Four classrooms in a local Hartford school have been closed for the rest of the school year after a ceiling collapsed and injured two people. Fortunately, the victims of the collapse, a 13-year-old student and a teaching intern, were not seriously injured. The 13-year-old was transported to Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the 26-year-old intern to Hartford Hospital, both with minor bruising.
Fire department officials reported that a six foot by twelve foot piece of wall board gave way along with the five foot lighting fixture attached to it. A structural engineer investigating the school after the collapse determined other parts of the school to be dangerous property as well. Certain areas of the school are in need of repair. Efforts to make the school safe again will commence immediately after the last day of school.
Given the sheer weight of old building materials and the number of kids that can fill a classroom, it is lucky that more damage was not done. Buildings in lack of repair cause serious injuries in the Hartford area every year. From old buildings wearing down to new buildings not up to code, there are an infinite number of ways for a person to get injured on another person's property.
Local Hartford attorneys specialize in representing victims injured by a dangerous property condition. While school injuries are rare, there are plenty of other instances where individuals are injured on government properties as well as private shopping centers. Victims injured in such a way have the right to recoup medical expenses, lost wages and other consequential damages that result from their injuries.
Local attorneys advocate for these victims and help them navigate the legal process. They can determine whether the property owner and/or tenant is responsible for any injuries or damages and negotiate for an award that fully compensates the victim for all that was lost. Victims that fail to acquire the appropriate representation may forfeit rights and compensation that is legally theirs.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Four Classrooms Closed in Hartford School After Ceiling Collapse Injures Two," Vanessa De La Torre, June 7, 2013