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Portland, OR Apartment Explosion Injures One Person.

Portland, OR Apartment Explosion Injures One Person. (KPTV.com)

Could the injuries from this apartment explosion 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.

Local News

An explosion in a Portland, OR apartment building early Wednesday morning, April 15, 2019, left one person injured.

As reported by KPTV.com, “[j]ust after 6:30 a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue crews responded to the 5700 block of Northeast Prescott Street.”

According to the report, “there was an explosion inside one unit and one person suffered severe burns. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment.”

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Our Legal Take

As authorities continue their investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.

  • What safety measures, such as working smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and emergency exits, were in place and working at the time of the explosion?
  • When was the last fire inspection performed on the property?
  • Were any safety measures required to be added after any previous inspections?

As details of this explosion continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the property owner or management 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 complex be found at fault, the victims may elect to hold the owner or 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 victim retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as faulty safety and mechanical equipment or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and the victim’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.

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

Our Results

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

Nancy Powell Found Dead in Henderson, KY Apartment, Children in Serous Condition; High Levels of Carbon Monoxide Reported.

Nancy Powell Found Dead in Henderson, KY Apartment, Children in Serous Condition; High Levels of Carbon Monoxide Reported. (14News.com)

Could the death and injuries of these Henderson 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.

Local News

A woman was found dead and two children were in injured at an apartment in Henderson, Kentucky on Saturday night, November 2, 2019.

As reported by 14News.com, crews from “the Henderson Fire Department…were called around 10 p.m. Saturday to North Elm Street ‘for a medical emergency’…firefighters found a woman and two children in the apartment.”

According to the report, “The Henderson Fire Department says [the woman] was pronounced dead at the scene while the children were taken to Methodist Hospital.”

The Henderson County Coroner’s Office told the media outlet “the woman has been identified as Nancy Powell…preliminary autopsy reports show she did die of carbon monoxide poisoning.”

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 Nancy Powell 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 Nancy Powell 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.

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

Our Results

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.

Six Injured in DeKalb, Illinois Apartment Fire at 808 Ridge Drive.

Six Injured in DeKalb, Illinois Apartment Fire at 808 Ridge Drive. (Stock Photo: MurrayLegal.com)

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.

Local News

A fire engulfed a DeKalb, Illinois apartment building Tuesday night, March 25, 2019, leaving multiple people injured and hundreds of tenants searching for housing.  According to Daily-Chronicle.com, ” fire crews responded to a 10:54 p.m. call for a fire at [an] Apartment complex at 808 Ridge Drive.”  Per the report, the fire is being ruled intentional after crews discovered mattresses were set ablaze in a third-floor common area.  According to the report, “[s]ix people were taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, one with life-threatening injuries.”

Residents at the complex feel that safety measures and equipment are in question at the complex.  As reported by Daily-Chronicle.com, a resident said “three people tried to pull the fire alarms manually and the system did not appear to be working.”  another resident told the news outlet “I didn’t hear the fire alarms going off…I heard somebody banging on my door, that’s what made us get up.”  According to WSPYnews.com, “Police say some people were unable to get out of the building. DeKalb firefighters used ladders to rescue them.” The building was condemned because of the extent of the fire damage, leaving 140 tenants displaced, according to the report.

This is apparently not the first fire incident at the complex.  According to a Daily-Chronicle.com report, the DeKalb City Manager stated  “[t]he…complex has been the scene of multiple arson fires in recent years…and city officials have tried to ramp up security measures in the building despite…lack of action on the property managers’ part.”

 

The fire is being investigated by the DeKalb Police and Fire departments and the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Our Legal Take

As the fire department 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 fires?

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 DeKalb 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.

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

Our Results

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.