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Champlain Towers South sits beachside in Miami, Florida, and was built in 1981. The building was thirteen stories tall and contained approximately 135 residential units. However, at least half of the units collapsed on June 24 and caused an immense amount of damage. The collapsed side of the building is unrecognizable with balconies split in half, interior furniture crushed and appliances destroyed to the point of no return.

The death toll currently stands at four, while 159 people remain unaccounted for.  So far, 120 residents have been accounted for. Approximately 35 people have been rescued from the side of the building that remained intact and two have been pulled from the rubble, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue assistant fire chief Ray Jadallah.

If you or a loved one were a resident of the condo and suffered any property damage or personal injury, reach out to an expert Miami condo collapse lawyer at TorHoerman Law today!

 

What caused the Surfside building to collapse?

Authorities have not given a specific reason for the building’s collapse. The building was scheduled to undergo extensive repairs for rusted steel and damaged concrete in the near future. The maintenance was scheduled as part of a review and recertification process for 40-year-old buildings.

 

Environmental Factors

One problem that the Surfside community has had to deal with is one that is shared with all of Miami Beach: the towns are built on a barrier island. Climate scientists and geologists have issued warnings regarding the sustainability of these islands. They are made up of a loose combination of sand and mud and provide natural protection for the shoreline. A study published in the Ocean & Coastal Management journal noted that this issue can lead to greater flooding and hazards for local communities.

According to research from Florida International University, the Champlain Towers condo building had been sinking at a steady rate for years. FIU professor Shimon Wdowinski said his team noticed an unusual pocket of movement underneath the building, which is on the eastern side along the oceanfront. Furthermore, Wdowinski’s data showed that the condo was sinking at a rate of about 2 millimeters per year from 1993 to 1999. A separate study conducted by Wdowinski found structural damage at several other sinking areas in Miami. His research concluded that the combination of sea-level rise and land subsidence could lead to even more property damage and flood risk in South Florida.

 

 

Who is liable for the building collapse?

In a press conference, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said it was a “structural engineering question.” Public records did not show many issues regarding the building beyond two lawsuits over cracks in a unit’s exterior wall. Officials have stated that it will likely take months before the actual cause of the collapse is determined.

Due to the mysterious nature of the building’s collapse, liability has yet to be pinned on a single person or organization. However, as the investigation unfolds, a number of potential defendants will be faced with questions regarding their involvement. For instance, it’s possible the building owner or condo association failed to properly maintain the structure.

 

The building was put up by Nattel Construction, which was led by the now-deceased developer Nate Reiber. However, Bruce Masia, southeast regional vice president, and partner at KW Property Management said the developer would not be responsible, as the statute of limitations has run out.

Additionally, Masia stated that the engineer handling the building’s recertification process has “a lot of skin in the game.” The town of Surfside did not immediately respond to a public records request for information regarding the recertification and the engineer involved.

How to File a Miami Condo Collapse Lawsuit

Filing a Miami condo collapse lawsuit is a detail-oriented procedure that can be made easier with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney by your side. The civil lawsuit process is tricky and can be overwhelming to those who are attempting to deal with coping with the repercussions of a traumatic experience.

The first thing you will need to do is prove the liability of the party who is responsible for your injury. Next, you will want to calculate any damages that you incurred as a result of the incident. Common damages include property damage, medical bills, the cost of physical and emotional suffering, etc. Florida’s statute of limitations varies depending on certain cases. Therefore it is best to reach out to an experienced Miami condo collapse lawyer as soon as possible to make sure that your claim is still viable.

 

Miami Condo Collapse Class Action Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit has been filed in the 11th circuit court against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association. The lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages “due to Defendant’s acts and omissions and their failure to properly protect the lives and property of Plaintiff and Class members.”

The claim goes on to allege that the condo association “disregarded the rights of Plaintiff and Class members by intentionally, willfully, recklessly, or negligently doing the following: failing to take adequate and reasonable measures to ensure the safety and protection of its residents and their property, failing to disclose to its residents and visitors that it did not have adequate safety measures in place to safeguard occupants of Champlain Towers South, failing to take available steps to prevent the catastrophic collapse of the building, and failing to monitor the building and activities that led to the collapse of the building, among other things.”

 

Hiring a Miami Condo Collapse Lawyer

The decision to hire a legal representative is extremely important and should not be taken lightly. You should find a Miami condo collapse lawyer with a decorated history of success in personal injury lawsuits. With an experienced Miami condo collapse lawyer at your side, navigation through the complicated legal system becomes much more manageable.

Your attorney will help determine your lawsuit viability and assess the damages that you have suffered. In addition, you should work with your Miami condo collapse lawyer so that you can gather evidence that will support your claim and prove that you made a concerted effort to mitigate your injuries. Hiring a personal injury attorney will give you the best chance of winning the maximum amount of compensation in your Miami condo collapse lawsuit.

 

TorHoerman Law – Your Miami Condo Collapse Law Firm

Our team of legal experts provides answers and compensation for those who have been injured or suffered damages through no fault of their own. TorHoerman Law has had a long-lasting track record of success, which can be proved by the $4 billion we have won for our clients through verdicts and negotiated settlements. TorHoerman Law operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients do not owe any form of payment or legal fees until they have been appropriately compensated for the damages they have suffered due to another party’s negligence.

If you or a loved one were a resident at the Champlain Towers South Condominium and suffered any injury or property damage, you may be eligible for a Miami condo collapse lawsuit. Contact us immediately to discuss your legal options. You may use the chatbot below for an instant, online case consultation that is free of charge.

 

 

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