Update on weekend Soddy-Daisy deck collapse
SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. (WDEF) – It was a horrifying scene at Zoi’s Restaurant in Harbor Lights Marina, as a birthday party holding over 40 people on the restaurants outdoor deck collapsed beneath them.
Management at Zoi’s Restaurant wasn’t available for comment today, but questions linger about Hamilton County Attorney Rheuben Taylor’s claims that they did not have a permit for their deck.
“If they put something up like that without a permit that’s going to also assume that there wasn’t inspections done to see if it was put together properly, which will also lend to the issue of whether or not it was done negligently,” says local attorney, Robin Flores.
Flores tells News 12 that those involved could be entitled to compensation, but there are some ways that the defendants could avoid paying.
“You have a possibility that these three possible sets of defendants could bankrupt out, either a discharge on a Chapter 7 or a restructuring under a Chapter 11 or Chapter 13. You have 11 people who may have no ability to recover.”
While the full extent of the damage is not yet known, Hamilton County Building Codes was on scene this afternoon inspecting the deck to find the cause of the collapse.
While 11 patients were transported to the hospital, 2 of them were in critical condition. The updated condition of these patients is still unknown at this time.