Relatives of the victims and those injured in the collapse of an apartment building in Surfside, near Miami (Florida) will receive compensation of at least $150 million, reported on Wednesday, July 21, Fox News TV channel, citing the decision of the Court of Miami-Dade County.
According to the publication, $50 million will pay victims of the insurance of the fallen building Champlain Towers in Surfside, another $100 million – their expected proceeds from the sale of lost real estate.
“The primary concern of the court is always the victims. Their rights will be protected,” the network quoted Judge Michael Huntzman as saying.
It is noted that the specified amount of compensation will not include possible payments from the numerous lawsuits filed by relatives since late June. All the motions will be gathered in a single class action, which will be considered by the court separately.
The collapse of a 12-story apartment building in U.S. Surfside occurred on the night of June 24. The next day U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Florida.
As of Wednesday, July 21, the death toll from the residential building collapse in Surfside rose to 97. The fate of 12 people remains unknown.
Causes of the incident are being determined.