Resident of Collapsed Florida Tower Files Class Action Against Condo Association

Over 150 people remain in the building verifiably.

A resident of Chaplain Towers South, the Florida high-rise apartment building that collapsed earlier this week, filed a potential class action lawsuit less than a day after the disaster.

According to NBC News, the complaint was filed by Manuel Drezner in a Miami-Dade County court just before 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. In his court records, Drezner and his lawyer say the class action lawsuit seeks to “compensate the victims of this inconceivable loss.”

The lawsuit relates to the collapse of a building in Surfside Florida near Miami Beach, according to NBC.

The high-rise with condominiums collapsed around 1.30 a.m. on Thursday. Of the tower’s 136 units, an estimated 55 – all in the northeast corridor – disappeared within seconds.

While official figures list just four dead and 11 injured, at least 159 people remain missing – likely dead or possibly trapped under the rubble.

Drezner’s lawsuit alleges that the Chaplain Towers South Condominium Association Inc. “failed to adequately secure the building and place the lives and property of its residents and visitors.” […] endangered, which leads to the collapse of the building. “

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“The defendant was aware, or should have reasonably known at all relevant times, that the life and property of the plaintiff and the class were at risk because the precautions taken at Champlain Towers South were not taken,” the lawsuit states.

NBC News reports that although officials have not yet determined the cause of the collapse, the lawsuit alleges that class members retain the right to amend their records once more information becomes available about the source of the disaster and the number of victims .

At the moment, the lawsuit broadly alleges that the Chaplain Towers South Condominium Association had an agreement with the building owners that “the association should maintain, repair and replace at its own expense”. […] all parts of the units […] Contribute to the support of the building, with parts including, but not limited to, the exterior of the building and supporting pillars. “

The lawsuit alleges that the agreement was “clearly” violated by the association.

“According to public statements made by Defendant’s attorney, Ken Director, certain structural issues have been ‘identified in need of repair’ but not implemented; It was followed by one of the most breathtaking tragedies in South Florida history, ”the lawsuit said.

However, director, who continues to represent the Chaplain Towers South Condominium Association, said his client did nothing wrong.

“I don’t know what caused this building to collapse, you don’t know what caused this building to collapse, government officials don’t know what caused this building to collapse, engineers don’t know what caused this building to fall over” said director. “Please explain to me how this lawyer knows what caused this building to collapse.”

The class action lawsuit, adds WPTV.com, calls for a refund, redress, and legal fees.

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