PRESS RELEASE – Dallas Jury Awards $860 Million Verdict in Collapsed Crane Case

A Dallas jury has awarded more than $860 million to the family and estate of Kiersten Smith who died tragically when a construction crane collapsed on the Elan City Light’s apartment community. At trial, lawyers for the family argued that the crane had been left in a rigid position during a windstorm and not allowed to “weather vane,” or point into the wind, like dozens of other construction cranes in Dallas that survived the same windstorm without incident.

Smith’s family is represented by attorneys Michael Lyons of Lyons & Simmons, LLP, Jonathon Clark of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers, and Jason Itkin of Arnold & Itkin who have issued the following joint statement:


“The defendants Greystar and Gabriella Tower tried to deny their obvious responsibility for this preventable deadly tragedy, and we are grateful to the jury for holding them accountable and granting a punitive verdict that sends a message that says big companies cannot afford to be reckless with people’s lives.”


Glasheen, Valles & Inderman Injury Lawyers is a personal injury law firm that focuses on cases involving catastrophic injuries and death. The law firm has offices in Austin, Lubbock, El Paso, Odessa and Albuquerque.