Childers, Schlueter & Smith Helps Victims of Parking Garage Collapse Find Justice

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In December 2007 a construction worker was killed and another 18 were hospitalized when a parking structure they were working on at Berkman Plaza collapsed. CSS Firm is representing 5 of these individuals, all of whom sustained serious, long-term injuries in a lawsuit seeking compensation from the contractors and subcontractors who operated the project for their alleged gross negligence which lead to the collapse.

Just a few weeks before Christmas, in December 2007, a construction worker was killed when the parking garage structure he was working on collapsed. Another 18 were hospitalized after the calamity and five sustained serious, long-term injuries. The law firm of Childers, Schlueter & Smith today announced it is seeking justice for workers who suffered serious injuries in the collapse.

According to trauma surgeon Dr. Joan Huffman, "The patients were somewhat in emotional shock. They were covered with dirt and concrete. They were frightened." Rescue teams searched the rubble, but were unable to find 26-year-old worker Willie Edwards III’s body until two days later.

More than two years after the collapse, court battles argue over the true cause of the collapse. Formwork subcontractor Southern Pan Services is fighting $132,500 in Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) fines, alleging the collapse resulted from the removal of temporary supports on the building's lower floors.

According to builder Choate’s superintendant on the job, Greg Roberts, the designer’s plans were delivered incomplete and often provided conflicting directions on how construction should be performed. Based on recordings provided by Roberts to the attorney for Willie Edwards III, he told Choate about the problems and the company chose to ignore them. However, OSHA absolved Choate for any wrongdoing, even after release of the recordings.

The suits, filed on behalf of workers Olvin Martinez (Civil Action 10A27706-2), Santos Ramirez (Civil Action 10A27708-2), Enrique Sierra (Civil Action 10A27707-2) and Ryan Thornhill (Civil Action 10A27709-2) in the State Court of Dekalb County, State of Georgia, seeks compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering for the Plaintiffs, plus punitive damages for the alleged gross negligence of the contractors and subcontractors working on the building.

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 Berkman Plaza collapse or to learn more about Childers, Schlueter & Smith, call toll free at 1-800-641-0098 or visit

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