Southern California’s rich history is reflected in its architecture. Some of the most sought-after properties in the region are stately older homes and mid-century modern residences. However, older homes and buildings can contain hazardous conditions that are absent in newer homes because the safety features in building codes have evolved over time. For example, older properties may not have safety glass installed in locations where new homes are required to use safety glass.
Broken Glass Injuries
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, lacerations such as cuts caused by broken glass shards are one of the most common reasons people visit emergency rooms. Many cuts can be treated, but a severe laceration can result in serious blood loss or even death. Treatment for these lacerations includes cleaning and suturing the wound. Patients have an increased risk of infection until the wound is completely healed.
Virtually every laceration caused by a broken window, glass door or glass shower door could have been prevented by the use of safety glass. Safety glass, also called tempered glass, resists breakage. If tempered glass breaks, it crumbles into many tiny pieces instead of breaking into the sharp shards that can pierce skin, veins and arteries.
Safety glass requirements may not extend to older structures that were built before tempered glass requirements were enacted. Even so, owners of these older buildings can be held liable for injuries that could have been prevented if the owner had upgraded to safety glass.
An experienced personal injury lawyer, such as the attorneys at Torklaw, can assess whether a property owner is liable for an injury you suffered because of broken glass.