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Apartment fire fatality case settles for $1 million

The decedent was killed when a raging fire consumed her apartment building. Plaintiff alleged that the smoke detectors failed to operate during the fire, depriving the decedent of the opportunity to escape the fire. Plaintiff further alleged that the owner and manager of the apartment complex failed to maintain the building adequately, causing an increased risk that fires would spread quickly once started and, in particular, that the defendants failed to install or maintain adequate fire-stopping materials and measures. Case settled prior to depositions and designation of experts for limits of underlying liability policy.


Mediated Settlement Report

Type of action: Wrongful death/apartment fire

Injuries alleged: Death

Case name: Confidential

Case number: Confidential

Court: Confidential

Verdict or settlement: Mediated settlement

Date: Confidential

Amount: $1 million

Insurer: Confidential    

Experts: Confidential

Were liability and/or damages contested? Yes

Was the opposing party represented by legal counsel? Yes

Has the plaintiff been successful in actually collecting the judgment? Yes

Plaintiff’s attorneys: Mark McGrath and George Podgorny, McGrath Podgorny (Research Triangle Park)


Editor’s note: The information in Lawyers Weekly’s verdicts and settlements reports was submitted by the counsel for the prevailing party and represents the attorney’s characterization of the case.

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