Austin Apartment Fire Leaves Two People Dead.

Austin Apartment Fire Leaves Two People Dead. (KXAN.com)

Could the deaths from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims families? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

Local News

A fire engulfed an Austin, Texas apartment building early Monday morning, July 15, 2019, leaving two people dead and multiple residents displaced.  According to Statesman.com, “[f]irefighters responded to the Woods on Barton Skyway, in the 2900 block of Barton Skyway, around 4:30 a.m.”  The firefighters had the blaze under control within 30 minutes and began to search through eight apartments that were damaged. According to the report, “[o]fficials first reported that no one was injured, but during a second search of the complex, firefighters looked through areas that had collapsed in the fire and found the bodies of two people…[t]hey were found in the apartment where the fire began.”  According to KXAN.com, “Since 2011, two other major fires have been reported at the complex.” Per the report, the complex was built before sprinklers were a city code requirement.

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 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 apartment complex be found at fault, the families of the victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss. Financial recovery for such a claim could be substantial.

It is crucial that the victims and the families of those who perished 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 their 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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Darrell Simmons Jr. in Critical Condition after St. Pettersburg Convenience Store Parking Lot Shooting.

Darrell Simmons Jr. in Critical Condition after St. Pettersburg Convenience Store Parking Lot Shooting. (Stock Photo: MurrayLegal.com)

Did negligent security contribute to this shooting and are justice and compensation available to the victim? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

LOCAL NEWS

Gunfire erupted Sunday evening, July 14, 2019 at a St. Petersburg, Florida convenience store leaving one man injured.

According to WFLA.com, “[p]olice say around 5:15 p.m. they received a call of a person shot outside of [a] convenien[ce] store located at 1400 18th Ave. South.”  Per the report, the victim was shot in the parking lot.  As reported by TampaBay.com, “Darrell Simmons Jr., 31, was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. He was listed in critical, but stable condition Sunday.”  Two suspects have been arrested according to the media report.

OUR LEGAL TAKE

Convenience store patrons have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises they are visiting. The level of security provided at the property is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented.  The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:

  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near the property?
  • Was there any suspicious activity on the property prior to the shooting?
  • What security measures, such as bright lighting, monitored surveillance cameras, clear windows, and visible security personnel, were in place to deter crime and protect Mr. Simmons at the time of the shooting?

Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises.  Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the property owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its visitors, Darrell Simmons Jr. may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for his injuries.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed.  The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that Darrell Simmons Jr. retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect his interests.

OUR RESULTS: OVER $100 MILLION IN VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS FOR OUR CLIENTS

The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including 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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Apartment Shooting in Dentsville, SC Leaves Two Women Injured.

Apartment Shooting in Columbia, SC Leaves Two Women Injured. (WACH.com)

Did negligent security contribute to the shooting at a Columbia apartment complex and are justice and compensation available to the victims?  Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

LOCAL NEWS

Gunfire erupted at a Columbia, South Carolina apartment complex Friday morning, July 12, 2019, leaving two  women injured.  As reported by WLTX.com, “the shooting happened around 6 a.m. Friday at…Apartments on Willow Oak Drive, which is just off of Highway 277 in Dentsville.”  According to WACH.com, “one victim was shot twice in her upper body, and the other victim was shot once in her upper body and once in her lower body.”  Both victims were taken to a local hospital for their injuries.

A suspect has not been identified according to the media reports.

OUR LEGAL TAKE

Residents and guests of apartment complexes have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The level of security provided at the apartment complex is of significance, and is a relevant consideration when analyzing whether this shooting may have been prevented.  The following questions are also important in assessing whether this incident may have been avoided:

  • What security measures were in place to deter crime and protect the victims at the time of the shooting?
  • Have there been prior incidents of violence on the property, and were any security measures added after any prior incidents?
  • Was the complex aware of any disturbances or suspicious activity prior to the shooting?

Property owners are generally required to protect against foreseeable harm to anyone and everyone legally on the premises.  Should the investigation into this incident reveal facts that establish that the apartment complex owner or management lacked adequate security to protect its residents and visitors, the victims may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims and substantial compensation for their injuries.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive and successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, and suggests that an immediate, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed so as to limit evidence from being altered, damaged or destroyed.  The complexities of pursuing a negligent security case are well understood by the legal team at The Murray Law Firm, and it is imperative that the victims retain a capable law firm who will work without delay to protect their interests.

OUR RESULTS: OVER $100 MILLION IN VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS FOR OUR CLIENTS

The Murray Law Firm has a long history of representing victims of violence and security negligence.  We have obtained over $100 Million in verdicts and settlements for our Clients, including 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.