Wrongful Death Lawsuit Emerges After Florida Condo Tower Collapse

What is likely to be one of several wrongful death lawsuits has been filed in relation to the Champlain Tower Condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida.

In Florida “the person or people who are inheriting the Estate of the deceased can recover damages based on the negligence of the at-fault person, and if that negligence resulted in the death of the deceased, then a claim can be made.”

Yahoo reported on the lawsuit on July 9, 2021. Josephina Henriquez is the “pending personal representative for the estate of deceased Ana Ortiz” and has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Champlain Tower South Condominium Association, its property manager, and its engineering firm.

The lawsuit, filed by Chalik & Chalik Law Offices, alleges negligence and gross negligence, claiming that the “signs leading up to this horrible collapse were apparent for years as the engineering firm submitted reports of the damages. Years of neglect and concrete deterioration led to an unsafe living environment.”

Though the lawsuit is being filed on behalf of the estate of Ana Ortiz, 46, her husband Frank Kleiman, 55, and her son Luis Andres Bermundez, 26, also perished in the collapse.

As of writing (July 9), 78 people have been confirmed dead as rescue crews attempt to recover bodies from the wreckage.

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