Apartment fires injure thousands of people throughout the State of New York every year and leave many more homeless. A lot of these incidents can be attributed to causes beyond the building managementâ€™s control, such as negligent residents leaving burning candles unattended, smoking in bed, and other careless activities. Other mishaps, however, could have been prevented if landlord diligence had been stronger.
Below are some examples of dangerous negligence or oversights that can cause a major apartment building fire:
- Failure to repair old or faulty wiring, which can burst into flames if overheated.
- Failure to install and maintain functioning smoke detectors in individual units and throughout the apartment complex
- Fire escapes that are inaccessible, in poor shape, and otherwise not up-to-code
- Emergency exit routes that are poorly lit and/or blocked by garbage and debris
- Improper installation and maintenance of gas and electric stoves, radiators, furnaces and similar appliances within apartment units.
- Security bars over windows and doors that prevent residents inside the building from using them as emergency escape routes
- Unsafe storage of flammable chemicals and liquids
New York building and fire codes both state that landlords are legally obligated to take reasonable steps to prevent and detect fires as well as provide residents with a means of escaping safely if a blaze does break out. Some property managers, however, cut corners as much as possible in order to maximize their profits and fail to address known fire hazards properly. When this happens, New York premises liability law takes effect.
If you are injured in an apartment fire due to a code violation or unsafe condition, then you have the right to demand full compensation from the property owner. Examples of injuries caused in apartment fires include:
- Severe burns
- Smoke inhalation
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones and torn muscles
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Wrongful death
If you or someone you love has suffered burn injuries and other types of serious harm in an apartment fire, then contact a New York personal injury attorney immediately. Your attorney will review police and fire department reports, assemble the medical evidence that documents the full extent of your injuries, and represent you as you seek compensation for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Rehabilitative costs
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium (if you lost someone in the fire)
While nothing can undo your painful and devastating experience, a New York personal injury attorney with a strong background in premises liability cases can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to and send the message that unsafe buildings and serious code violations will incur serious penalties. Jayson Lutzky is an attorney that represents clients in the Greater New York City area. Mr. Lutzky has over 33 years of experience and offers free in-person consultations. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a consultation and visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more about Mr. Lutzkyâ€™s firm.