Then, with their state claims settled, numerous victims of the MN bridge collapse moved on to seeking compensation from contractors who had advised the state or worked on the bridge. Much of that legal action is still ongoing.
And this month has brought action between the state and its contractors.
URS then filed its reponse to the suit, countering that Minesota's Department of Transportation was in fact the negligent party. URS alleges that MnDOT refused, over cost concerns, to properly retrofit the bridge prior to the collapse. It also claims that MnDOT never contradicted URS's stated assumptions that the gusset plates were properly designed to begin with, which they were not, according to post-collapse studies.
The suit seeks $37 million in compensation, which would just about cover the state's settlement with the victims of the MN bridge collapse. The federal government footed the $234 million cost of building the replacement bridge.
- Engineering firm fires back in state's I-35W bridge collapse lawsuit (twincities.com)
- Resources on Minnesota Issues: Minneapolis Interstate 35W Bridge Collapse (Minn. legislature)
- Families struggling, 2 years after Minn. collapse (AP via Google)
- Wrongful Death - An Overview (provided by the Law Offices of Elliott Kanter A PC)
- Wrongful Death Compensation (provided by the Small Law Firm)