Case Alert: Surfside Condominium Building Collapse
ASK attorneys are currently investigating the Surfside Condominium Building Collapse in Miami, Florida, and other structural failures of buildings and infrastructure.
What We Know About the Surfside Condo Collapse and Catastrophic Events Involving Fatalities
Catastrophic failures are often preventable tragedies rather than pure, unpreventable acts of God. In the eyes of the law, “negligence” results in liability for those (1) who have a duty to others, (2) who breach such duties, and (3) by such breach has caused others (4) to be injured.
The concept of negligence holds people and organizations accountable for their failures to protect others. Without liability for negligence, a company may have no incentive to fix a broken guardrail, repair a faulty stairway, or restore a cracked condominium foundation.
On June 24, 2021, the 12-story condo building on the beachfront of Surfside, Florida, partially collapsed. The condo, Champlain Towers South, contained 136 condo residences. Early reports listed 11 people dead and 150 missing. Unfortunately, that number continues to rise as rescue efforts continue. It is a heartbreaking tragedy, especially for a condo that most would assume was entirely structurally sound — it had luxury amenities, beachfront access, and was only 40 years old having been built in 1981.
As the investigation continues, evidence emerges that this was no freak accident. The Washington Post re
ported leaks and flooding in the condo parking garage stretching back decades. The waterproofing on the concrete slap may have failed, allowing water to seep through concrete and damage reinforcing steel, which may have rusted out. An engineer inspected the building in October 2018 discovering “major structural damage” to a slab below the pool deck – in the very section of the building that collapsed. Residents reported stairs that were full of rubble and standing water in the garage. The building was under duress for years, yet nobody upheld their duty to remedy the major structural damages and people died. These people should be alive today.
Catastrophic events often lead to highly contested, complex lawsuits. ASK LLP, its attorneys and staff, are highly skilled in complex litigation involving catastrophic events, wrongful death, and structural failures. Our investigations often reveal how terrible “accidents” are often unnecessary tragedies–wholly preventable but for the negligence of those with a duty to protect. In the American civil justice system, our negligence laws allow attorneys like us to seek redress for these preventable disasters. American negligence laws provide compensation for those injured through no fault of their own and help deter failures to act that often place profits over people.
ASK LLP and its catastrophic injury team has represented thousands of individuals harmed in disasters like these where individuals are harmed through no fault of their own. We often hear from a potential new client who was harmed in what they might describe as a freak accident. Sometimes they might not even know what caused their injuries. Upon investigation, we often discover that injury did not arise out of chance and there may be numerous others with similar injuries. As is frequently the case, ASK LLP investigations reveal that the catastrophe was entirely preventable. Someone had a duty to protect others and failed to do so. In America, our courts allow our citizenry the great ability to obtain justice for such wrongs.
Recoverable Compensation in a Building Collapse Lawsuit or Catastrophic Event Case
If you or a loved one have in the Surfside Condo Collapse or a catastrophic failure case, you may be eligible to participate in a lawsuit and seek compensation.
If you hire ASK LLP, we may seek the following damages for you:
- Wrongful death damages
- Past and future loss of earning capacity
- Past and future loss of enjoyment of life
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Property damage/loss
- Punitive damages, if appropriate
CALL TODAY! If you believe you have been harmed or injured by the Surfside condo collapse or any other catastrophic event or structural failure, call ASK LLP at 1-877-746-4275 (1-877 RING ASK) for a free case evaluation. You may be eligible for significant compensation.
Why You Should Choose ASK LLP
When you get hurt or a loved one dies because of a catastrophic event, you may not know what to do. We are here to help. Our highly experienced legal team has a strong track record of fighting—and winning—massive, complex lawsuits. If you hire us, know that we will fight tirelessly to get you the best possible result.