Two Accidents In Downtown West Palm Beach In One Week
Recently, a construction crane tipped over at the All Aboard Florida train station construction in downtown West Palm Beach. The 130 foot crane, weighing approximately 110-tons, may have caught another object as it attempted to drill into the ground for support, according to media reports.
No injuries were reported in the accident, which took place at the 500 block of Evernia Street, just north of Fern Street and east of South Rosemary Avenue. The work is being performed by Moss & Associates, based out of Fort Lauderdale. The crane was disassembled and moved off the site to continue work.
The All Aboard Florida project aims to modernize the West Palm Beach rail station and connect Miami and Orlando via passenger trains. The $1.5 billion project also hopes to double track the rail corridor between Miami and Cocoa and improve signaling systems.
Building collapse injures four
The day before the crane accident, the brick facade of the Alexander Lofts in downtown West Palm Beach fell four stories onto a one-story law office. Bricks from the six-story apartment building smashed through the roof of the adjacent law office, injuring four.
Officials believe rusted metal rods connecting the brick facade to the exterior were to blame for the collapse. While representatives from the building’s management company lauded the condition of the building, tenants told media reporters the building was host to a slew of problems.
One resident claimed to have made several complaints about the condition of the roof in his apartment, which were only fixed after city inspectors cited building owners for the condition of the tenant’s apartment. Repairs were eventually made to correct the issues.
Premises liability issues
In cases where individuals were hurt due to the dilapidated condition of buildings or other property hazards, victims may be able to hold property owners accountable for the injuries. The law holds property owners must take reasonable safety steps to keep tenants and property visitors safe from foreseeable hazards.
While the causes of the Alexander Lofts collapse is still under investigation, if the owner was somehow negligent in their upkeep of the building, victims may be able to file premises liability lawsuits against the landlord for their damages. The law gives injury victims legal means to recover compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage, and other damage.
West Palm Beach premises liability lawsuits
If you or a loved one was hurt on someone else’s property, it could be due to the carelessness or negligence of the owner or property management company. The premises liability lawyers of The Pendas Law Firm have years of experience fighting for the legal rights of injury victims and can help investigate the causes of accidents and hold wrongdoers responsible.
Contact us for a consultation about your case to find out what your legal options may be. Our premises liability lawyers serve clients throughout West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Fort Myers, Tampa, and Jacksonville.