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Featured 5/02/2024

The Legal Implications of the Baltimore Bridge Collapse

The tragic collapse of Baltimore's Key Bridge on March 26th, 2024, has left a city in mourning and a complex legal situation in its wake. Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. extends our deepest condolences to all those affected by this disaster. 

We understand that many are now facing difficult questions about liability, compensation, and the path forward. We want to explore the legal implications of the bridge collapse, offering insights into potential claims and the ongoing investigation in the most sensitive way possible.

What happened was a tragedy that we are still actively navigating but it is important that we know all the facts before speculating or passing judgment on the situation. 

Key Bridge Collapse Recap

The collapse occurred when the M/V Dali, a massive container ship operated by Synergy Marine Group, struck the Key Bridge. The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FBI. 

The bridge collapse resulted in loss of life, injuries, significant property damage, and ongoing economic disruption for Baltimore City.

Potential Parties Liable

Determining legal liability in this case will likely involve complex maritime law. Here are some potential parties who could be held responsible:

  • Synergy Marine Group: The owner and operator of the M/V Dali could be liable if negligence on the part of the crew is established. This could include factors like speeding, improper navigation, or failure to maintain a proper lookout.
  • Grace Ocean Private Limited: The company that chartered the M/V Dali might share some responsibility depending on the specific terms of the agreement.
  • The City of Baltimore: While less likely, the city could face scrutiny if there are questions raised about bridge maintenance or safety protocols.

Legal Theories for Compensation Claims

Those impacted by the bridge collapse may have legal grounds for compensation through various legal theories. These include:

  • Wrongful Death: Families of those who lost loved ones may pursue wrongful death claims against the liable parties.
  • Personal Injury: Individuals injured in the collapse can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
  • Property Damage: Businesses and individuals who suffered property damage due to the collapse may have claims for repairs or replacements.
  • Business Disruption: Businesses impacted by the closure of the bridge and economic disruptions may have legal recourse.

The Ongoing Investigation

The NTSB and FBI investigations are crucial for determining the cause of the accident and identifying those responsible. The findings of these investigations will significantly shape the legal landscape for potential compensation claims.

Importance of Legal Representation

The legal aftermath of the bridge collapse will be complex. Individuals and businesses navigating potential claims are strongly advised to seek legal representation from experienced personal injury or maritime law attorneys. An attorney can help understand your rights, gather evidence, navigate legal processes, and fight for maximum compensation.

Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A.

Schlachman, Belsky, Weiner & Davey, P.A. has a proven track record of representing clients in complex personal injury and maritime law cases. We understand the emotional and financial hardships faced by victims of accidents. If you have been impacted by the Key Bridge collapse, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation. We can answer your questions and discuss your legal options.

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