Law firms begin considering compensation - previous victims of collapse awarded $12m
As grieving families and the injured struggle in the aftermath of the Berkeley balcony collapse, a number of American law firms have already begun considering possible compensation claims down the line.
While for most the focus remains intently on the survivors and bringing the victims home for burial, some American legal firms have flagged the incident on their websites.
One such firm, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, claims on its website that it is investigating the balcony collapse.
The firm, which is based on the San Francisco Peninsula, states that it engages "exclusively in litigation and trials".
The firm also lists a number of other balcony collapse cases that it has handled, pointing to a number of similar incidents in the San Francisco area.
In one such case, the firm represented 13 individuals in connection with a balcony collapse in 1998.
The victims were at a party in a San Francisco building when the incident occurred.
The jury awarded over $12.3m to the victims, finding against the property manager and landlord.
CPM states that the case and $12m verdict "brought attention to the high rate of balcony collapses in the Bay Area".
The law firm went on to give details of three other cases where it claimed "significant damages" for victims of balcony collapses.
The building where this week's accident occurred, Library Gardens Apartments, is owned an investment fund and managed by the Houston-based Greystar.
Greystar manages more than 400,000 apartments around the country, including some in Berkeley.