Could the death and injuries of these Orlando apartment residents 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.
One person is dead and one other person was injured at an apartment complex in Orlando, FL on Saturday evening, January 23, 2021.
As reported by Fox35Orlando.com, “[t]he Orlando Fire Department said Saturday that hazmat crews were sent to an apartment complex due to a gas leak causing elevated levels of carbon monoxide.”
ClickOrlando.com is reporting, “[o]ne person has died and another was hospitalized after a gas leak at the Jackson Court Apartments.”
According to the report, “[a]fter elevated carbon monoxide readings, 36 units were evacuated.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our Legal Take
As the fire department continues its investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of emergency procedures and safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.
- When was the last gas and utility inspection performed?
- When were carbon monoxide detectors last inspected and updated?
- What safety measures, such as working carbon monoxide detectors and frequent utility inspections, were implemented by the apartment complex owner prior to this incident?
As details of this tragedy continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the apartment complex owners or managers failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents and guests legally on the premises. By 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 owner or management of the apartment complex be found at fault, the family of the deceased victim, and any other inured parties, may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss. Financial recovery for such claims 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 family of the deceased victim retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty carbon monoxide alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and the family’s 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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