After the collapse of a beachfront condominium, a lawsuit, which is said to be the first, was filed Thursday evening.
A class action lawsuit on behalf of Manuel Drezner, a neighboring landowner, and other victims was filed at 11:29 p.m. against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association Inc., Local 10 first reported.
“This action aims to compensate the victims of this unfathomable loss,” said the lawsuit filed by law firm Brad Sohn.
Court record alleges condominium in Surfside, Florida failed to provide adequate protection to residents and visitors to the building, failed to repair structural issues and failed to prevent ‘catastrophic collapse ” of the building.
The lawsuit claims more than $ 5 million in damages.
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“According to public statements made by counsel for the defendant Ken Direktor, ‘remedial needs had been identified’ with respect to certain structural issues but had not been implemented; one of the most mind-boggling tragedies in South Florida history followed, ”the lawsuit said.
At 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a wing of the 12-story building collapsed, killing at least one and nearly 100 people missing on Friday morning.
The collapse was filmed and drone footage showed the aftermath of the destruction.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said authorities were able to count 102 people and fire and rescue teams worked Thursday night to search for the 99 people still missing. .
The Miami-Herald reported that the building, built in 1981, undergoes a required Florida inspection every 40 years to be recertified.
Shimon Wdowinski, a professor in the Department of Earth and Environment, found that the skyscraper had been sinking at an alarming rate since the 1990s in a study conducted in 2020.
“I looked at it this morning and I said, ‘Oh my god.’ We detected this, ”he said.
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