Injury Cases Involving Negligent Fire Safety Require Experienced Premises Liability Attorneys
Let our landlord liability lawyers in New York City examine your case
The legal obligation of landlords to keep their properties free from hazards extends to fire safety. If a landlord fails to put proper safety measures in place to protect tenants from the dangers of fire, the landlord is liable for resulting injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in a New York City fire and you suspect fire safety negligence played a part in the case, contact Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC to talk to our experienced landlord liability lawyers in New York City, New York.
Common types of fire safety negligence
In New York City, numerous laws mandate the fire prevention measures landlords must take for apartment buildings:
- Landlords must install, maintain and regularly inspect smoke detectors, fire alarms and other types of fire protection equipment.
- Landlords must follow certain building codes to limit the dangers of apartment buildings catching fire in the first place and to ensure occupants have access to fire exits if they do.
- Landlords must inspect fire exits routinely to ensure they are in working order and accessible.
- Overcrowding is also regulated in apartments and apartment buildings to ensure that fire exits and fire protection equipment are sufficient for the number of occupants.
Violating any regulation regarding the installation and maintenance of fire protection equipment could leave a landlord open to a premises liability lawsuit.
Fire injuries come in many forms
Personal injury attorneys understand that injuries from fires can be serious and of several types. Burns are generally divided into the following categories:
- First degree.Affects mainly the skin. Red and painful. Equivalent to sunburn without blisters, but may still require hospitalization for pain control and possibly fluid imbalance
- Second degree.Blistering. More painful and severe than first-degree burns. May require skin grafts
- Third degree.All layers of skin destroyed. Painless, as nerves have been destroyed. Requires serious medical attention
- Fourth degree.Extend into muscle and bone
Proving fire safety negligence
In a case involving fire safety negligence, you need to prove that:
- The landlord was aware of the negligent safety condition.
- The landlord failed to resolve the condition in a timely fashion.
- The neglected condition directly caused your injury.
- You suffered financial damages as a result of your injury.
If we believe you do not have a valid claim based on any of the above criteria, we tell you at the outset, rather than waste your time and raise your hopes unnecessarily. But if Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC believes you have a valid case, we offer dedicated, tenacious representation to recover the compensation you rightly deserve.
Contact our experienced fire safety attorneys if you suspect landlord negligence played a role in your case
Landlords and property managers are bound by law to keep their buildings as free from fire hazards as possible. If you or someone you love has been harmed in a New York City fire, contact the attorneys at Segan, Nemerov & Singer, PC and arrange a free consultation to determine if landlord negligence applies to your case. You can contact us online or at (212) 696-9100.