The four defendants and one other victim were transported to the hospital around
Those who were stuck in the elevator were uninjured and freed without incident. Those who fell from the balcony were reported by the Herald, soon after the mishap, to be in stable condition at the hospital. The extent of their injuries remains unclear still today.
A representative from the city building inspections department on Friday declined to comment on the investigation into the collapse, citing pending litigation. But in June, following the incident, city inspector
Apartment buildings are inspected every five years by the city, but metal sheeting would have prevented inspectors from seeing the structural problems on the balcony, Franklin said in June.
The lawsuit alleges the balcony did not have adequate siding and flashing materials to prevent water infiltration from occurring at the support points. The lawsuit also alleges contractors used untreated and inadequate wood supports, failed to have supporting structures made of materials other than wood, and made other errors that led to the balcony's collapse.
A number of other defendants also are accused of failing to adequately ensure the balconies were maintained safely. Those businesses include
All four plaintiffs are being represented by
According to the complaint, the defendants suffered "permanent and severe physical injuries" and will continue to suffer "grievous mental distress and anguish, bodily pain and discomfort, humiliation and loss of enjoyment of life." The plaintiffs also incurred significant medical bills and lost wages, and as a result of the balcony collapse, their earnings capacity will be damaged, the complaint says.
Hylden and Anderson both received hospital liens from Altru in the months following the balcony collapse.
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