Condo owners bring personal injury lawsuit after balcony collapse

OHIO – Suit alleges defective construction, negligent management leads to deck collapse

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities

As reported by ABC 6 and documented in a legal complaint filed in July, Hayden Run Condo Association was made aware of a previous deck collapse in the community sometime prior to 2010, but did nothing to prevent a similar disaster for other condos. Injured victims Roger Guess and daughter Arlene Guess are suing both the developer, Lifestyle Communities, and the condo association.

The complaint has been filed by Attorneys Carl A. Aveni II and Matthew S. Brown, both of Carlile, Patchen & Murphy, LLP. It alleges, among other things, defective design and construction, negligence on the part of the condo association with regard to repair and maintenance, and failure to disclose unsafe condition of balconies to consumers.

According to the lawsuit, developer-to-condo-owners transition took place in 2010, and, at that time, the association became aware of nearly $1 million in deferred maintenance defects. The suit alleges that the condo association not only failed to make necessary repairs, but it also failed to inspect balconies for structural integrity.

The Plaintiffs further allege that the community has been inadequately maintained since prior to 2010. For instance, when the association learned that some balconies were not properly fastened to townhouse framing, inadequate repairs were made to a few decks. Most units were not inspected, and there was no attempt made to repair structural defects.

(Source: Case Information Online, Franklin County, OH

I visited Lifestyle Communities’ website, but Hayden Run was no longer among the communities listed with units for sale or rent.

Repairs needed for more than 150 decks after balcony collapse

by Brooks Jarosz

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

ABC6 Columbus

COLUMBUS — More than 150 condominium decks will have to be repaired after they were deemed unsafe, and an engineering firm found concerns over brackets and fastener, corrosion and parts like nails not properly installed or missing.

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Balcony collapse victims sue for negligence, claim another deck failed

by Brooks JaroszMonday, July 31st 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A father and daughter are suing Lifestyle Communities and a condominium association after falling from a collapsed balcony, leaving them barely able to walk.
Roger and Arlene Guess are still recovering from their injuries that occurred in late May, at the Falls at Hayden Run Condominiums in northwest Columbus.
The lawsuit, filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, alleges at least one other balcony had fallen in their community and the defendants neglected to make the necessary repairs and inform those who live there.

Read more: (Video)


1 thought on “Condo owners bring personal injury lawsuit after balcony collapse

  1. How did this building ever pass city codes inspection? Someone had to sign off on the design and the “As Built s”

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