Sometimes the gears of the legal system turn slowly, taking years or even decades to bring justice to those who deserve it. After ten years of waiting, the families and loved ones of those who died in a bonfire collapse might finally have closure.
The final wrongful death lawsuit for the Texas A&M University bonfire inched its way to being resolved when an appeal from the Zachry Construction Corp was dismissed by the Texas Supreme Court at the end of November, 2009. This has been a long road to justice since the lawsuit was filed almost eight years ago.
Our firm’s wrongful death lawyers know from experience that corporations could be held liable for personal injury and loss of life when they create dangerous situations with fire and have lots of people around that hazards. Zachry Construction – the company responsible for building of the bonfire stack – attempted to include Texas A&M on the jury verdict form so the school would be in a position to absolve some of liability for the accident. Together with Scott-Macon – another company named in the wrongful death lawsuit, Zachry is trying to lower the amount of money they will have to pay.
However, the Supreme Court called attention to the fact that Texas A&M has already settled with family members for $2.1 million in May of 2009. We could be wrong, but it appears that Texas A&M cannot be held liable for anymore personal injury damages since it has already paid out money to the parties.
There are lawsuits still pending from a total of seven different families – four from those who’s members experienced a wrongful death and three from families of injured persons — that were consolidated into one case in a Brazos County court. Our wrongful death lawyers hope that they can find justice and closure through these suits. Though they know that no amount of money can ever replace a loved one, we feel they should be given the maximum amount of compensation for the emotional turmoil this incident has created.
Please feel free to call us now at 1-800-655-6585 or you can click here for a free consultation with an experienced wrongful death lawyer. We have a large bilingual staff that can assist you in either English or Spanish. No fee if no recovery.