Have you ever been harmed on someone else’s property? If you have, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. As attorney Marc Fielder explains in the video above, premises liability holds landowners responsible when someone else is injured on their property.
On January 11, a 22-year-old Pennsylvania State University graduate plummeted head-first to his death after a fire escape collapsed beneath him and his roommates at their apartment in Philadelphia.
“They said they were out there no longer than a minute or two when they felt it move under their feet,” stated Detective Richard Bova of Central Detectives. “It was a brutal fall.”
The young man was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The man’s roommates, two young women, sustained broken backs in the fall. The women, ages 25 and 26, are currently recovering at local hospitals.
City officials cited the apartment building’s fire escapes for safety violations. According to Rebecca Swanson, a spokesperson for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, it is unclear when the fire escape on the building was last inspected. The city of Philadelphia is not required to inspect fire escapes on smaller buildings unless a complaint is made, which means it may not have been inspected since it was constructed over 50 years ago, Swanson stated.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining safe fire escapes, including testing for how much weight a fire escape can hold and repairing damages.
“We’re working with the owner to determine what maintenance he’s done,” Swanson stated.
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