Residents in a southern Mississippi town received the shock of a lifetime when the floor below them collapsed at a youth center this month. People in the church said that while one of their student ministers was preaching his sermon, a low rumbling sound could be heard. Moments later, about 30 to 40 feet of the floor collapsed, sending parishioners about 12 feet to the kitchen area below.
Reports indicate that at least 35 people were injured in the accident, including one 16-year-old girl who suffered a head injury in the fall. Although none of the injuries were considered life-threatening, many of those who were injured did suffer cuts and broken bones that required medical treatment.
As with any accident that happens in our state, it will be important for investigators to determine what caused the floor to collapse in the first place. Was it because of faulty construction? Could the church have failed to properly maintain the property, thus causing the collapse? As readers of our blog know, answers to these questions will help tremendously if the victims of this accident decide to file claims later on.
It’s also important to point out the fact that while none of the injuries were considered life threatening, this does not mean that they couldn’t temporarily disable a person for a time being. Broken appendages and the head injury we spoke about earlier could easily cause a person to miss work and suffer financially from lost wages. Compensation received because of a premises liability claim could be used to help cover this financial loss while also helping someone focus on recovery.
Source: The Houston Chronicle, “ Floor collapse at Miss. church center; 35 hurt,” Jack Elliott Jr., Feb. 20, 2014