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People Injured in Floor Collapse at Party

Some people in Georgia might have heard about an apartment collapse that happened near Clemson University in South Carolina. Police say ambulances were called to the scene after a phone call was made around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 21.

A private party was underway at a clubhouse rented for the purpose. People posted video online that showed attendees who had been dancing fall through the floor to the basement below. Although roughly 30 people were taken to the hospital, police said no one suffered a life-threatening injury or was trapped. The property manager declined to state whether there was a limit on the number of people who could use the clubhouse.

One witness said some people appeared to have broken legs and ankles. Another described blood on her shoe and people trying to climb out while a third said there was a loud "boom" when the floor collapsed.

Property owners and managers have an obligation to keep visitors to that property safe, and if they do not, they could be held legally and financially liable if people are injured on the property. If an accident such as this floor collapse happens because of poor construction standards, the construction company could be held responsible. People who are injured because of a property owner or manager's negligence or in some other type of accident on the property might want to contact an attorney about the situation. The accident could be from tripping on an obstruction or slipping and falling on a wet floor in a shop, from faulty equipment at an amusement park or some other type of accident. Compensation can help pay for the injured person's medical expenses.

Source: Time, "Dozens Hurt in South Carolina as Floor Collapses at an Apartment Party", Oct. 21, 2018

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