Imagine walking down South Beach on a beautiful sunny day when all of a sudden a hotel hangover roof collapses and almost kills you. Believe it or not this is not a fantasy and this actually occurred at a Miami Beach hotel. This collapse happened on February 5, 2011, at approximately 3:15 p.m. This occurred above the Ocean Seven restaurant which will most likely remain closed for two weeks post accident. The near fatal accident occurred at the Majestic Hotel at 660 Ocean Dr.
Miami-Dade Fire rescue was called upon the scene to investigate the hotel building collapse. Also called onto the scene were building inspectors who claim that the most likely reason for the roof hangover collapse was due to “wear and tear” and the fact that it was an “old building”. Building inspector, Abraham Alvarez said, “the eyebrow collapsed most likely because of water being on top of it. Just wear and tear.” He further stated that the there should have been a water drainage system but it wasn’t in place because it was an old building.
Luckily, nobody was injured from the collapsed roof which could have been a fatal and tragic accident. This begs the obvious question of how can a hotel building that profits millions of dollars from the general public not take adequate precautions to protect their own patrons, employees and pedestrians. Restaurant employee Alex Gonzalez, said, I just heard a big old boom and we came to the side to see if anybody was hurt. Thank God nobody was hurt.”
`Wear and tear’ likely caused Miami Beach hotel accident, building inspector says , www.miamiherald.com, February 6, 2011.
Unfortunately, collapsed roofs and other building design defects are a common occurrence and lead to serious injuries. If you or anyone you know has suffered an injury as a result of an accident such as a collapsed building, design defect or any other premises liability injury you must contact the lawyers at the Friedland Law Group. Our lawyers have over 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases. The Miami injury lawyers are dedicated to helping accident victims. Please call our office at (305) 661-2008 for your free consultation.
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