Could the injuries from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.
A fire engulfed a Salem, Virginia apartment building Wednesday morning, November 20, 2019, leaving one woman in critical condition.
As reported by WDBJ7.com, “first responding units arrived within four minutes of a call to an apartment at 121 Rutledge Drive and found a first-floor property on fire.”
According to the report, “[a] woman in the space was found unconscious and removed within seven minutes of the firefighters arriving.”
WSET.com is reporting, “emergency lifesaving CPR began immediately and firefighters were able to get the woman’s pulse back quickly.”
The woman was taken to the hospital by a Salem Fire and EMS ambulance.
The Salem Fire Marshal’s Office “has determined that the fire was caused by improper disposal of smoking materials and said the fire was an accident,” according to the media report.
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 the injuries in 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 victim 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 victim 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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