An apartment fire in Crown Heights killed one man and left another man hospitalized. According to Fire Fighting News, Brooklyn firefighters responded to the early morning blaze on the second floor of a three-story apartment building. The man who was found dead was a resident of the second floor. The second man suffered smoke inhalation injuries. Firefighters said the apartments on the second and third floors had been illegally divided into six apartments. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the flames.
According to the New York Times, illegally dividing apartments is common in the city but can be dangerous to tenants. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said there have been a number of fatalities in 2011 because of fires in apartments that have been split up illegally. There have been more than 250 complaints in the city about these kinds of dangerous apartments. Illegally subdivided apartments often pose a risk to those living there because of the lack of emergency exits and poorly maintained plumbing and gas lines. It is estimated there are hundreds of thousands of illegally subdivided apartments in New York City.
Landlords are required by state law to provide their tenants housing that is safe, livable, and sanitary. They are required to take action to prevent criminal acts, which means making sure all doors and windows are safe and putting in proper security measures. They must also make sure all common areas, which include elevators, stairways, and hallways, are safe and well-maintained. Landlords must install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in every apartment. A landlord who does not follow safety standards and building requirements may be held liable in the case of a fire or an accident that causes injury to a tenant.
Victims or their families who are injured in their home or apartment because of a negligent landlord may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, loss of wages and benefits, property damage, medical bills, hospitalization costs, physical therapy, past and future pain and suffering, etc.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm are prepared to fight hard for your rights and help you secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. We were able to recover $985,000 for a client whose one child died and another suffered brain damage after a crack addict intentionally set fire to the house. In that case, the landlord did not have smoke detectors installed in one of the apartments. Please call our offices at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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