Miami Condo Collapse Lawsuit and Legal Options
Condominiums, like any other residential building, should be safe spaces. Building collapses like the one that happened on June 24, 2021, in Surfside, Florida, should never occur.
Breaking News: Condo Collapses in Surfside, Florida
On June 24, 2021, a 12-story condo building just north of Miami partially collapsed, causing death and catastrophic injury and trauma, the impacts of which are not yet fully known. According to the New York Times, the building was set to undergo extensive repairs for corrosion, including rusted steel and damaged concrete.
Sokolove Law is closely monitoring the situation and is here for you. You have rights and could be entitled to compensation that may help ease the financial burden brought on by this tragic event.
Catastrophic Surfside Condo Collapse Causes Death, Injury
According to Miami-Dade County Fire during a press conference, 55 units in the Northeast corridor of the Champlain Towers South Condo at 8777 Collins Ave. collapsed a little after 1:30 a.m., when most residents were asleep or in bed.
Immediately following the collapse, 35 survivors were pulled out of the rubble, 10 were treated at the scene, and at least two were transported to the hospital. As of July 26, the final number of people who have been confirmed dead was 98, according to Miami-Dade officials.
The long-term effects of this event remain to be seen. Some of the potential harm from the collapse may include:
- Broken bones
- Physical injury
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Property damage
If you or your loved one were impacted by this horrific tragedy, the attorneys working with Sokolove Law may be able to help.
Building Collapse Lawsuit Compensation
Events like the Surfside condo collapse should never happen. But if they do, as on June 24, residents and family members of those who are killed or injured need to take appropriate steps to protect their rights and to hold the responsible parties accountable.
If you were injured in a building collapse, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Disability or disfigurement
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (i.e., loss of companionship, emotional support, and care, etc.)
- Lost wages and other economic loss
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Treatment for PTSD
Some people are not comfortable with the idea of contacting a lawyer after a catastrophe. However, it's not about suing a person or company for everything they have – it’s about making sure you are not financially ruined by the potentially extreme costs associated with this type of tragedy.
Cause of the Miami Condo Collapse
The cause of the tragic Surfside condo collapse is not yet fully known, but investigators and journalists, along with the team at Sokolove Law, are closely monitoring the situation. While a clear cause has not been determined, we do know:
- The 40-year-old building was set to undergo extensive corrosion repairs, according to the New York Times
- A study released in 2020 showed the building was sinking at a rate of about 2 millimeters a year in the 1990s, according to USA Today
- There is never an acceptable reason for a building to collapse, killing and injuring residents
In an in-depth report published on Sep. 1, The New York Times shared a 3-D model based on the original design drawings. That, along with document reviews and interviews with structural experts, highlighted the preventable factors that could have contributed to this catastrophe.
Design errors, last-minute changes, dubious construction practices and years of worsening deterioration could have all contributed to the collapse. — The New York Times
As more information comes to light, the attorneys working with Sokolove Law are here to help.
Florida and Miami-Dade County Emergency Declaration Approved
President Joe Biden has spoken with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and on June 25, 2021, the President approved the Governor's request for an emergency declaration for Florida. This declaration will be essential in getting federal support in the massive undertaking to locate the victims still trapped in the rubble.
"We really appreciate the support of the President." -Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Filing a Surfside Building Collapse Lawsuit
Sokolove Law has over 40 years of experience in helping people file personal injury lawsuits. Our law firm is committed to helping those harmed by greed, misconduct, and negligence get the help they deserve.
As more is known about this tragic event, Sokolove Law will continue to provide updates. We’re here to listen to your story and help you navigate the legal process during this difficult time.
Miami Condo Collapse Lawsuit FAQs
Why did the Surfside condo collapse?
The exact cause of the Champlain Towers South Condo collapse is not yet fully known. However, the 40-year-old building was set to undergo extensive repairs for corrosion, according to the New York Times. Ultimately, there’s no acceptable reason why a professionally built and maintained building should kill and injure residents.
What can a lawsuit help me pay for?
Compensation from a lawsuit for a structural collapse like the Surfside condo tragedy can help pay for medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and other costs.