December 22, 2011 – East Orange, N.J. – According to a news story on USA Today, 30 residents of an apartment building were injured when their high-rise building caught on fire Sunday, December 18. The fire broke out on the ninth floor of the 17-story building and caused residents to panic and have problems exiting the premises.
Of the 30 people injured, including 9 firefighters, most suffered bruises, smoke inhalation and exhaustion. These conditions were treated at the scene; however, one resident was transferred to a local hospital for more serious complications from smoke inhalation.
The fire was brought under control in approximately 2 hours and the cause is still not known. No foul play is suspected.
When you’re the renter of a home, you have the right to expect your landlord to take reasonable and appropriate safety precautions to avoid accidents and emergency situations. If you were injured in accident on someone else’s property or at a place of business you may be eligible for compensation when you file a premises liability claim. An attorney can look at the details of the situation to determine whether or not an accident and injuries could’ve been prevented.
Help After a New Jersey Premises Liability Accident
If you have been severely injured in a New Jersey premises liability accident, you shouldn’t have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by another person’s negligence. Contact a New Jersey injury lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case – 877-944-8396.