Are We Safe? New Report on State Building Safety Inspections and Codes

Residential building codes ensure that development companies, builders, contractors, landlords, and homeowners meet safety standards. Commercial and residential building codes are necessary to maintain safe premises and to prevent serious injury to owners, tenants or visitors. According to a recent report in Newsday, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has released an update to a state report which reviews progress of 18 states in the Atlantic Coast region, including North and South Carolina.

Having a clear understanding of your rights, obligations and responsibilities is critical to ensuring safe premises. Our Asheville premises liability attorneys are committed to preventing serious injury and accidents involving failed maintenance. Slip and fall injuries, catastrophic back and head injuries, paralysis, even wrongful death can be attributed to dangerous properties. Whether you are a homeowner, landlord, developer, or business owner, it is important to know how safety standards can impact your rights and liability.


According to the report, which focuses on 18 states, some states have made progress, while other states have failed to create better residential building codes. Uniform state building codes are important because they are the standards to which builders and property owners are held. The current IBHS report is intended to raise awareness surrounding building codes and keep citizens aware of building code activity. Citizens in each state can check building code standards to ensure that they are meeting obligations to the community.

The report has indicated which states have taken positive action, which states have taken negative action and which states have taken no action in improving their building codes. The report does not provide a score (which was available in a 2012 report) but does discuss additional actions that could be taken to improve building code inspections.

A building code inspection will look at structure, electrical systems, ability to withstand a hurricane, as well as other features and building attributes. Under personal injury liability law, any individual who suffers an injury because of failed maintenance is entitled to compensation. In the event of accidental death caused by failed security, failed maintenance, slip and fall or other property related fatality, the family of the victim may be entitled to significant compensation for their personal and financial losses.

The current report found that most states with strong systems in place in 2012 remained committed to those standards. State dedication to building safety means updating building codes or passing legislation to strengthen protections. Many states with original low scores have fallen behind best practice standards. According to the report, South Carolina has made positive steps to improving building code standards while North Carolina has taken negative action and may fall behind national safety best practices. IBHS intends to review the states in a 2015 report to update citizens and communities on whether their state has made any improvement in building inspections.

It is up to builders, property owners, and inspectors to keep citizens safe. If you were injured because of failed maintenance or a property defect, it is important to have your case reviewed by an experienced advocate. You may be entitled to compensation for any pain and suffering, medical expenses or other losses.

If you or a loved one has suffered a slip and fall or other accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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