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Ft. Worth Hotel Explosion Lawyer
January 09, 2024

Ft. Worth Hotel Explosion Lawyer

by Jim Adler

Posted on January 9, 2024

The explosion at the Sandman Signature Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, has raised significant concerns regarding personal injury and premises liability. The explosion, which occurred on January 8, 2024, resulted in at least 21 people being injured, with one person in critical condition and four others seriously injured. The suspected cause was a gas leak.

Personal Injury Aspects:

  1. Injuries to Guests and Passersby: The explosion caused injuries to multiple individuals, including serious and critical injuries. This directly relates to personal injury law as the victims may seek compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, and emotional distress.

There are also premises liability aspects to this situation.

Premises Liability Aspects:

  1. Hotel’s Duty of Care: Hotels have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are safe for guests and employees. This includes regular maintenance and addressing potential hazards. If the explosion resulted from negligence in this duty, such as failing to detect or repair a gas leak, the hotel could be liable.
  2. Construction and Renovation Risks: Reports indicate that the hotel was undergoing construction at the time of the explosion. If the construction activities contributed to the explosion, liability could extend to the construction company for failing to maintain a safe environment.
  3. Evacuation and Emergency Response: The effectiveness of the hotel’s evacuation and emergency response procedures could also be a factor in determining liability. Inadequate emergency protocols can exacerbate the consequences of such incidents.

Legal Implications and Considerations for Clients:

  1. Investigation and Evidence Gathering: It is crucial to investigate the cause of the explosion and gather evidence. This might involve examining maintenance records, construction plans, and witness statements.
  2. Determining Liability: Identifying all potentially liable parties is essential. This could include the hotel management, construction companies, and possibly even manufacturers of any faulty equipment that led to the explosion.
  3. Statute of Limitations: Victims need to be aware of the statute of limitations for filing personal injury or wrongful death claims in Texas.
  4. Insurance Claims: Navigating insurance claims can be complex, especially in incidents involving multiple parties and severe damages. Legal guidance can help ensure that victims receive fair compensation from insurers.

As a personal injury law firm, the attorneys at Jim Adler & Associates are equipped to handle the complex legal issues arising from this tragic event. Our expertise in personal injury and premises liability law positions us to offer comprehensive legal assistance to the victims and their families, ensuring they receive the justice and compensation they deserve.

Call Jim Adler & Associates today or send us a message for a FREE consultation.

References:
Explosion at historic Texas hotel injures 21 and scatters debris in downtown Fort Worth. KSL.com.
21 injured after possible gas explosion at historic Fort Worth, Texas, hotel: ‘Very loud and very violent’. USA Today.
Fort Worth: At least 21 injured after suspected gas explosion at Texas hotel. Sky News.

About Jim Adler

Jim Adler, also known as The Texas Hammer®, is an American trial attorney and owner of Jim Adler & Associates. He has been practicing law in Texas in the area of personal injury for 54 years.

Jim Adler graduated from the University of Texas School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) in 1967.

Jim Adler is a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association (ABA) and American Trial Lawyers Association. He is licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Courts of Texas. Read More

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