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Partygoers injured in floor collapse

Georgia residents may have heard about the collapse of an apartment floor in South Carolina that sent about 30 people to the hospital. The accident happened at a private party near Clemson University on Oct. 21. Not long after midnight, ambulances went to the scene in response to a call for help.

The clubhouse had been rented for a private function. According to witnesses and video of the accident posted on social media, people were out on the floor dancing when the floor gave way. One witness described a loud "boom" before people fell to the basement below. Another said that some victims appeared to have broken legs and ankles. Yet another witness said people were trying to climb out and many were bleeding.

Despite the seriousness of the accident, police said there were not any life-threatening injuries nor was anyone trapped in the collapse. The property manager would not say whether or not there was a limit to how many people could be in the building.

When preventable accidents happen, the owner or manager of the property in question might be considered legally negligent. For example, an owner or manager might fail to repair a broken step or clean up a cluttered area. This could lead to a trip-and-fall accident. Compensation can be important for victims who are injured in accidents such as these since medical expenses are often high. If an owner has property insurance, the agency might pay compensation. However, the injured person may want to file a lawsuit if no compensation is offered or if the amount is too low.

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