Burg Simpson Shareholder in Panel Discussion Regarding the Building Collapse in Surfside, Florida
In July 2021, Burg Simpson shareholder, Diana Sada, a construction defects attorney based in Florida, was invited to participate in two panel discussions regarding the recent building collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, FL. The meetings were held in Fort Myers and Naples, where participants discussed the importance of building maintenance. Panel participants also included engineers, general counsel attorneys, condominium association managers, and insurance providers.
In her presentation, Ms. Sada stressed the importance of looking for signs of potential defects before they begin to cause further damage. She cited water intrusion near windows, cracks or spalling in the stucco or cement, water stains, pools of water, and reoccurring maintenance issues within the home. She further stated the importance of contacting professional experts such as the association’s general counsel, engineers, and construction defects lawyers immediately when any of these issues arise.
During her presentation, Ms. Sada identified important questions that potential homebuyers should ask. Homeowners have the right to inspect the building’s records, including finances and repair work, and should know the age of the building, the date of the last inspection, and a list of repair work that has been scheduled. During these meetings, panel participants also discussed the building’s reserve fund, Florida Statutes 718.504(21)(c) and 718.112(2)(f), reserves for capital expenditures, and the deferred maintenance that must be included in the proposed annual budget. Additionally, panel members addressed the 40-year Building Safety Inspection Program and the importance of conducting structural and electrical safety inspections for buildings every 10 years for buildings that are 40 years old or older.
The collapse of Champlain Towers South was a tragedy that devastated an entire community and we will not know the causes of the collapse until after a comprehensive investigation by the city, state, local, and federal officials. Burg Simpson offers our deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones.
About Shareholder Diana Sada
Diana Sada started her legal career in Central Florida, where she focused exclusively on representing homeowners and condominium associations in construction-defect litigation. Before joining Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, Ms. Sada was a trial lawyer in both the civil and criminal arenas where she conducted numerous jury trials and tirelessly represented many clients and victims in and out of the courtroom. Ms. Sada heads Burg Simpson’s Florida construction defect group, where she applies her formidable skills by helping homeowners tackle the challenges they face against builders, developers, and various contractors.
Since joining Burg Simpson, Ms. Sada joined the trial team that secured a $19.48 Million arbitration award in Colorado. Since relocating to FL, Ms. Sada handles Burg Simpson’s FL cases as well as teaches various courses to licensed community managers for continuing education credits all over the State.
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Burg Simpson is a national leader in construction-defect litigation. Our construction defect attorneys have been fighting for the rights of homeowners and homeowner associations for more than 25 years. In 2021, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. was recognized by Best Law Firms® and U.S. News & World Report when they named Burg Simpson’s Construction Defect Department “Metropolitan Tier One,” the highest available ranking.