Three people, including two young children and their grandmother, died in an apartment fire in their West Covina apartment at Rollingwood Apartments on the 1900 block of East Amar Road. The fire was reported shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, March
When fire crews and police arrived at the scene, they found flames and heavy smoke coming from one apartment unit. Many residents of the other surrounding units were evacuated. It took the fire department approximately 15 minutes to extinguish the flames.
According to neighbors, they attempted to enter the apartment to save the victims, but the flames were simply too intense for them to enter safely. Neighbors also attempted to put out the fire before the fire department arrived.
According to reports, two other apartments sustained smoke damage associated with the incident. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The victims were a 3-month-old girl, a 3-year-old boy, and their grandmother, whose age was not disclosed.
This is an unfortunate incident that highlights the importance of fire safety in apartment complexes. Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, it is important to note that these incidents are often avoidable.
If you suffered injuries or a loved one lost his or her life in a fire, you could have the right to file a lawsuit. For more information about the legal options available to you, it is important that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm immediately. Our lawyers have decades of experience and are more than ready to fight for your rights and help you recover the compensation that you are owed.
The Dangers of Fires in Apartment Complexes
Without a doubt, fires can pose a significant risk of injury to anyone in the unit that is on fire and anyone is surrounding units. In apartment buildings and complexes, fires can spread alarmingly fast and cause rampant damage. Burn injuries, smoke inhalation injuries, injuries from falling objects (like collapsing walls, ceilings, beams, etc.), respiratory injuries, etc. are some examples of the physical harm that could result from fires. Of course, mental and emotional injuries are also likely – including post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, etc. We cannot forget to mention property damage. Residents of apartment buildings can lose thousands of dollars in personal belongings, including electronics, work equipment, clothing, shoes, jewelry, family heirlooms, etc.
Common Causes of Fires in Apartment Complexes
There are many possible causes of fires – some could be the fault of residents and some can be the fault of negligent landlords. Most people are familiar with fire risks, like lighting candles in drafty areas, lighting candles near curtains or other fabrics, leaving small appliances like hair tools on and near fabric or other flammable materials, etc. However, these are not the only possible causes of fires at apartments. Many people forget that dangerous conditions could exist in these apartments that could ultimately increase the risk of fire. Some of these potentially dangerous conditions include the following: appliances in disrepair, overheating appliances, faulty electric sockets, faulty electric wiring, etc. In addition, another risk factor to consider is that some of these apartments may not be equipped with working fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, etc.
Can I File a Lawsuit?
If the fire was caused by the negligence of the landlord that essentially failed to keep the rental safe for residents, then affected parties could sue the landlord. This is because landlords have a duty to keep their apartments safe and habitable for tenants.
Can I sue if I was injured in a fire? Yes – you could sue your landlord if you were injured in a fire that was could be associated with the landlord’s negligence.
Can I sue if a member of my family died in a fire? Yes – you could sue your landlord for wrongful death if a member of your family died in a fire that could be associated with the landlord’s negligence.
For more information about your right to file a claim, contact the experts here at our law firm today. Our lawyers are more than ready to help you understand the legal options available to you and your family after a fire in your apartment complex.
Can I Recover Compensation?
Yes – you could be eligible to recover compensation for the harm that you or a loved one suffered in a fire at an apartment complex. Based on the details surrounding the incident, claimants could be eligible to recover compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal fees
For more information about the compensation that you could recover, including the possible value of your claim, contact our firm today. Our lawyers are ready to fight for your rights and help you recover the highest recovery available for your claim. It doesn’t matter whether our lawyers have to negotiate a settlement or take your claim to trial to reach a verdict – our lawyers will do whatever is necessary to ensure that you recover the payout that you are owed.
File Your Claim on Time
In California, all personal injury claims – including fire injury claims and wrongful death claims – are subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants fail to file their claims on time, they can lose their right to file a lawsuit. So, how long do you have to sue? Whether you are filing an injury claim or a wrongful death claim, you have two years to sue under California law. For more information about the time that you have to file your claim, contact us at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are more than ready to help you file your claim on time.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
We are a personal injury law firm with decades of experience handling all sorts of injury claims – always dedicated to getting our clients the best recovery available for their claims. Whether you are filing an injury claim or a wrongful death claim, our lawyers can help you. Our team is ready to take on the negligent landlord or any other liable party or entity. Our experts will be available to guide you every step of the way and fight for your rights until you are awarded the settlement that you are owed.
Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, we are dedicated to remaining accessible to all, so we offer free legal services. These include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our expert lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns, always ensuring that you have access to absolutely all the information that you need to begin or continue your case. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.
We offer a Zero-Fee guarantee, meaning that our clients will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees for any of our legal services. In addition, we work on contingency; therefore, our clients will never be required to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win your claim, you simply will not be responsible for paying anything.
If you are ready to speak to our fire injury and wrongful death lawyers, contact us today.