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The announcement came as a surprise to the trial judge.
Survivors and relatives of the victims of the Champlain Towers South condominium crash at Surface in Florida, where 98 people died nearly a year ago, have reached a legal agreement to receive $ 997 million in compensation for the damage caused.
The deal, which was revealed in a court hearing on Wednesday, is still pending final approval, and includes the owners of the apartment in the building and the insurance companies, developers of the nearby building and other participants in the case.
The deal comes weeks before the tragedy’s first anniversary 98 people were killed On June 24, 2021, the 12-story residential area collapsed.
The remaining building was demolished a few weeks later.
Michael Hansman, a judge in the Miami-Tate County Circuit Court, said: “I’m surprised by this decision, and I think it’s wonderful.
“It simply came to our notice then Compensation This is more than I expected“, He added.
The victims’ lawyers warned that compensation would be even higher if the rest of the company was contracted. It is not yet known what the proper distribution of money will be between all lawyers.
Prior to the announcement, the judge had agreed to pay $ 83 million in damages to the apartment owners for the loss of their property.
But so far no compensation has been paid to the families of the victims, which sparked controversy at the March hearing when different positions were clashed between those who lost their homes and those who lost their loved ones.
The settlement amount was increased after the builders of the luxury building adjacent to the collapsed residential complex and the contractors and consultants who were prosecuted or prosecuted for the alleged liability in the incident signed.
Defendant warned that the agreement did not imply acknowledgment of negligence.
Some relatives of the victims spoke to the local media and expressed their relief at the announcement of the deal, however they agreed. No amount of money can compensate for the pain of losing your loved ones.
The land where the building was located will be auctioned off on May 24.
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