Articles Tagged with Premise Liability

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In a freak accident at the U.S. Capital building, a tree branch fell killing a man who was working on the property.

On April 18th, the victim was working on an irrigation pipe when a branch from an American elm tree broke free and fell onto him. The tree split at the trunk with a four foot diameter section tipping at ground level next to the sidewalk, according to a report. The section of the tree is between 30 and 40 feet in length.

The man was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

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The parents of a University of Missouri student who died two weeks after falling at least two stories from a balcony have reached a $5 million settlement with the property owners.

According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the 19-year-old fell after he leaned against an unsafe second-floor balcony during a party in December 2014. He was found unconscious on the ground directly underneath the balcony. There was no medical evidence of intoxication.

In the lawsuit, the family alleged that the defendants were aware the balcony was defective, but intentionally failed to make repairs because the property was going to be demolished in the near future to make way for a new student housing complex.

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Every business and property owner has a responsibility to maintain their premises so visitors are safe from harm. If you sustain a slip and fall injury on premises owned by someone else, you have the legal right to file a lawsuit for damages. Unfortunately, it can be a long wait before a settlement is reached.  Lawsuit funding is designed to help plaintiffs in need of emergency cash to get them through to the litigation process.

A woman claims she slipped, fell, and was subsequently injured due to a slick floor at a New Orleans grocery store.

According to the suit, the incident occurred due to a leaking drink cooler machine. A large puddle formed, and the woman slipped and fell. The defendant is accused of negligence through failing to ensure that the machines were in working order, failing to clean up the water, and failing to warn of the danger.

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Carbon monoxide exposure can result in serious or permanent side effects; sometimes the results of exposure can be fatal. When carbon monoxide poisoning is caused by the negligence of another individual or entity, victims may have the right to seek compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

A 13-year-old boy is dead and eight other people were hospitalized after the group was found unconscious at a hotel’s indoor pool in southern Michigan.

According to reports, hotel employees found six unresponsive children, ranging in age from 12 – 14, on the deck of the indoor pool and in the breakfast area adjacent to the pool, after noticing their bodies through a window. Another child, who police said had just left the pool area, was found unresponsive in a first floor hotel room. When police arrived, carbon monoxide levels were at 800 parts per million in the pool, 16 times the safety limit.

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Slip-and-fall accidents stemming from the carelessness of property owners are grounds for litigation.

A woman has filed a premise liability lawsuit against a homeowner after she allegedly slipped on a rug.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she was invited to the defendant’s home, and while there a rug runner moved under her feet, causing her to slip and fall. The suit alleges that the homeowner had a duty to make sure the premise was safe for guests, including providing adequate lighting in the area, and the defendant allegedly breached that duty. As a result, the woman claims she sustained injuries resulting in great pain and mental anguish, loss of normal life, and medical expenses, according to the complaint. The plaintiff seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

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The first pair of wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California during a dance party on December 2. Officials say 36 people died in the blaze.

According to reports, the Ghost Ship was much more than just a simple warehouse. It was a well-known “live-work” warehouse. Artists used a portion of the main floor as studio space and dozens reportedly lived there. Dance parties typically occurred on the second floor.

The lawsuits claim the building was a death trap. It was in violation of city codes and under dangerous conditions that included exposed dangling wires, makeshift heating from propane tanks, no running water, no sprinkler system, non-working smoke alarms, no fire extinguishers, and a labyrinth of flammable materials. The second floor was only reachable by a rickety staircase made of pallets. Once the fire broke out, it was impossible for most of the people inside to escape.

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A woman filed a personal injury lawsuit alleging that on February 2, while entering a grocery store, she fell due to a hazardous condition, causing her to sustain severe and disabling injuries. She claims she incurred pain and suffering, mental anguish and medical expenses. According to the claim, the defendant failed to inspect the premises, failed to maintain the premises in a safe condition and failed to warn of a dangerous condition. The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an undisclosed amount in damages.

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On the night of August 10, natural gas built up in a basement utility room at an apartment complex in Silver Springs, Maryland, leading to an explosion and fire that killed seven people. Several others were injured as they jumped from balconies or descended down burning, crumbling staircases.

Investigators are still working to unravel what caused the disaster, but say the explosion was caused by a gas leak in the meter room of the building that built up until the explosion was sparked. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said a complete investigation is ongoing and expected to continue into next year.

In the meantime, more lawsuits have been filed alleging that blame rests with the company that managed the complex and the utility that supplied it with natural gas. According to the lawsuits, both defendants had been warned “on several occasions” about the smell of gas in apartments in the summer months before the tragedy. “Defendants deliberately disregarded the danger to the property’s residents, and undertook no steps to repair the condition,” say the new lawsuits. The suits contend that the gas company failed to ensure the security of residents by not: repairing the gas leak, properly investigating and identifying the gas leak, warning residents, and/or calling for an evacuation. The suit also claims that the utility failed to perform routine inspections that would have uncovered the potential dangers and saved the lives and property of residents.