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Personal Injury Suit Filed In Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility Collapse

Published January 4, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

The Dallas Morning News reports a new lawsuit by a personal trainer has been filed against the Dallas Cowboys and other companies owned by Jerry Jones for negligence and conspiracy to hide design and construction flaws resulting in the collapse of the practice facility in 2009. Summit Structures LLC and Cover-All Building Systems, Inc. – companies in charge of designing and building the structure – are also being sued.

Gabriel Hicks suffered injuries to his back, neck, and shoulder when the facility collapsed and a beam fell on him causing him continued pain and the need for physical therapy for back issues.

A National Institute of Standards and Technology report concluded Summit’s engineering errors contributed to the 86-foot–tall Irving collapse during a thunderstorm. The lawsuit claims that if reviews of the plans and calculations by outside engineers had been allowed by the Jones entities, the errors would have been found before the May 2, 2009 collapse.

About 12 of the 70 people inside the facility at the time of the collapse were injured as they tried to escape.

Two other lawsuits by team employees – one who was paralyzed below the waist – were settled for a collective $34 million.

If you have been injured due to the actions or negligence of another, Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, can help. Experience counts. Call us today at 1-800-825-5529 or visit our web site. Our offices are located in Binghamton, Elmira, Rochester, Syracuse, and Watertown, N.Y. There is no case-review cost.

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