Liability in Apartment Fires

Last week, an apartment fire in Aurora, Colo. claimed the lives of two people and injured 15 others. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire. However, if it had been an act of negligence on the part of the property owners, the residents would have certain legal rights.

Resident Rights and Landlord Negligence

If the landlord did not make the proper repairs or security precautions necessary to prevent a fire, he or she could be held liable for burn injuries or property damages that result from the fire. This could include:

  • Poor wiring
  • Poor security that allows criminals to enter the premises
  • Faulty fire alarms
  • Lack of fire extinguishers
  • Fire hazards, such as blocked hallways or exits
  • No timely response to a resident complaint about a fire hazard

Other Negligent Parties

In an apartment or residential fire, the landlord might not bear sole responsibility. Other parties could be liable for death or injuries, such as:

  • The property management company
  • The construction company that built the residence
  • Any electricians who made repair/installation errors
  • Any manufacturers of faulty fire detection/prevention devices
  • Any maintenance companies and contractors

Remember, even if you did not purchase renter’s insurance, you still have rights in the case of an apartment fire. If you suffered burn injuries or the loss of a loved one due to a fire, talk to us. We understand if you are overwhelmed with emotions, bills and important decisions. We can help you sort it out. For a no-charge consultation, call us at (866) 377-3800 and visit our website to learn more about premises liability.

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