A 3.0 earthquake was reported on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, when it rocked the surrounding areas at about 4:38 p.m. The LA Times reports that the epicenter of the quake was 14 miles from Santa Paula and 23 miles from Ventura. California and the surrounding states are often ricked by earthquakes of low and high magnitude. In the past, the quakes have had the power to uproot trees, crack asphalt, and damage buildings. In some cases, the earthquakes have killed and injured men and women who were not prepared for their occurrence. Because of this, all building in California and other state have to adhere to a certain code.
These safety precautions can help to keep the buildings safe from a catastrophic collapse in the event of a strong quake. However, there are times that public or private buildings may not be up to the earthquake codes, which can cause roofs to cave or walls to fall. While these injuries are drastic, it can also be dangerous to sleep in a hotel that merely hung a picture or decorative accent above your head. In this instance, an improperly fastened picture would fall in a quake and could strike you as you sleep. Regardless of the many possibilities, the fact is that if people don’t plan for earthquakes and practice earthquake safety, then they can be severely damaging.
If you were in a situation where a hotel, school, business, or apartment complex did not prepare adequately for the possibility of an earthquake, and as a result you were injured by the natural disaster, then you may have the right to seek damages. These cases are often a delicate balance because the earthquake was not necessarily foreseeable, so talk to a personal injury attorney before you choose to press charges. You will want legal help on your side if your case does make it into the court room so that you can best present your argument.