US state of Florida: billions in compensation after the collapse of a skyscraper

Status: 12/05/2022 07:19

Nearly a year ago, a 12-story building collapsed in Florida, killing 98 people. Survivors and their loved ones are now to receive a total of approximately US$1 billion in compensation.

After the collapse of a residential tower in the US state of Florida last June, survivors and relatives of victims are to receive approximately one billion dollars in compensation. A victim’s lawyer told AFP news agency that an agreement had been reached for $997 million in compensation for those affected. Lawyer Carlos Silva also announced that an additional $100 million could be added to this sum.

Judge Michael Hanzman, in charge of civil proceedings, described the agreement reached as “fantastic”, according to the “New York Times”. The amount of compensation was “much higher than I expected”.

Cause of the accident still unknown

The 12-story Champlain Towers South residential building in Surfside, north of Miami Beach, partially collapsed on the night of June 24. 98 people died in the disaster. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown. As early as 2018, an expert report had noted “significant structural damage” to the building, completed in 1981.

The civil suit was directed, among other things, against a construction company that had erected a building next to the collapsed residential tower. In the lawsuit, vibrations during construction work are partly responsible for the accident.

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