The tragic tale of a house fire that occurred last year in Massachusetts commands broad relevance in Connecticut and every other state, given the ready potential for recurrence of something similar.
That “something” equates to the dire outcome that far too often happens in the realm of premises liability, where harm suffered by one or more persons occurs solely because of the negligent acts or omissions of a third party with a legal duty to take safety precautions.
The negligent maintenance of property is often at the heart of a premises liability case, just as it was in a recent media story chronicling one college student’s death following her inability to get out of a boarding house after a fire started. Several other students, who had to jump out of upper-story windows, were injured. Exits required by law were lacking in the house, which had a documented history of maintenance and related issues.