Family suing over southern Indiana deck collapse

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — Many of the 24 family members who fell about 15 feet when a wooden deck collapsed have filed a lawsuit over the incident.

However, the company that built the deck says it is shielded from liability because the deck was more than 10 years old.

Authorities said seven people were taken to hospitals after the Dec. 22 collapse at a neighborhood clubhouse near New Albany. The family told WAVE-TV that three of those injured still aren't walking as they recover.

Security camera video provided by the family shows the relatives gathering for a group photo when the deck's supports give way, spilling them to the concrete below.

Jeremy Wilt's wife and daughter were on the deck when it collapsed. He says the deck was bound to fall one day.

Filing a suit if a similar incident happened in Ohio could also be problematic.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office said that such a suit could be possibly covered under the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act; but it would depend on a lot of factors. Officials said that if someone needed to file a complaint in Ohio, they would have two years from the time the violation occurred.

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