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.
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.
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