First Lawsuit Filed in Miami Restaurant Deck Collapse

A couple has filed a lawsuit against Shuckers Bar and Grill after a deck at the North Bay Village restaurant collapsed, sending patrons sprawling into Biscayne Bay. Some 24 people were injured in the collapse. At least two people were critically injured.

The couple’s attorney contends that they were on the deck when it gave way. They claim they both suffered bodily injury, mental anguish and disfigurement. The lawsuit says that the couple also required hospitalization and they both lost income due to their injuries.

The premises liability attorneys at Farah & Farah in Lake City have learned that a 14-page complaint was filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. It alleges that the restaurant had “a duty to properly maintain its property and to warn of dangerous conditions which it had actual constructive knowledge of.” The suit goes on to say that Shuckers had a responsibility to take action to remedy those dangerous conditions.

A North Bay Village Building Official claims that a visual inspection of the deck indicated that concrete had disintegrated around corroded steel pilings under the deck. That same official also signed off on the building’s last inspection in January, even though the state-licensed engineer who inspected the building claims he never inspected the deck because he believed it wasn’t required.

The official later said that he thought that the deck had already been inspected due to a building code requirement that all structures on a property be inspected after 40 years. Reports that the owners had drawn up plans to renovate the deck and then abandoned those plans have also been circulating.

A property owner owes a legal obligation to assure that his or her property is safe. When it comes to premises liability, an invitee is owed the highest duty of care. Examples of invitees include patrons at a store or customers at a restaurant.

If you have been injured on a property, our experienced legal team can let you know if you have a case and what your legal options might be. We have a tremendous track record and will work tirelessly to see that you are fairly compensated for any damages you may have incurred in a premises-related accident.