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UPDATE: Kaleigh Gilchrist Injured In Gwangju Balcony Collapse Accident In South Korean Nightclub Coyote Ugly


Jul 28, 2019

Kaleigh Gilchrist Balcony Collapse: USA Water Polo Player Kaleigh Gilchrist Injured In Gwangju Balcony Collapse Accident In South Korean Nightclub Coyote Ugly in Gwangju 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (July 28, 2019) – Several members of the USA Water Polo Team were injured in a balcony collapse accident at a South Korean nightclub including Kaleigh Gilchrist, Paige Hauschild, Ben Hallock and Johnny Hooper. 

The balcony collapse accident left two people dead and many others with serious injuries. Authorities are saying that USC alum Kaleigh Gilchrist from Newport Beach suffered a deep leg laceration and had to undergo surgery. 

Paige Hauschild, Ben Hallock and Johnny Hooper all sustained lacerations as well. USA Water Polo was celebrating the women’s team’s victory.

An investigation into the cause of the Coyote Ugly balcony collapse accident that injured Kaleigh Gilchrist, Paige Hauschild, Ben Hallock and Johnny Hooper remains ongoing. 

Why Balconies Collapse 

Balcony collapses are often fatal or leave victims with catastrophic injuries. But far from being just accidents, collapses are typically the result of negligence of some sort. Here are just a few of the main reasons for a balcony collapse:

  • All balconies are susceptible to the influence of time and weather. Water, dust and heat eventually wear down the structural integrity of balconies over time. 
  • Balconies are not always up to code. Engineers should inspect balconies every now and against to make sure that they are up to code and properly maintained. 
  • Too much weight can also lead to a collapse. Poorly maintained balconies typically don’t simply collapse by themselves. They tend to collapse due to a combination of weight and wear over time. 

It’s important that victims of a balcony collapse seek medical treatment as quickly as possible. Police should also be doing everything in their power to preserve evidence after a collapse. Depending on a variety of factors there may be multiple sources of negligence for a collapse.

Liability In Balcony Collapse Accidents 

Nightclubs have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe manner. If a nightclub owner fails to keep their premises in a safe condition and this leads to a collapse they may face civil liability. But a nightclub owner may not be the only party at fault for a balcony collapse. A contractor that built the balcony may also face civil liability if it was not up to code. 

Any person that was injured in a balcony collapse accident may be able to recover damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Many victims may not even realize the full extent of their injuries until many months later. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your options are.

Getting Help After A Balcony Collapse

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Kaleigh Gilchrist, Paige Hauschild, Ben Hallock, Johnny Hooper and all of the victim’s of this horrific accident. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those that have been involved. Any person that may have useful information should come forward and speak with the police. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a balcony collapse. There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You are welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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