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.
More than two years later, the court argument surrounds what the true cause of the collapse was. Formwork subcontractor Southern Pan Services claims it was due to the removal of temporary supports from the lower floors of the building. Others blame the general contractor Choate Construction Company and additional subcontractors involved in the project. Allegations range from failing to follow building code, laws, regulations and industry standards to failing to properly evaluate and implement job site safety measures.
Richard Schlueter of the law firm of Childers, Schlueter & Smith is seeking justice for five workers who suffered serious injuries in the collapse. The suits, filed on behalf of workers Randall King, 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 gross negligence of the contractors and subcontractors working on the building.