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Florida International University bridge victims settle for $103 m

Munilla Construction Management (MCM), the general contractor that was responsible for the construction of the pedestrian bridge near Florida International University's (FIU) Sweetwater campus, has settled with six of the families who lost loved ones when it collapsed trapping them beneath on March 15, 2018. The estates of the deceased will ultimately split up $102.7 million among themselves. The families of the remaining victims weren't party to this lawsuit.

The construction company is currently in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings. They are reorganizing their debts as part of that process. A statement that MCM issued about their reorganization plan captures how they realize that no amount of money can replace the victims. It's president did note that the settlement with these victims' families at this point will mean that they'll have to spend less time involved in costly litigation of their civil cases though.

Six people died and countless others who were seriously injured when the pedestrian bridge that covered Southwest Eighth Street collapsed. It was supposed to connect the southwest Miami-Dade city of Sweetwater to FIU's main campus. The construction of the bridge had largely been completed off-campus. It was installed and stress-tested shortly before the collapse occurred.

Many of the injured victims and loved ones for the deceased had filed a multitude of lawsuits against as many as 20 different parties involved in designing, testing and building the bridge. All of the defendants had settled with the victims of the tragedy by July. The only holdout party that didn't join the settlement was an engineering consulting firm. They were responsible for overseeing the primary engineering company's calculations and design.

A report published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in recent months has pointed to systematic negligence, inadequate oversight and design failures for the bridge collapse.

When many individuals think of construction litigation, they often focus their attention on homeowner disputes with construction companies. These types of cases often involve a particular feature of the home malfunctioning and causing structural problems and/or diminishing its value.

There are instances in which individuals lose their lives due to contractor negligence though. A construction litigation attorney in Melbourne can assist you in recovering compensation in these larger-scale Florida liability cases as well.

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