability laws are designed to protect people from harm on property belonging to other parties. Owners and managers of property are obligated to keep the property safe. This ranges from making sure structures are safe to making sure walkways are cleared of debris or other obstacles to ensuring that wet floors will not cause a slip and fall accident. If a person is injured because a property owner or manager has been negligent, that person might be able to file a lawsuit against the owner or manager. Compensation from a successful lawsuit can help the person cover medical expenses and other costs, such as lost wages, incurred as a result of the accident.