Ensuring Safety: Exploring Structural Support Failures and Legal Remedies

Safety is paramount when it comes to the places we live and frequent daily. Unfortunately, structural support failures can lead to catastrophic accidents that disrupt lives and cause immense harm.

A recent incident in Augusta serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers posed by structural support failures. According to a report by the Portland Press Herald, a porch on Washington Street collapsed, leading to the displacement of ten individuals. The incident emphasizes the critical need to ensure the stability and safety of structures to prevent such accidents from occurring.

Common Causes of Structural Support Failures

Structural support failures can occur due to a variety of reasons. Some of the common causes include:

  • Poor Design: Inadequate initial design or improper architectural planning can lead to weak structural support systems, making the building susceptible to collapses or failures.
  • Construction Defects: Errors during construction, such as the use of substandard materials, improper installation, or inadequate supervision, can compromise the structural stability of a building.
  • Age and Wear: Over time, structures naturally deteriorate due to factors like weather, corrosion, and general wear and tear. Failure to conduct proper maintenance can result in the weakening of support systems.
  • Natural Disasters: Extreme weather events such as earthquakes, hurricanes, or heavy snowfall can exert excessive force on structures, causing support failures.
  • Foundation Issues: Problems with the foundation, such as settling, shifting, or sinking, can weaken the entire structure and lead to support failures.

Legal Recourse for Victims

Individuals and families affected by structural support failures have legal options to pursue compensation for their losses. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we specialize in helping victims navigate the legal complexities surrounding personal injury cases related to structural failures. Our experienced team of attorneys is committed to investigating the circumstances of the incident, gathering evidence, and building a robust case to hold negligent parties accountable.


If you or a loved one has been affected by a structural support failure incident, it is crucial to seek legal advice promptly. At Peter Thompson & Associates, we offer a complimentary initial consultation to discuss your situation and assess the viability of your case. Our compassionate team is here to offer support, answer your questions, and guide you through the legal process with empathy and expertise. You can reach out to us for a free consultation at 207-874-0909 or visit our website to learn more.

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