VICTIMS of the deadly Florida condo collapse will receive at least $ 150 million in compensation after a judge rules a class action lawsuit in their favor – and reveals that all the rubble has been cleared from the site.
Those affected by the Champlain Towers building collapse in June will receive millions of dollars first from insurance and then from the sale of the building’s property.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman has ruled that all survivors, visitors and families of those who died in the Surfside building will be eligible for the funds.
Hanzman has ruled that the owners of the original 12-story building will owe the families of at least 97 people who were killed in the collapse – and more than 100 families whose apartments were left in rubble.
The amount does not include funds that would be disbursed due to the growing number of lawsuits filed since the June 24 collapse, where the building has only existed for 40 years.
All lawsuits are filed as one class action lawsuit, Hanzman said.
“The concern of the court has always been the victims here,” he said. “Their rights will be protected.
Attorney Michael Goldberg will act as receiver to manage the money from the building in a multi-agency investigation into the property.
Goldberg said the property is free of debris and all rubble considered evidence will be sent to a warehouse in Miami.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is leading the federal review of the case.
Lawyers and engineers are waiting for the institute to grant them permission to continue their own investigation while they wait to pass through 22 million tonnes of rubble.
“It may take years for their report to become public,” Goldberg said.
Since the collapse and subsequent rescue efforts, only 95 of the 97 bodies have been identified.
The property, which is worth around $ 100 million, is disputed by residents and authorities.
Some want the building to be rebuilt in order to be able to return to ownership.
Others want it to become a park and a memorial for those who have lost their lives.
“Personally, I would never set foot in a building. It’s a burial place, ”owner Raysa Rodriguez said at the hearing.
“I wake up in the middle of the night thinking of all those who have perished.”