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Colson Hicks Eidson Is Helping Victims And Families Of The Surfside Condo Collapse

July 28, 2021
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Despite the many jokes about lawyers only being interested in money, those who work in the civil justice system are truly interested in helping people achieve justice through the legal system. Pro Bono work is one way to ensure that all people get their chance in court.

Pro Bono work is when an attorney agrees to represent a client without pay. A structural collapse attorney at Colson Hicks Eidson in Miami is helping those whose families were directly affected by the tragic collapse of the apartment building in Surfside, Florida. We are eager to accept the call to action because, with our help, we can help victims seek compensation and work to prevent future catastrophes like this.

What Happened To The Condo Building In Surfside, Florida?

On June 24th, a 12-story condo building collapsed in Surfside, Florida. The death toll, tragically, has reached 98.  The condo building was up for its 40-year inspection, but there were clear signs that the building needed to be repaired even without a report.  Although investigators are still working to determine the exact cause or causes of the condo building’s collapse, there is no question that the failure to update and repair the building contributed to the building’s collapse.

The 12-story Champlain Towers South Condo is a canary in the coal mine for other coastal structures. Different coastal areas, cities, and towns are re-thinking their timelines for inspections as well as their emergency plans if something like this happens again. The court has called on leading attorneys in the area to take on clients affected by the disaster as pro bono work.

The Collapsed Condo Is The 9/11 For Miami

Attorney and Partner, Patrick Montoya, is calling this moment in time the “9/11 of Miami”. The call for pro bono work from surrounding attorneys is reminiscent of the call for pro bono work due to the towers collapsing in New York on 9/11. Montoya understands that victims need help because they need justice. But, through responsible litigation, he believes it will also help to make changes in the construction and real estate industries through effective regulation and monitoring. Montoya and others at Colson Hicks Eidson in Miami have offered free legal work to people affected by the condo tragedy.

Attorneys have the power to not only change a person’s life but to influence an entire industry. In an NBC news article, Montoya explained the importance of providing pro bono work at such a time. Montoya stated that “If you’re negligent and not using reasonable care, this is what’s going to happen…. You’re going to have to pay”. Helping the community take justice against such negligence will serve as a “check on individuals, businesses, corporations, and developers that have allowed safety inspections to fall to the wayside.”

The Court Appoints Colson Hicks Eidson’S Curtis Miner To Help Lead The Litigation

On July 16, 2021, Judge Michael Hanzman appointed attorney and Partner, Curtis Miner, to serve as Wrongful Death Charitable and Liaison Counsel in the Surfside litigation.

If You Need Help

If you or someone you know needs legal aid related to the Champlain Towers, please reach out by calling us at 305-476-7400 or clicking here for a free consultation about how we can help you.

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