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Building Collapse in St. Louis
When a building collapses, either partially or totally, it is usually the result of a catastrophic structural failure, and it can result in a wide range of severe consequences, from significant property damage to injuries and even death.
While rare, building collapses do occur, and they are usually preventable, especially with so many existing building codes issued to help prevent building collapses. Studies have shown that construction and maintenance deficiencies are among the most frequent causes of building collapse. Unfortunately, negligence, error, and greed are often behind those deficiencies.
If you or someone you love was injured in a building collapse in St. Louis, Morgan & Morgan may be able to help.
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Common Causes of Building Collapses
Here is a list of the most common causes of building collapses in St. Louis:
- Structural Failures: This leading cause of building collapses usually results from inadequate construction, insufficient materials, or poor maintenance, causing the building’s load-bearing building blocks (walls, columns, beams) to fail.
- Foundation Issues: A building’s foundation is critical to overall stability. Uneven settling, erosion, or design and construction errors can all cause foundation problems.
- Explosions: Explosions, whether from industrial accidents or gas leaks, can weaken a building’s structural integrity, leading to collapse.
- Fires: Fires are a common cause of building collapses in St. Louis because their heat can also weaken a building’s structural components and cause a collapse.
- Design Issues: Poorly designed buildings often have load distribution issues or use the wrong construction materials, which can lead to a building’s collapse.
- Overloading: Whether from snow accumulation, overcrowding, or improper storage, excessive weight and loading can result in a building’s collapse.
- Deterioration: General wear and tear, poor maintenance, and corrosion can all cause a building to deteriorate with age, weakening its structure and increasing the likelihood of collapse.
- Shoddy Construction: Poor construction, from using subpar materials and insufficient quality control to failing to meet building standards and codes, will compromise a building’s structural integrity.
- Vibration: Vibrations caused by heavy machinery or nearby construction can weaken the structural integrity of a building over time.
- Settlement: The uneven shifting or sinking of a building’s foundation, known as settlement, can result in structural instability.
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For anyone who has suffered property damage, injury, or even the death of a loved one as the result of a building collapse in St. Louis, Morgan & Morgan stands ready to hold responsible parties accountable on your behalf.
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