Were You Seriously Injured on Someone Else’s Property? Our Attorneys Can Help

By Peter DePaolis

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.

22-Year-Old Dies in Violent Fall after Fire Escape Collapses

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.

Lawyers that Help People with Premises Liability in Maryland

If you were injured on someone else’s property, call our firm today. We are experienced attorneys that are here to help in your time of need.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Source: http://articles.philly.com/2014-01-15/news/46188749_1_fire-escape-swanson-historic-places

Video Link: http://youtu.be/l4VgaebSob8

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.