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Pedestrian Bridge Collapses at Florida International University

If you or someone close to you has been injured or killed in a preventable accident on someone else’s property, you need to reach out to a seasoned Miami premises liability attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options.

Earlier this month, a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University that killed six people and injured nine others. Now, a man who claims he was seriously injured while riding his bicycle under the bridge at the time it collapsed is suing the University for damages. The lawsuit will seek to answer many of the same questions under investigation by federal and state officials. The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to figure out the exact cause of the accident. One of the main issues in the case is if there was reason to know the bridge was in a dangerous condition. There are reports that the lead engineer noticed the cracks on the bridge and called a state official to warn of these cracks, but he insisted there was no immediate cause for concern.

Those injured in the bridge collapse will likely be able to recover compensation through a negligence claim. Negligence law intends to hold individuals accountable who act carelessly with little regard for others’ safety. To show negligence, however, the plaintiff does not need to show that the defendant had ill intent or meant to cause the harm. Instead, negligence takes place when a person or company fails to use the level of care and caution that a person or company using reasonable care would have used in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a company using reasonable care would have taken prompt action to remedy cracks on a bridge, understanding the potential risk of accidents, injuries, and death associated with such cracks.

If negligence is established, the injured party may be able to recover a variety of economic and non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income and benefits, rehabilitation costs, property damage, and more.

If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages through a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that may be filed when the negligence or wrongful act of one party causes the death of another person. Florida Statutes Section 768.19 states that a wrongful death takes place when a person’s death is caused by the “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another party. Wrongful death cases are complex, and a skilled attorney on your side can help you determine if you have a viable claim.

Those who win a wrongful death claim may be entitled to a range of wrongful death damages, including but not limited to medical expenses prior to the decedent’s death, funeral and burial costs, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and more.

If you have been injured or you have lost a loved one in an accident on someone else’s property, you may be able to obtain compensation for your harm. At our Law Offices, our skilled Miami premises liability attorneys are well-versed in all aspects of Florida personal injury law and can apply our knowledge to use in your case. For more information, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.

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