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MIAMI, FL – Collapsed Structures – Last night the back deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill collapsed into Biscayne Bay injuring dozens of people. Although the Miami Heat had a successful night, these restaurant goers certainly did not. This is not the first time a deck has collapsed in the Bayside area.

Miami is known for its beautiful vistas and exceptional water views. Tourists and locals flock to restaurants like Shuckers Bar & Grill and expect a safe environment while enjoying the Miami scenery as they dine. Decks like those at Shuckers Bar & Grill do not ordinarily collapse in the absence of faulty construction or negligent maintenance. Our Miami Premises Liability lawyers know that a restaurant deck can be unreasonably dangerous as a result of negligence, including faulty construction or the failure to comply with building permits and occupancy limitations. The collapse of this deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill, which transformed an evening of fun into one of fear and loss, likely could and should have been prevented.

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MIAMI, FL — Collapsed Structures Miami Premises Liability lawyers know how much devastation is wrought when a large structure collapses. At least 23 people were killed and eleven injured when an apartment building collapsed in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. Closer to home, four Miami families continue to grieve the loss of loved ones after a Miami Dade College parking garage collapsed in the Doral area of Miami, FL last October.

Samuel Perez, 53, died shortly after being pulled from the rubble, his legs amputated in a last-ditch attempt to save him. His name joins the list alongside the names of Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, Robert Budhoo, 53, and Jose Calderon, 60, who also lost their lives in the collapse.

The College’s parking garage was under construction, and Bill Byrne, the president of Ajax Building Corporation, still has no answers for what caused the Miami wrongful deaths. The $22.5 million dollar, five story garage is just the scene of the latest such catastrophe in our area.

After the collapse, victims were found under the rubble and at least one man was removed from the inside of a crushed truck, as students ran wildly from the wreckage. Miami Dade College reopened for classes, this month, but the grieving and rebuilding process continues.

In Cairo, the collapsed building had been erected without a permit, but here in Florida, even properly permitted buildings can be unreasonably dangerous due to any number of defects or oversights. A Miami, FL Premises Liability lawyer will know how to help victims or their families learn the truth about what caused a collapsed structure.
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MIAMI, FL — Miami Wrongful Death and Premises Liability lawyers know how quickly a family’s life can be changed when tragedy strikes. Three area families are grieving the loss of loved ones, and the number could grow, as a result of the collapse at the Miami Dade College parking garage in Doral, FL.

Samuel Perez, 53, died shortly after being pulled from the rubble, his legs amputated in a last-ditch attempt to save him. His name joins the list along with Carlos Hurtado Demendoza, 48, and Jose Calderon, 60, who also lost their lives in the collapse. Miami construction site accident lawyers will likely retain structural engineering experts to determine the cause of the collapsed parking garage at some point in the near future.

The College’s parking garage was under construction, and Bill Byrne, the president of Ajax Building Corporation, still has no answers for what caused the catastrophe. The $22.5 million dollar, five story garage is now the scene of tragedy, as the many who were injured in the collapsed structure continue to receive treatment.

At least one more worker remains missing, as rescue crews continue to scour the site. Victims were found under the rubble and at least one man was removed from the inside of a crushed truck.

Students ran wildly from the wreckage as the building fell, and the sad aftermath continues.

If your family has lost a loved one, or if you or someone you know has been injured due to dangerous premises, you may be entitled to compensation. Call a Hannon Legal Group today for a free, no obligation consultation or call (866) 835-6872 to speak to one of our Miami, FL. wrongful death lawyers
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – Rescue teams continue to search for Pierre Mezador, a 58-year-old Titan America employee, who is presumed dead after falling into a giant silo full of dry powder cement at the plant’s Medley location last week. Miami, Florida premises liability lawyers represent the families of victims like Mezador when they are injured or killed as a result of negligent maintenance of a roof or structure. A Miami, Florida wrongful death lawyer would immediately see the potential for a very strong wrongful Death lawsuit. Collapsed structures and roofs are almost always the result of negligent maintenance.

Mezador was employed by Titan America at its Medley plant for 19 years prior to the accident. Friday, August 17, was undoubtedly the most memorable day of those 19 years for Mezador’s family. Early Friday morning, Mezador fell over 140 feet into the silo he was working on when the metal roof collapsed. Rescue efforts were stalled for nearly 6 hours due to the dangerous condition of the site. After vigorously trying to look for Mezador Friday afternoon, rescue workers were unable to detect any sign of life from beneath the rubble.

On Sunday, a large crane was brought on site in order to expedite the process of removing debris from inside the silo and hopefully recover Mezador’s remains in a timely manner.
Titan America company leaders stated that they “deeply regret the incident and emphasize that employee safety is their primary concern.”

Titan has a policy in place under its emergency procedure manual which requires that emergency rescue teams and equipment be ready for action before an employee enters a silo. The company plans to conduct an extensive investigation into the incident. The Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will also conduct an investigation.

Accidents similar to what happened at Titan’s Medley plant Friday are very rare according to construction experts and are all preventable according to Titan’s emergency procedure manual. Unfortunately, many questions remain unanswered for not only Mezador’s family, but for an entire industry and the general public.
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Polk County, Florida – A construction site accident claimed the life of one construction worker in Polk County Monday. Felipe Felix, a construction worker for Lane Construction, was struck by a car and killed while he was installing road construction signs along Highway 98.

Felix was hit by a Ford Fusion, driven by Jeltema Georgia Lynn, 46, of Zephyrhills, as he was crossing the road and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said that Felix, 36, of Bartow, had been wearing his reflective safety vest. He picked up an orange construction sign from the side of a Construction truck and began crossing Highway 98.

The Lane Construction truck had its headlights and strobe lights activated according to authorities.

A spokesman for Lane Construction said that the company’s usual practice is to travel on the opposite side of the roadway with their lights on so their employees can see oncoming traffic prior to crossing a roadway.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues their investigation into this fatal Lakeland car accident.
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Miami, Florida – Two workers were seriously injured in a construction site accident Tuesday afternoon when they fell down an elevator shaft in Miami-Dade County.

According to Fire Rescue officials, the accident happened in a building under construction at Southwest 84th Avenue and Eighth Street.

The victims were working on a suspended cart inside the elevator shaft when the cables broke. Officials said the men fell four stories.

The men were transported to Ryder Trauma Center for emergency medical treatment.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation at this time although, the accident could have been the result of negligent maintenance of the cart and cables, or it could have been the result of a defective product.

Contractors have a duty to maintain their equipment in a reasonably safe condition and can, in some instances, be held liable when they fail to do so.

Additionally, product manufacturers have a duty to make sure that when their product is sold to the public it is safe and suitable for its intended use. When a manufacturer fails to design or manufacture its products safely and in conformity with applicable standards or fails to adequately warn of foreseeable harm, they can be held liable under product liability laws.
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Central Florida – Florida personal injury lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of John Graziano, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident last August.

The defendants – wrestling superstar, Hulk Hogan and his family. Graziano’s parents are suing Hogan under Florida’s “Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine” which holds the owner of an automobile vicariously responsible for the negligent operation of that vehicle.

Experienced Florida personal injury lawyers know how to use Florida’s laws to achieve substantial compensation for their seriously injured clients.

Hogan’s son, Nick Bollea, was driving a car registered in his father’s name at the time of the crash.

The August 2007 auto accident (see my post on March 13th about this crash) left Bollea’s friend, Graziano with permanent brain damage and other serious injuries that will require daily nursing care for the rest of his life.

Bollea faces charges of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury. He will be tried on these charges next month.

The Graziano family filed a lawsuit against Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea), his wife Linda and son Nick, charging them with negligence.
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Hialeah, Florida – The body of 28 year old, Odin Torres, a Miami woman was recovered from the debris caused by the collapse of a huge construction crane in New York Saturday. The crane accident destroyed a four-story building in Manhattan when it toppled.

Six others were also killed in the accident. They were all construction workers.

The crane collapsed when a steel collar used to secure it to the building under construction fell while it was being installed. It caused damage to another steel collar below it that also supported the crane. Once the crane’s support system had been compromised, the counterweights at the top of the crane caused it to fall, according to the New York City Department of Buildings.

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Brevard County – Spokespersons for a road construction company denied that ongoing road construction was to blame for any of the six, separate motor vehicle accidents that occurred early Monday morning in or near a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 95 that is the subject of a major road widening construction project.

Six auto accidents, including one involving an overturned semi tractor-trailer truck, occurred Monday on I-95 in Brevard during rush hour. Several motorists were injured.

The first two accidents occurred just south of the construction zone – a stretch of I-95 spanning about 10 miles from Fiske Boulevard in Rockledge to State Road 528 in Cocoa which is being widened from four lanes to six.

The first crash was reported after 3 a.m. at mile marker 195, just south of Fiske. The right northbound lane still was blocked at 6:30 a.m. Bottle-necking and backup at that wreck may have contributed to cause a second crash, this one a head-on collision, occurring approximately 20 minutes later near the Viera Boulevard overpass. That crash resulted in injury to two people who were rushed to the hospital for emergency medical treatment.
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