There is Falling Plaster in Union Station

By Peter DePaolis

Commuters at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station might have thought the sky was falling last month, but it was only plaster from the ceiling. It turns out the August 23 earthquake dislodged some of the plaster, which eventually fell to the ground. A piece of the plaster injured a restaurant worker late last month. As a result, authorities closed Union Station’s Main Hall.

As reported at, Union Station’s general manager commented that they decided to close the Main Hall as a precautionary measure to protect visitors and workers. Workers hung netting to prevent any more falling plaster from reaching the ground.

The August 23 east coast earthquake measured 5.8 on the Richter scale. Officials re-opened the Main Hall two days later on Sunday afternoon. According to a Union Station spokesperson, workers will begin more repairs in the Main Hall.

Fortunately, the falling plaster did not seriously injure the restaurant worker at Union Station. When invitees suffer injuries on another person’s property, there are premises liability laws to hold property owners responsible. Were you at Union Station during the earthquake or when the plaster fell from the ceiling last month? Contact us today for a free consultation.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Approved by attorney Roger Johnson

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.