They believe that the agency should have been aware of the main structural problems but did not solve them. As a result, at least 12 people died, and 149 are still missing.
The residents of Champlain Towers South still have not come out of their astonishment after the tragic landslide last Thursday morning. Amidst the pain and bewilderment, more and more complex residents are filing lawsuits against the condominium board.
The main argument of the legal actions is that the association was aware or, failing that, should have been aware of the main structural problems throughout the building but did not fix them. This failure resulted in injuries and deaths and the loss of residents' homes and other property, the complaints allege. That is why they are accused of negligence.
Since part of the building collapsed in the early hours of June 24, at least three lawsuits have been filed against the Champlain Towers South Condominium Association, which manages the facility.
As reported by NPR, Raysa Rodríguez filed the latest lawsuit on her behalf and her resident. Still, more formal presentations are expected, her attorney explained. Rodríguez's lawsuit, which is intended to serve as a class action for other residents, includes terrifying first-hand details from the night of the collapse.
The woman, owner, and resident of unit 907 said that as soon as the incident happened, she tried to call a neighbor and her brother but could not contact them. He quickly left his home and saw signs of devastation in the hallway. A solid column "crossed the hallway from floor to ceiling," he said. The elevator shafts were exposed, and the doors disappeared.
"I ran to get out, opened the doors that lead to the outer stairs, and saw the destruction. Champlain Beach fell, drowned. I screamed in a terrible voice, she expressed in horror.
He then said he heard a woman's voice calling for help from the rubble as she hurried to find a way out. Finally, Rodriguez, a neighbor, the neighbor's 10-year-old son and their pet, and an 80-year-old resident managed to flee together through the balcony of a second-floor apartment, where firefighters rescued the group from the rubble.
Rodriguez's attorneys, Adam M. Moskowitz, and his firm are asking the judge to consolidate all similar claims related to the Champlain Towers South collapse. Moskowitz is also asking to be made the lead attorney in the class action case.
It is important that this process be started immediately to protect all residents and their families and get to the bottom of what happened. said the attorney.
He added: "The legal and class action process ensures that all evidence is preserved and that all members of the class are treated fairly."
The Miami Dead Prosecutor's Office will ask a grand jury to analyze the building's collapse.
The Miami-Dade County Prosecutor's Office confirmed Tuesday that it has a "plan" to ask a grand jury to intervene in the partial collapse of a building that has so far included 12 People have been killed and 149 missing because this is a very public matter. Significance
"I plan to request that our Grand Jury analyze the measures we can take to protect our residents without endangering any scientific or public safety or potential criminal investigations," state prosecutor Katherine Fernández said in a statement sent to the EFE news agency. Rundle.
Authorities reported on Tuesday the discovery of a new body at the partial collapse of an apartment building on June 24 in Surfside, near Miami Beach, so the number of confirmed deaths so far rose to 12.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava indicated that with this newly confirmed fatality, there are now 149 missings.
The people located are 125 after reviewing the figures obtained from different sources, said Levine Cava. The latter this same Tuesday supported the announcement of the Miami-Dade County attorney general.
"In the morning when this tragic incident took place, I sent prosecutors to the disaster site to cooperate with engineers and other investigators," the prosecution said in a statement.
"Since then," he added, "I have visited the scene several times, and we have continued to provide all necessary help."
According to Fernandez-Rundle, his office has a long tradition of not only presenting criminal cases before a grand jury, and he has served the community for years in examining health and safety issues.
The state attorney cites as an example the report she issued in the wake of the devastating Hurricane Andrew in 1992, a report that, in her words, "helped make better building codes ."