Childers, Schlueter & Smith Files Suit on Behalf of Worker Injured in Atlanta Botanical Garden Collapse

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Atlanta Botanical Garden and several companies involved in the construction of the elevated walkway that collapsed at the gardens December 19, 2008. Mr. Rios was working pouring concrete for the project when the structure collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring 18 others, of whom Mr. Rios was one.

"It’s difficult to understand why this case needs to be litigated. Clearly, the Defendants failed to provide a safe work environment for my client and his coworkers"

The personal injury law office of Childers, Schlueter & Smith of Atlanta, GA, today announced that they have filed suit at the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia on behalf of their client, Rafael Rios, against Atlanta Botanical Garden and several companies involved in the construction of the elevated walkway that collapsed at the gardens December 19, 2008 (Fulton State Court case number 10EV010241J). The walkway, also called a "skywalk," is situated at the Storza Woods section of the world-famous Botanical Garden. Although the walk was slated to open in spring 2009, the accident delayed its opening until April 2010.

Mr. Rios was working as a laborer for a concrete firm on the project. On the morning of December 19, 2008, he and his crew were pouring concrete over the structure frame that had already been erected for the walkway. During concrete pouring, the structure collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring 18 others, of whom Mr. Rios was one. The men fell an estimated 30 feet to the damp hillside.

Several other Plaintiffs have also filed suit in the accident, including counsel for the worker who was killed. “It’s difficult to understand why this case needs to be litigated. Clearly, the Defendants failed to provide a safe work environment for my client and his coworkers,” said attorney Childers. In fact, the general contractor was fined by OSHA for inadequate shoring towers at the build. However, the erection company faced the stiffest fines for failing to anchor the shoring towers adequately and failing to inspect the supports.

About Childers, Schlueter & Smith

Childers, Schlueter & Smith is a preeminent Georgia law firm that takes pride in years of experience and exceptional results. The firm’s personal injury and wrongful death lawyers are devoted to helping victims nationwide receive compensation for their losses. Today, the firm has recovered more than $150,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for their clients.

To find out more about the Botanical Gardens Case or learn more about Childers, Schlueter & Smith, call toll free at 1-800-641-0098 or visit http://www.cssfirm.com.

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Brandon Smith
Childers, Schlueter & Smith
404-419-9500
http://www.cssfirm.com/

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