According to 13 News, nine people were injured when the press box floor at a softball field collapsed during a Wayne Middle School softball game on Saturday April 29, 2023, at the at Wayne High School located at 100 Pioneer Rd, Wayne, WV 25570.
Wayne County Superintendent Todd Alexander confirmed that a building inspector determined the collapse was due to a failure of the support system. The five spectators and four softball players who were injured were all released from the hospital. Alexander was relieved to report that none of the injuries were severe. One of the students was flown to the hospital with a concussion but was able to return home the same day.
Addison said she was in the press box at the time, and that she was able to crawl out once the floor collapsed. Her father said he was grateful that everyone was okay and that the incident didn't result in any serious injuries.
Alexander said the field has been closed until further notice and that Wayne County Schools will be providing counseling services for any students affected by the incident. He noted that the collapse happened five minutes before the final game of the county championships.
Attorney commentator Paul Bucci represents injured victims in the state of West Virginia. Paul often helps victims, and their families recover compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of others. During a recent interview, he discussed the legal options available for victims injured when a building or floor collapses at a school.
Schools have a legal duty of care to ensure their property is safe from dangerous conditions that could cause injury to students and visitors. This includes taking reasonable steps to prevent floor collapses. If a floor collapse does occur and a student or visitor is injured, the injured victim has the legal right to pursue a claim against the school for negligence.
In general, schools have a duty to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. This means that schools must take reasonable steps to identify and address potential hazards, inspect their premises on a regular basis, and take appropriate steps to repair any known defects. When a school fails to take reasonable steps to maintain its property in a safe condition, it may be held liable for any injuries sustained as a result.
If a student or staff member is injured due to a floor collapse at a high school, they may have a legal right to seek compensation for their injuries. In this case, the injured party may be able to bring a claim against the school for negligence, which is the failure to act with reasonable care in order to prevent foreseeable harm. To prevail on such a claim, the injured party must prove that the school had a duty to maintain its property in a reasonably safe condition, that the school failed to do so, and that the failure was the cause of the injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a floor collapse at a high school, please do not hesitate to contact an injury attorney for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights.