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Sheena Shumate Tragically Losses Life in Warner Robins, GA Apartment Complex Fire.

Sheena Shumate Tragically Losses Life in Warner Robins, GA Apartment Complex Fire. (41NBC.com)

Could the death from this apartment complex fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victim’s family? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

Local News

A fire engulfed a Warner Robins, Georgia apartment complex early Sunday morning, January 17, 2021, leaving one person dead and multiple units damaged.

As reported by 41NBC.com, “the fire happened just after 2:00 Sunday morning at…Apartments on South Corder Road.”

According to the report, “Firefighters…were able to get most of the residents out of the building, but after extinguishing the fire they found one person dead inside.”

13WMAZ.com is reporting, “Houston County Coroner…identified the victim as 77-year-old Sheena Shumate.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Our Legal Take

As authorities continue their investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.

  • What fire safety measures, such as working smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and emergency exits, were in place and working at the time of the fire?
  • When was the last fire inspection performed on the property?
  • Were any safety measures required to be added after any previous fire inspections?

As details of this fire continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the property owner or management failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents and guests legally on the premises. Under certain State law, the owner and management company of an apartment complex have a duty to protect residents and to keep the premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur as a consequence.  Should the complex be found at fault, the family of Sheena Shumate may elect to hold the owner or management company civilly liable for their loss and suffering. Financial recovery for such a claim could be substantial.

As insurance companies and unscrupulous property owners are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that the family of Sheena Shumate retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty fire alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and their best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and apartment negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.

If anyone has information to share, or if anyone is seeking information regarding this incident, please contact us at 478.246.1010.

Our Results

The Murray Law Firm has obtained over $100 million dollars for its Clients, and recently secured a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a fire victim at an unsafe property.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at CALL NOW: 478.246.1010. Consultations are free and confidential.

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DISCLAIMERS:  The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

Fairington Village Apartments Fire in Lithonia, GA Causes Multiple Injuries.

Fairington Village Apartments Fire in Lithonia, GA Causes Multiple Injuries. (11Alive.com)

Could the injuries from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to the victims? Read Our Legal Take below to find out what legal options are available.

Local News

A fire at a Lithonia, Georgia apartment complex Friday afternoon, December 11, 2020, caused injuries to at least 18 people.

As reported by 11Alive.com, “the fire occurred at Fairington Village Apartments in Lithonia – an address on Fairington Village Drive.”

According to the report, “[a]uthorities haven’t said how severe the injuries are for the seven who jumped or what floor of the three-story building they jumped from. Exactly how the roughly 11 other people were injured also wasn’t released.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Our Legal Take

As fire investigators continue their investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the complex may have contributed to the injuries in this incident.

  • What fire safety measures, such as working smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and emergency exits, were in place and working at the time of the fire?
  • When was the last fire inspection performed on the property?
  • Were any safety measures added after any previous inspections?
  • Was the property owner aware of any inadequate fire safety measures present prior to the fire?

As details of this fire continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the apartment complex failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents and guests legally on the premises. Under certain State law, the owner and management company of an apartment complex have a duty to protect residents and to keep the premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur as a consequence.  Should the apartment complex be found at fault, the victims may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their injuries and suffering. Financial recovery for such a claim could be substantial.

As insurance companies and unscrupulous property owners are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that the victims retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty fire alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and the victims best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and apartment negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.

If anyone has information to share, or if anyone is seeking information regarding this incident, please contact us at 404.842.1600.

Our Results

The Murray Law Firm has obtained over $100 million dollars for its Clients, and recently secured a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at CALL NOW: 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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DISCLAIMERS:  The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.

Woman Dead After Fire at Condemned Candler Square Apartments.

Woman Dead After Fire at Condemned Gainesville Apartment Building. (11Alive.com)

Could the death from this apartment fire have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to victim’s family?

Local News

An early morning fire engulfed a Gainesville, Georgia apartment building Monday morning, March 25, 2019. According to AccessWDUN.com, “[a]n elderly woman was killed in a fire at Candler Square Apartments early Monday morning.” The news story reports, “Gainesville Fire crews responded to the scene around 4:30 a.m. and found heavy smoke and fire showing from the building, which was condemned due to being unfit for human occupancy.” 11Alive.com is reporting, “Once the fire was put out, crews found a woman during a secondary search…there were a lot of items throughout the house that hindered fire operations and access.”

The fire is still under investigation according to the media outlets.

Our Legal Take

As the fire department continues its investigation, premises liability attorneys with The Murray Law Firm question whether a lack of fire safety measures at the complex may have contributed to this incident.

  • How was the victim able to reside in a condemned property?
  • Was the condemned properly secured to prevent entry prior to the fire?
  • What fire safety measures, such as working smoke detectors, fire sprinklers and emergency exits, were in place and working at the time of the fire?

As details of this fire continue to emerge, The Murray Law Firm suggests that it is possible that the apartment complex failed to undertake proper safety measures to protect those residents and guests legally on the premises. Under certain State law, the owner and management company of an apartment complex have a duty to protect residents and to keep the premises safe. If the owner or manager fails in this duty, they may be held civilly liable for any injuries or wrongful deaths that occur as a consequence.  Should the Gainesville apartment complex be found at fault, the victim’s family may elect to hold the owner and management company civilly liable for their loss. Financial recovery for such a claim could be substantial.

As insurance companies and unscrupulous property owners are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure in these incidents, it is crucial that the victim’s family retain an experienced premises liability firm as soon as possible to ensure all evidence, such as a faulty fire alarm or a poor evacuation plan, is preserved and the victims’ best interests are protected. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in premises liability and apartment negligence cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.

If anyone has information to share, or if anyone is seeking information regarding this incident, please contact us at 888.842.1616.

Our Results

The Murray Law Firm has obtained over $100 million dollars for its Clients, and recently secured a $29.25 million dollar verdict for a victim of an unsafe property.

We represent our Clients on a contingency agreement, which generally means that no fees or payments are owed until and unless we recover. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us via e-mail (click here) or by telephone at CALL NOW: 888.842.1616. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Choosing the Right Attorney (CLICK HERE)

DISCLAIMERS:  The information contained in this post is from secondary sources and may therefore contain inaccuracies. We will gladly correct or remove this post upon request.  The material contained in this post is not intended to constitute legal advice. As each Client is unique, please contact us for a free consultation on your particular case.  “Contingent attorneys’ fees” refers only to those fees charged by attorneys for their legal services. Such fees are not permitted in all types of cases. Court costs and other additional expenses of legal action usually must be paid by the client.