This summer when the Champlain Towers South collapsed in Florida, Angelenos weighed in on if something like that could happen in California. This was one of the most devastating events to occur in recent years – and it’s changing the approach to building maintenance and repair. Hundreds of families lost their homes and belongings overnight. They deserve to hold negligent parties accountable for their loss, including the surviving family members of 98 victims.
According to the New York Post, investigative reports showed extremely high levels of corrosion and erosion from saltwater. Specialists ruled the structure of the 40-year-old building had multiple weak points resulting in its collapse around 1:30 a.m. on June 24.
Any level of corrosion should have been detected, addressed, and fixed immediately although the building was set to undergo repair and maintenance before it collapsed. According to Reuters, the condo association president warned residents of the damages in April but has been fully aware of them since 2018.
When it comes to structural damages there is typically more than one person to blame. It might take years before victims finalize their lawsuit against building management, construction crews, engineers, or architects. Anyone that had a hand in developing the residential building shares responsibility for their negligence.
Unlike Florida, California has strict building codes and standards. We have our fair share of earthquakes. That is why construction crews are required to ensure the building is safe before it is declared habitable. When they fail to properly secure the structure or exercise a duty of care resulting in your injury, consult with a construction accident lawyer immediately.
These cases are hard to resolve without a personal injury lawyer by your side. If you or a loved one have been impacted by faulty or poor construction, call us today to schedule a free consultation.