May 5, 2023 — A jury in Texas has awarded $860 million to the family of a woman who died in 2019 when a crane collapsed in Dallas.
The women, 29-year old Kiersten Smith, was killed in June 2019 when a crane collapsed onto her apartment complex during a thunderstorm in Old East Dallas. Five other people were injured.
The crane was being used at a construction site next door to build another apartment building.
Smith’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Greystar Development and Construction LLC, a multi-billion dollar global real estate development company.
Attorneys for Greystar argued that it was not responsible, but rather the crane and its operator, Bigge Crane and Rigging.
In the end, the jury found Greystar negligent for failing to inspect the crane, using a crane with rusty bolts, and installing a sign on top of the crane in violation of OSHA standards.
Bigge Crane was not found to be responsible for the collapse.
The jury ordered Greystar to pay $860 million to Smith’s family, which was $160 million more than what the family had requested.
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