Articles Posted in Apartment Negligence

Harbison Gardens Apartment Shooting

16-year-old injured in Columbia SC apartment complex shooting. (WIS 10)

Could this shooting have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim?

Local News

Security measures are under scrutiny following the shooting of a 16-year-old boy at a Columbia, SC apartment complex Wednesday night, January 30, 2019.

The Columbia Police Department says the shooting happened around 10 p.m. at “Harbison Gardens Apartments on the 400 block of Columbiana Drive…. A 16-year-old boy was shot in the lower body and taken to a hospital for a non-life threatening injury,” The State is reporting.

According to WIS 10, investigators are reviewing surveillance video from the area and continue to seek additional information regarding the incident.

Our Legal Take

Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, visible surveillance cameras, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Dionisio at the time of the shooting?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the victim may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his injuries.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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DISCLAIMERS: The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

Laura Jean Trawick, 57, Identified as Victim of Apartment Fire off Pritchard Road, Asheville, NC

UPDATE: Laura Jean Trawick, 57, Identified as Victim of Apartment Fire off Pritchard Road, Asheville, NC (WLOS)

UPDATE: WLOS.com has identified Laura Jean Trawick, 57, as the victim of this tragic apartment fire.

Could the death and injuries from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to victims and their families?

Local News

An early morning fire engulfed an Asheville apartment building January 27, 2019. According to FOX CAROLINA “Firefighters arrived at an apartment building off Pritchard Road at 6:30 a.m. in response to a fire. They say the fire was in an advanced stage. Crews took an offensive approach and were able to put out the fire.”

WLOS is reporting “when fire crews searched the apartment, they discovered a victim who had succumbed to their injuries.”  The identity of that victim is unknown at this time.  One other occupant was injured in the fire, and according to WLOS, “The injured person was transported to Mission with life-threatening injuries, and has since been transported to a burn center in Georgia.”  That persons identity is unknown.

The fire remains under investigation.

Our Legal Take

As the fire department continues its investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack emergency evacuation procedures and fire safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.

  • When was the last fire inspection and emergency evacuation drill performed?
  • 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?

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 Asheville apartment complex be found at fault, the victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries. 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.

If anyone has information to share, or if anyone is seeking information regarding this incident, please contact us at 888.842.1616.

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The Murray Law Firm has obtained over $100 million dollars for its Clients, and recently secured a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at CALL NOW: 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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DISCLAIMERS:  The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

Kevin Hugh Moore, Lewis Franklin Humphrey Killed in Greensboro, NC Robbery

Kevin Hugh Moore, Lewis Franklin Humphrey Killed in Greensboro, NC Robbery (NEWS & RECORD)

Could the tragic loss of  Kevin Hugh Moore and Lewis Franklin Humphrey have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims’ families?

Local News

Security measures could come under question after reports of a robbery at a Greensboro apartment claimed the lives of Kevin Hugh Moore and Lewis Franklin Humphrey January, 23, 2019.

According to FOX 8, “Police were called to 703 Summit Avenue Apt 5. At about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday in response to a fire.”  Tragically, Kevin Moore and Lewis Humphrey succumbed to fatal injuries at the scene.

Police have charged a suspect with two counts each of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon and one count each of first-degree arson and kidnapping, the NEWS & RECORD is reporting.

Our Legal Take

Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property?
  • What security measures, such as  fencing, visible surveillance cameras, bright lighting, and security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the incident?

Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the apartment complex owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, the families of Kevin Hugh Moore and Lewis Franklin Humphrey may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for their wrongful deaths.

Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victims’ families retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.

We’ve Recovered Millions for Victims of Apartment Security Negligence…Contact us Now for a Free Consultation.

The Murray Law Firm has an extensive and successful record representing victims of violence and security negligence. We have recovered millions of dollars for our Clients, and recently obtained a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property. We offer our legal assistance, if desired.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover.  Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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DISCLAIMERS: The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.