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Berkeley Balcony Collapse Kills 6 & Leaves 7 Others in Critical Condition

A 21st birthday party turned tragic when a deadly 4th story balcony collapsed in Berkeley, sending 13 people to the ground. 4 people were pronounced dead at the scene, and 2 more were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Several more victims, both male and female, were sent to the hospital in critical condition.The collapse happened around 12:30 a.m., at the relatively new, 177-unit Library Gardens apartment complex, in Berkeley, California.

NBC and KRON4 both report that the six people pronounced dead were Irish Citizens, likely here on student-exchange visas, or work visas. Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan made the following statement, sending out his condolences to the victims’ families:

“A number of young Irish Citizens have lost their lives… My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the deceased and those who have been injured in this appalling accident.”

Here at the Cartwright Law Firm, our hearts also go out to the injured, deceased, and to the families of the deceased. This tragic event appears to have been caused by shoddy building construction or maintenance. We want to send out awareness that this type of accident should not happen, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a similar incident, then you have rights as a victim of possible negligence or unsafe building conditions.

Here at the Cartwright Law Firm, we hold those responsible for such negligent construction or maintenance liable for the consequences of their careless actions. We have had several similar cases in the past. In one case, our client fractured her femur when she fell from a deck upon which she was standing, collapsed, killing one person, and severely injuring our client and several other people. Our client sued the landlord, claiming negligent maintenance and construction of the deck, and we helped broker a $12 million settlement for all parties involved.

With over 60 years of experience advocating for victims of negligent conduct, nationally renowned lawyer Robert E. Cartwright, and his trial team of wrongful death and personal injury attorneys have the expertise and determination to get victims the proper compensation they deserve! If you have been harmed in a similar type of incident, or have legal questions about any type of personal injury, contact our San Francisco Law Firm’s Office TODAY !


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