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Bresette family sues airport contractors after flight display collapse at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport

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The family of a boy killed in a March sign collapse at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has filed a lawsuit against the contractors responsible for the airport's terminal renovation project.

Ryan and Heather Bresette of Overland Park, Kansas, filed a lawsuit today in Jefferson County circuit court against Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Inc.; Bloc Global Services Group, LLC; KPS Group, Inc.; Khafra Engineering Consultants, Inc.; A.G. Gaston Construction Company, Inc.; Saber Construction, Inc.; Fish Construction, Inc; Monumental Contracting Service, LLC; Intersystems USA Incorporated and other fictitious parties who may have been responsible for the design, engineering, construction, support, alteration or installation of the MUFIDS.

The lawsuit includes bodily injury, pain and suffering, and wrongful and avoidable death of Luke Bresette; Ryan Bresette's loss of consortium; personal injury to Heather, Samuel and Tyler Bresette; infliction of emotional distress against Ryan, Anna, and Joseph Bresette; and  "negligent, willful and/or wanton conduct, breach of warranty and breach of Alabama Extended Manufacturer's Liability Doctrine" against Brasfield & Gorrie, BLOC, KPS Group, KHAFRA, A.G. Gaston, Saber, Fish Construction, Monumental, Intersystems and other fictitious parties that may have been involved.

According to the lawsuit, modifications were made to the MUFIDS units including replacing plywood with medium-density fiberboard, which increased weight in the top-front of the unit, reduction of the size of the base, and adding a footrest.

"All Defendants knew or should have known that the flawed design, the improper modifications, and the failure to secure or anchor the free standing MUFIDS would result in instability and a foreseeable risk of fatal danger to the general public who would be utilizing the airport concourse," the lawsuit states.

Court documents also state that "defendants had numerous conversations with each other about concerns that the units were not stable in a freestanding manner." 

Three of the units were anchored to walls, ceilings or floors, but one was left free standing. That unit was the one that fell onto Luke, Heather, Samuel and Tyler Bresette on March 22.

A specific dollar amount was not given in court documents.

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