Could the injuries from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A fire engulfed a Jacksonville, Florida apartment building Tuesday night, July 23, 2019, leaving multiple people injured and tenants searching for housing.
According to ActionNewsJax.com, “Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department…responded to an apartment fire in the 4200 block of Moncrief Road on Tuesday around 8:30 p.m.”
All of building G at Calloway Cove was damaged in the fire, according to the report.
Seven people were injured in fire. Jacksonville.com is reporting, “four of the seven sent to hospitals were in critical condition Tuesday night, the others in stable condition.”
The Complex was inspected by the State Fire Marshal’s Office on Friday, July 26, and according to News4Jax.com, “[t]here were eight noted fire code violations in the inspection, including a failure to provide appropriate carbon monoxide monitoring and installation in the complex, and failure to provide working smoke detectors throughout the facility.
The state fire marshal has not determined the official cause of the fire according to the media reports.
Our Legal Take
As the state fire marshal continues its investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.
- What fire safety measures, such as working smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and emergency exits, were in place and working at the time of the fire?
- When was the last fire inspection performed on the property?
- Were any safety measures added after any previous inspections?
- Was the property owner aware of any inadequate fire safety measures present prior to the fire?
As details of this fire continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the apartment complex failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents and guests legally on the premises. Under certain State law, the owner and management company of an apartment complex have a duty to protect residents and to keep the premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur as a consequence. Should the apartment complex be found at fault, the victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries and suffering. Financial recovery for such a claim could be substantial.
As insurance companies and unscrupulous property owners are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that the victims retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty fire alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and the victims best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and apartment negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
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