Eight Injured in Partial Ceiling Collapse at Government Sponsored Event

By Peter DePaolis

Eight people suffered injuries when a ceiling partially collapsed at an event on I Street SE in Washington, D.C. on the night of August 16. The collapse occurred during a go-go music exhibition organized by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

According to fire officials, construction and the vibrations coming from the music event may have dislodged dust, debris and ceiling foam insulation, causing these materials to fall onto the audience.

Victims suffered what appeared to be minor injuries and were expected to be released that night.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.