$860 Million

History-Making Verdict After Fatal Crane Accident

Case Description

Arnold & Itkin represented the mother of Kiersten Smith, a young woman who died when a crane collapsed onto her apartment building. The defendants spent four years pointing fingers instead of taking responsibility, only for their strategy to crumble in front of the jury’s eyes.

On June 8, 2019, Kiersten Smith was making dinner with her fiancé at home in East Dallas when a crane collapsed into her apartment building. It landed directly in her living room, robbing her of a future and her parents of a beloved daughter.

The chief wrongdoer in this case, a real estate developer named Greystar, failed to secure the crane properly in response to a storm forecast. As a result, the winds pushed the crane over into the apartment building across the street. However, rather than take responsibility, Greystar blamed the crane operator and owner. They played delay games with a grieving mother instead of addressing the loss they caused.

After nearly four years, our firm took Greystar to court. In the end, the jury saw through the company’s tactics and awarded our client a record-breaking $860 million verdict.

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