Slip and Fall Cases: What Role Do Building Codes Play?

The Major Modern Codes

In order to have a successful slip and fall case, your Orange Park injury lawyer needs to know the rules and regulations that counties and municipalities set forth regarding the way buildings are made. Together, these rules and regulations are called “building codes.” Although exceptions do exist, the majority of codes come from the models of various agencies. The most well-known and modern codes are the Minimum Property Standards (MPS) from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the International Building Code (IBC), Life Safety Code (LSC), Uniform Building Code (UBC), Standard Building Code (SBC), and the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA),

 Minimum Property Standards

Orange Park Injury Lawyer Discusses the Beginning of Building Codes

Larger cities and counties have only been using building codes since about 1920. More uniform codes were not proposed until roughly 1930. Buildings may fall under later codes if a change in occupancy occurred, or if a great deal of remodeling to the property took place. However, not all landlords and/or property owners maintain safety features. If they do not, then their properties may violate current building codes because of the “Applicability to Existing Buildings” part of the regulations.  

Still Have Questions?

Do you still have questions for our Orange Park injury lawyer? If so, call John Fagan at (904) 215-5555. He will be happy to assist with any concerns that you may have.  

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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