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.
The Irish Immigration Pastoral Centre in San Francisco has set up an online account to raise funds for the students affected by this tragedy and to assist the immediate needs of their families.
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.
The fact that San Francisco International Airport was lit up with blue and gold, the Golden State Warrior's colours, as devastated parents and siblings were touching down from Dublin is a particularly chilling juxtaposition.
THE builders of the apartment complex where a balcony collapsed, killing six Irish students, paid $3m to settle a lawsuit last year that claimed problems with dry rot and substandard balconies in another complex.
Almost 24 hours after the news of the horrific accident in Berkeley which has robbed us of six of our young people and turned the lives of others completely upside down, I feel like I am drowning in the media coverage which, in reality, is not saying anything new. Because what is there to say?
Hundreds of students, friends and family united in grief as a special mass was held in St Mary's College, Rathmines, in honour of two past pupils who lost their lives in the Berkeley tragedy.
Dozens of friends, colleagues and fellow students of two women who tragically lost their lives after a balcony collapse in the US visited the Foxrock parish church this afternoon to sign a book of condolences that had been laid out.
The news of the appalling tragedy in Berkeley, California, this week struck me first and foremost as a father of two young girls, one of whom is in college. My heart goes out to the families and friends who have suffered such a tragic loss.