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Another Personal Injury Lawsuit for Dallas Practice Facility Collapse

In spring of 2009, 60 mph wind gusts collapsed the Dallas Cowboys practice facility. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the 88,000 square foot stadium should have been able to withstand much more forceful winds.

Earlier news reports concluded that design defects were found in the building structure two years before the 2009 collapse but were never fixed. According to personal injury claims filed for two individuals injured in the collapse the Summit Structures LLC, a Pennsylvania company, and its corporate parent, Cover-All Building Systems Inc. were responsible for the insufficient construction of the practice facility.

Dallas attorneys involved in earlier personal injury claims filed by other injured victims claim this tragedy was preventable. It was a “nightmare that should have never occurred.” The individuals who have been injured in this accident have suffered severe and permanent injuries that will require extensive medical care and therapy.

Jancy Briles, a member of the team's public relations staff, also filed a lawsuit on April 29, 2011, adding to the other personal injury claims that have already be settled for more than $35 million for Cowboys scout Rich Behm, who was paralyzed by the falling structure, and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who suffered a fractured neck. Tight end Jamar Hunt has also already won a settlement for his injury that has caused a neck herniation.

Jancy Briles is also suing the companies who were involved in the design and construction of the practice facility. The personal injury claim filed by Jancy Briles claims that she has suffered personal injuries which have left her “disabled and permanently injured.” She has declined to elaborate to the press about the nature of her physical condition, but given that settlements for this accident have already been won, her case, if she can prove injury and loss, may be successful.

Filing a Personal Injury

While you may not have been involved in a injury which is as public as a building collapse, if you have been injured from the negligence of another person or a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation for your personal injuries.

How do you prove your personal injury? First, you must prove that the other person owed you a duty of care. You also must prove that they breached their duty toward you, and it was this breach that was the proximate cause of your injuries. Finally, you must prove that you have suffered actual loss from your personal injuries. If you do not suffer any type of loss, you do not have a personal injury claim.

Accidents can cause serious injuries, constant pain, lost wages or significant medical costs. Devastating injuries can have permanent consequences for your life and your ability to perform daily activities.

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Injuries caused by poorly maintained public spaces such as stairs, poorly constructed buildings or sidewalks are not uncommon. Personal injury lawyers understand that severe injuries can be expensive.

If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence or from a defective product, contact a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury attorneys can review your personal injury or product liability case, hire experts if needed and question witnesses.

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