Miami Beach Condo Collapse Lawsuit

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The Miami Beach condo tower collapse is an absolute tragedy. All of us at Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers extend our condolences and sorrow to all the victims and their families.

Call us now at 800-718-4658 for a free consultation if your loved one was injured or killed in the Miami Beach condo tower collapse, as you may be entitled to financial compensation. We will not charge a fee until and unless we obtain a recovery.

Warning Signs

This was clearly an avoidable tragedy where, due to engineering negligence or inadequate building materials, the building collapsed. Our legal teams, which include engineering experts, are prepared to investigate every engineering detail on behalf of the families of the victims of this tragedy.

It is becoming increasingly obvious that there were numerous warning signs leading up to the building collapse. A 2018 report by Morabito Consulting documented “major structural damage” to a concrete slab underneath the building’s pool deck.

“The failed waterproofing is causing major structural damage to the concrete structural slab below these areas. Failure to replace the waterproofing in the near future will cause the extent of the concrete deterioration to expand exponentially,” the report stated.

Water was leaking from the pool area into the parking garage, according to The New York Times. The Morabito report found “abundant cracking and spalling of varying degrees” in the columns, beams and walls of the parking garage.

A Surfside town inspector, according to NPR, met with building residents just one month after the Morabito report was published, assuring residents the building was “in very good shape.”

Six engineering experts that the Miami Herald interviewed said that the building collapse likely started with a column or concrete slab giving way underneath the pool deck, leading to the deck collapsing into the garage, creating a crater underneath the tower, which then collapsed. This theory is bolstered by the story of a resident calling her husband right before the collapse to tell him that a crater had formed in the pool area.

Additional events appear to have served as warning signs, such as:

  • A building resident filed a lawsuit in 2015 claiming poor maintenance led to water entering her unit through cracks in an exterior wall.
  • A man who worked as a maintenance manager at the building from 1995 to 2000 told CBS 4 Miami that saltwater would come through the bottom of the foundation into the garage during high tides, and that it was so much water that pumps couldn’t keep up with it.
  • A 2020 study by Shimon Wdowinski, a professor in Florida International University’s Department of Earth and Environment, found that the building was sinking at around 2 mm per year in the 1990s. Wdowinski told USA Today, about seeing news about the building collapse, “I looked at it this morning and said, ‘Oh my god.’ We did detect that.”

Competently constructed and adequately maintained buildings do not collapse by themselves. The loss of life caused by this tragic collapse was entirely preventable, and those responsible for failing to protect building residents must be held accountable for their actions so something like this never occurs again.

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What Causes Buildings To Collapse?

Buildings should not collapse on their own, as they are required to follow codes and regulations. Buildings also need to be reinspected periodically to make sure they’re still safe and without defects.

Buildings can collapse due to many factors, including:

  • Faulty construction
  • Natural disasters
  • Failure to follow building codes
  • Negligence
  • Foundation problems
  • Faulty construction materials

We and our partners hire top experts in material science, forensic engineering, and construction to get to the bottom of building collapses and their causes. These experts look into and answer many questions, including:

  • Was the design of the building up to code? Was its design faulty?
  • Was the building’s design followed when it was constructed?
  • Was proper building bracing used while the building was being constructed?
  • Were appropriate building and foundation materials used?
  • Was the building maintained well?
  • Was the building engineered for structural stability?
  • Were there any advance signs that a collapse was about to occur?
  • Did the owner know about any possible safety hazards?
  • Did anyone take steps to protect the users of the structure and deal with hazards?

The experts we and our partners hire are uniquely qualified to inspect blueprints, building codes, inspection and engineering reports, communications between defendants, and product designs. With the help of these experts, we work tirelessly to help building collapse victims receive the financial compensation they deserve.

Financial Compensation For Victims And Their Families

The types of damages we can obtain in building collapse lawsuits include:

  • Damages for pain and suffering
  • Damages for disfigurement or disability
  • Damages for the loss of a spouse, which is known as loss of consortium
  • Damages for the loss of a family member such as a son or daughter, which is a loss of a relationship
  • Lost wages
  • Damages for loss of enjoyment of life
  • Any earnings the deceased would have been able to provide to their family had they not died, in the case of a wrongful death lawsuit
  • Medical bills
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment
  • Other expenses, such as burial/funeral costs

Building Collapse Injuries

Numerous injuries can occur in a building collapse, including:

  • Dismemberment
  • Bone fractures
  • Paralysis
  • PTSD
  • Death

Our attorneys may be able to help if you or your loved one was impacted by this tragic event.

Miami Beach Condo Collapse Lawyers

We are anxious to discuss this tragedy with any victims’ families who reside in California. You should have a qualified California law firm who will look out for your best interests. We have offices throughout California and, with our partners, have handled numerous building collapse cases including the Tropicana, New Jersey collapse and the Philadelphia Salvation Army building collapse. Our partners have recovered $227,000,000 in the Philadelphia collapse and $101,000,000 in the New Jersey collapse.

We have teamed up with the best building collapse law firm in the country to handle any injury or death cases.

We know that this is a devastating time but we want to let the public know we can help.

Please call one of our qualified team members for a confidential, no-cost, no pressure, no obligation consultation. Call us today at 800-718-4658, text us at 800-718-4658 or email us at info@personalinjurylawcal.com.