Demolition plans for the Hard Rock Hotel site in New Orleans continue, but there are questions about how to preserve evidence while investigators figure out the cause of the collapse. WDSU reports. The companies who worked on the building are facing around 30 lawsuits seeking compensation for their losses. These lawsuits have complicated the removal of the building. Attorneys on both sides have been given a deadline to submit plans on how evidence will be preserved and tested once it has been removed from the site. A third-party engineer will oversee the project and enforce the agreed-upon plan. It is expected that demolition will last until the fall. The mayor wants it down as soon as possible because the building is a hurricane risk and there are still two bodies trapped inside of the 18-storey building. The evidence may do more than decide this case. They could also point toward building code changes that will make future buildings safer. This accident could have been a much worse one had the hotel opened prior to the collapse. Three workers were killed in the incident. The demolition company has received a permit to start with the work. Once the plan is approved by the lawyers, the building can come down and the area will start returning to normal.
New Orleans Wrongful Death News
A case in Colorado reached national news after a family was charged for an ambulance ride despite the ambulance breaking down and killing the patient. WGNO reported on the incident. The family is filing a wrongful death suit against the city. They want to know if it was a true accident or if there was a serious issue with the ambulances or the hospital treating their family member before transport. The ambulance had to go an exceptional distance to Denver. It broke down 120 miles into the trip when a radiator hose started spraying water in the engine compartment. At the time of the break, the patient was stable, but the crew didn’t hand off the patient to a closer ambulance company. Instead, they called out another one so they could keep the same crew. However, the patient died before he could get to the hospital of a heart attack. The family wishes he could have died at a hospital or that one of them could have been with the patient at the time of death. To add insult to injury, the ambulance company charged the family $3000 for the trip. We hope that the family can get the answers they seek and that the cause of the delay is found so that this sort of thing doesn’t happen in the future.
Marine collisions are a complicated area of law, but that doesn’t mean that families cannot receive compensation if they’ve had a loved one injured or killed while serving on a vessel. The site Workboat talks about a lawsuit filed by a family after a crash happened recently on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. On January 26, the RC Creppel was struck by the Cooperative Spirit. Both vessels were large tugboats. The RC Creppel was pushing barges carrying sulfuric acid, one of which leaked after the accident. The RC Creppel sank due to the collision and four crewmembers went overboard. One was found by a passing vessel and rescued, but a search by the Coast Guard did not turn up the missing people. In response to the accident and the failed search, the family of one of the missing crewmembers has filed a lawsuit against the owners and operators of the Cooperative Spirit, ARTCO and Elite Towing. The missing people are now presumed dead. We hope that the family is able to get the answers they need to find closure after this incident, and that they receive substantial compensation. By all accounts, the Cooperative Spirit is the vessel that was at fault. Additionally, the Mississippi River is dangerous for swimming. There are many strong currents and undertows that can make people drown and carry them far from where they fell. The Coast Guard searched over 800 nautical miles of the river before giving up the search.