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Family Files Lawsuit After Their 18-Year-Old Girl Dies When FIU Bridge Collapsed

18-year-old Alex Duran’s family filed a wrongful death complaint against the defendants Munilla Construction Management, Figg Bridge Engineers, and subcontractors involved in the bridge project in Florida.

Alex Duran a student in the Florida International University met her death while driving her Toyota SUV. The bridge collapsed on her SUV vehicle trapping her in the rubble. She was confirmed dead on Friday.

It is questionable how Figg Engineers constructed the bridge with much haste. On a statement by Goldfarb, the constructors hurried in the project. He said that there were no precautions taken by the said constructors as at the time of construction there was still traffic along the road.

Richard Humble, a friend of Duran, escaped death when a slab of concrete hit on Duran’s SUV where she died.

More lawsuits follow as Duran and Richard Humble took to the courts to file a new lawsuit.

Still, the families of Rolando Fraga who did not survive the tragedy; Emily Joy, a college student who escaped a crushed car, and marquise Hepburn who got injured while cycling just near the bridge have pressed lawsuits against the defendants.

Goldfarb, a representative of the plaintiff, mentioned earlier that they have six months and one day before pressing charges. He said that the constructors acted so reckless by putting more effort building the bridge during the college spring break. He also stressed that they optimized on using the spring break which is not long enough to complete the bridge.

FIU retained Munilla Construction Management LLC as the general contractor. The purpose of Munilla was to oversee the building of the bridge project. A statement reported that the contractor lacked skill and experience in ABC techniques.

In an attempt to fulfill its duties, Munilla entered into an agreement with subcontractors who possessed the expertise. The use of ABC technique was to the advantage of the contractors. Reason being structural components can be assembled at the construction site even as traffic flows.

Five days following the placement of the bridge and post-tensioning was underway, cracking and popping sounds could be heard as adjustments were made to the tensioning rods.

A short while afterward the bridge collapsed as a tensioning rod failed. The tragedy claimed several lives and that of the plaintiff – Alex Duran.

Family of an 85-Year-Old Woman Sues Care Centre For Violating Construction Safety Codes

Joyce Davis enjoyed traveling to California to spend time with her daughter. On this fateful day, she walked past an empty nurse station; the door was unlocked. Unaware of the danger ahead, Davis fell into a pit. The incident marked the beginning of her last tormenting days on earth. Construction negligence at St. Joseph Care Centre had destroyed the life of the 85-year-old.

The Damage

The pitfall left Davis with severe brain injury as well as a subdural hematoma. The brain injury was so traumatic that she could not recognize her daughter three weeks before her demise. During her last breathing days on earth, she suffered from horrible dreams and nightmares. In court, attorneys Charlie Rohr together with Charles Conrad narrated the ordeal, vividly describing how she spent her last days screaming as if demons had visited her in her sleep.

The Case

In the quest for justice, the family moved to the court through the attorneys filing a civil lawsuit against the Health Care Centre for negligence that resulted in the tragic death of Davis. The daughter of the deceased, Kathy Davis said that the center’s negligence took away her mother and best friend.

“It will not bring my mother back, but their negligence killed her;” she said.

DHIS Supporting Evidence

The lawsuit further cites that Washington Department of health and social services had conducted an inspection of the facility and noted that they violated safety codes by leaving the doors unlocked. The department made a 58-page report that the doors, three doors, remained unlocked risking the lives of many people. Despite receiving a summary, the facility did not take measures to correct the situation until it claimed the first victim.

Victims Medical Background

Kathy told the court that her mother was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center after falling while walking, but was transferred to St. Joseph for upper body strength exercise that would help her regain her normal walking conditions.

It was during her stay at St. Joseph that Joyce Davis wandered around and managed to leave her room without being detected. She explained that her mother suffered from insomnia. It also raised several concerns about safety in the facility. How can a patient wander around undetected? Do the beds have safety rails? Are there alarms in the center to assist staff and manage patients with such conditions?

Davis was reported missing on 22 February at 10 PM and was found at 1 AM the following day. She survived thanks to the holes that air inside the pit but had to withstand temperatures of 32 degrees. She died on March 15, 2017.

The family is looking for medical relief, funeral expenses and other costs determined by the court.