Surfside gebou ineenstorting: Multiple lawsuits seek to get answers, assign blame

Authorities have opened misdadiger and civil investigations into the collapse of the oceanfront condominium building, wat darem vertrek het 28 confirmed dead and more than 117 unaccounted for. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle pledged to bring the matter soon before grand jurors, who could recommend criminal charges or simply investigate the cause to suggest reforms.

And at least five lawsuits have been filed on behalf of residents who survived or are feared dead. One lawyer involved in the litigation said the collapse raises widespread concerns about infrastructure issues and the trust we put in those responsible for them.

The rest of the Champlain South tower is seen being demolished in Surfside, Florida, north of Miami Beach, late on July 4. (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

The rest of the Champlain South tower is seen being demolished in Surfside, Florida, north of Miami Beach, late on July 4. (Photo by GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images) (GIORGIO VIERA/AFP via Getty Images)

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We deserve to be able to walk into buildings without worrying that they’re going to come crumbling around us and to know that our loved ones can go to bed at night without worrying that they’re going to plummet 12 stories to the ground below in their sleep,” said Jeffrey Goodman, whose Philadelphia-based firm filed suit on behalf of the children of missing resident Harold Rosenberg.

The lawsuits filed to date accuse the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, and in some cases a local architect and engineer, of negligence for failing to address serious structural problems noted as far back as 2018. A Surfside town building inspector had also been part of the discussions, and Goodman’s firm has given notice of plans to add the town as a defendant.

The role of building owners and architects and engineers and inspectors and safety professionals is to make sure that buildings are safe for their occupants to be in,” Goodman said.

At a hearing Friday, a judge appointed a receiver to represent the condominium association’s interests given the trauma experienced by board members, one of whom remains missing. The board has about $ 48 million in insurance coverage, while the oceanfront land is valued at $ 30 miljoen aan $ 50 miljoen, the judge was told.

The judge said he hoped the litigation could be resolved quickly, perhaps within a year. Tot dan, he authorized the receiver, attorney Michael Goldberg, to provide $ 10,000 each to residents for temporary housing and $ 2,000 to cover funeral expenses.

Rescue workers move a stretcher containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, in Surfside, Fla., Maandag. (AP)

Rescue workers move a stretcher containing recovered remains at the site of the collapsed Champlain Towers South condo building, in Surfside, Fla., Maandag. (AP)

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