There are currently several theories as to why Champlain Towers South, at 8777 Collins Ave. in Miami, collapsed. An investigation has been promised by local authorities with several private individuals, including structural engineers, geodetic engineers, and more, working both in conjunction with authorities and on behalf of victims to understand all possible causes.
Some of the leading theories involving the collapse at present include:
- Cracks in structural columns
- Poor construction practices at the time the tower was built
- Vibrations from nearby construction projects
- Rising seawater levels
- Corrosion of structural rebar
- Barrier island erosion
It is entirely possible that a combination of factors played a role in this deadly and devastating event. Determining which of these factors – along with others that may not have been identified yet – contributed to the collapse of Champlain Towers South may take several months.
What Rights to Victims Have?
Regardless of the cause, there is a long and documented history of residents complaining about structural issues at Champlain Towers South. These complaints and reports were largely ignored. This and several other issues may make certain parties liable for damages if their negligence is shown to have played a role.
Florida Statute Section 95.11 (c) (3) may allow certain owners of units at Champlain Towers South to bring suit against architects, engineers, contractors, and others whose actions or inaction may have caused this colossal failure and needless loss of innocent lives. Our premises liability lawyers are here to help.
Hickey Law Firm is Here to Fight for You
Inadequate planning, shoddy construction practices, multiple complaints ignored…all of these things may have played a role in this horrific tragedy that has resulted in injury, death, displacement, and trauma for hundreds of Floridians and their families. If you have been impacted by the collapse of Champlain Towers South, we want to hear your story – and to help you understand all of your options.
Please call our Miami office today at 305-371-8000 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.