Five years and a number of personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death lawsuits have passed since an apartment porch collapse accident killed 13 people on the city’s north side. Porches are very popular in Chicago, often the focal point of a weekend gathering. Residents should know that there are now only three ways that porches get inspected: by calling 311, during an annual building inspection, and when the porch is constructed. Notably, the porch collapse accident that killed 13 on the city’s north side in 2003 was not detected in five years of annual inspections. Apartment residents who worry that their porch is unsafe and could result in a porch collapse accident should contact the City of Chicago.
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