Apartment or Hotel Fire Injury Claims Lawyer
When a fire occurs in an apartment building or hotel, many lives are in danger. Living spaces sharing the same interior and exterior walls can quickly become engulfed in flames. Not only can these multiple-dwelling fires destroy property, they can cause injuries and deaths. Many times, these fires could have been prevented by the business owner with improved safety measures and building maintenance.
When you rent an apartment or a hotel room, you must trust the owner to provide a safe environment. You do not have control over the building maintenance, safety standards or the construction. Property owners, especially commercial property, must maintain safe buildings, including fire prevention. When fires occur that are caused by poor maintenance, the building owner may be liable for injuries and damages to the tenants of the building.
Causes Of Apartment and Hotel Fires
Some apartment building or hotel fires can be caused by tenants. Cooking errors, candles and other accidents can start fires in one hotel room or apartment, spreading to the other dwellings in the building. However, there are also many fires that are ignited by maintenance and construction issues that are the responsibility of the building owner. These include electrical malfunctions, appliance malfunctions and heating elements. Laundry rooms can be a danger zone in hotels and apartment buildings, initiating fires from poorly maintained equipment. Even if a tenant starts a fire, it may be the responsibility of the building owner to provide adequate fire prevention and protection with sprinklers and extinguishers.
Injuries from apartment or hotel fires can vary from respiratory issues from smoke inhalation and burns to a tragic loss of life. Building owners may be liable for medical care for injuries, lost income and other expenses caused by a negligent fire. If you have been the victim of a hotel or apartment building fire in Georgia, contact Dwayne L. Brown at our law firm in Atlanta to discuss your legal options.