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The North American Deck and Railing Association compiles statistics on balcony collapses and deck failure injuries. The association says rates of injury due to deck failure, faulty railings and balcony collapses have been increasing in the last 10 years.

Between 2000 and 2008, there were at least 30 deaths resulting from balcony failure, defective railings and deck collapses. Reports note that more the majority of people on collapsed balconies and failing decks are injured and sometimes killed.

Of the millions of balconies and decks in the United States, many are decades old, and in bad disrepair. Homeowners and landlords have a responsibility to protect residents and guests, and if a known dangerous balcony collapses or deck fails, victims may be able to file premises liability claims and deck failure lawsuits against those accountable.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated premises liability attorney and product liability lawyer reviewing defective railings, deck failure lawsuits and balcony collapse accidents for plaintiffs nationwide.

Deck Failure Lawsuits & Building Product Defects

Landlords and homeowners can be held liable for injuries sustained in balcony collapses and failed deck accidents, as can construction firms and materials manufacturers. When a deck fails, railings fail or a balcony collapses, the material or the handiwork may be defective.

Hire an experienced premises liability attorney to investigate the root cause of an accident and to narrow down who may be at fault. The Lyon Firm works with building engineers and accident experts to identify defects or negligence in any given situation.

Homeowners and landlords, however, cannot look past their own responsibility to inspect their own balconies, railings or decks. Because of their hazardous nature, balconies and decks need to be maintained and inspected on a regular basis, particularly after winter or a heavy snow load. Building materials can weaken and wood can rot, compromising the entire structure and safety of the deck.

All railings should be constructed to prevent small children from falling through racks or openings. Stair configuration and step dimensions must also follow building code requirements. Handrails must be accessible.

Overloading Decks & Balcony Collapse

Many balcony collapse accident occur during parties when dozens of people are standing on a defective or overloaded structure. Recent deck and balcony accidents in Chicago and Berkeley show how serious the issue can be, and how overlooked the hazards can be.

Incorrectly installed railings are another common source of accidents, which have been known to give way when a person leans on them or applies pressure. If the height of the railing is below a person’s center of gravity, they risk a fall over the railing.

Many building codes require guards against open sided elevation drops, though many building codes are ignored. If a homeowner or landlord neglects to follow codes, they may be named a defendant in balcony collapse or Ohio deck failure lawsuits.

Landlords, deck builders and construction materials outfits should construct balconies and decks to building codes with proper materials, and deck owners must inspect and perform preventative maintenance and repairs to prevent injury.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


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Questions about Personal Injury Cases
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Any kind of negligence by an individual or company that causes injury or harm can lead to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The amount a plaintiff is entitled to depends on several factors, particularly how egregious the act and how serious the injury.

Personal injury attorneys generally only will take cases on a confidential and contingency fee basis, which means your lawyer will only get paid if he or she is able to reach a settlement or positive verdict. The Lyon Firm will review your case for free and assess what compensation any plaintiff can expect through litigation.

Personal Injury cases can range from minor auto accidents to complex lawsuits filed against large corporations. The Lyon Firm has handled both with equal care. Severe injury requires legal action on occasion, no matter if the injury is the result of a vehicle accident, a dog bite, a boating accident, workplace injury, defective consumer products, medical malpractice, or toxic exposure.

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Are there any limits to what I can recover?

Each state will vary. Under Ohio law, an injured party may recover damages related to medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of enjoyment of life, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and punitive damages. The numerical limits are as such:

  1. Non-Catastrophic Injury:   The non-economic award is limited to $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the economic loss, up to $350,000 per plaintiff. A maximum of $500,000 for each “occurrence.”
  2. Catastrophic Injury: No limits.

The Lyon Firm may be able to file injury claims and recover rightful compensation for clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and long-term disability.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters.   Personal Injury lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 



(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.



(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.