South Carolina wrongful-death attorneys want Charleston residents to know that the family of one of the fallen firefighters filed a lawsuit against the Sofa Super Store Wednesday, making this lawsuit the 9th and final suit to be filed against the store. The worker was killed in the Sofa Super Store fire that claimed the lives of 9 Charleston County firefighters in June 2007.
His attorney filed the wrongful-death lawsuit in Charleston County alleging that the Sofa Super Store’s negligence was a main contributor to his death. Each of the families of the other fallen firefighters have already filed lawsuits against the store, but the last family wanted to wait until the firefighter’s son was old enough to fully understand what was going on so he could be a part of the case.
The families have reached settlements with several furniture manufacturers totaling $8.4 million dollars. Each family received around $800,000 from the settlement total. A settlement has yet to be reached between the Sofa Super Store and the nine families.
Sofa Super Store’s attorney said that since the fire the store has worked to update and modify the store to ensure that a tragedy, like the 2007 fire, does not recur. The store’s attorney is also arguing that the City of Charleston is blame for the fire as well as the Charleston County Fire Department for the actions taken.
Source: The Post and Courier- “Family of firefighter sues sofa store.”March 18, 2010.