One Person Critically Injured In Rosslyn Hotel Fire At West Fifth Street In Downtown Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (June 21, 2019) – One person was critically injured in an accident after a fire broke out at the historic Rosslyn Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles firefighters were called to the Rosslyn Hotel around 9:00 a.m. and were able to put the fire out in 15 minutes. Apparently the fire began to spread across the 11th floor of the building. One person was transported to the hospital with critical burn injuries.
The Rosslyn Hotel was constructed in 1923 and has been the cite of many films and television shows over the years. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.
Causes of Hotel Fires
According to the Insurance Information Institute, “In 2017, on average, a fire department responded to a fire every 24 seconds in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Association. A structure fire occurred every 63 seconds, a home fire occurred every 88 seconds, and an outside property fire occurred every 51 seconds.” Here are just a few of the main reasons why fires break out in hotels:
- Cooking Equipment
- Faulty Sprinkler Systems
- Obstructed and Cluttered Exit Routes
- Faulty Heating and Cooling Equipment
- Laundry Equipment
- Careless Smoking by Guests
The total number of deaths and serious injuries has plummeted following advances in fire resistant building materials. Some older buildings lack many of the safety features of newer buildings. For example, they may contain building materials that are less resistant to structure fires. Depending on the facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a hotel fire.
Liability In Hotel Fires
Hotels and other service companies have a legal responsibility to make sure that their premises are in a reasonably safe condition. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”
If a hotel fails to keep their building up to code and this contributes to a fire, they could face liability in the event that anyone is injured or killed. But liability does not end once a fire has broken out. There should be numerous safety measures put in place to help guests exit a building safely if a fire does start. For example, emergency exits should be illuminated and exit doors should be unobstructed. Thirty-six people died in the 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship fire in part because exits to the building were allegedly obstructed.
Burn injuries are among the most painful and expensive injuries that a person can endure. The NCBI estimates the average cost to treat serious burn injuries is over $200,000. Any person that is injured in a hotel fire may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Victims may be entitled to damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A premises liability attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After A Hotel Fire
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim of this Rosslyn Hotel fire. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help prevent similar accidents. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the LAPD as they continue their investigation.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a hotel fire? There are numerous laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the support that they need to recover. Whether you need help with medical bills or just have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.