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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Surviving Family Members of Horrific Houston Hotel Fire File Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In Texas, wrongful death laws allow surviving family members the opportunity to seek justice against the individual(s) responsible for the death of their loved one. While no amount of money can bring back a beloved family member, wrongful death laws help ensure the at-fault party does not escape the duty to redress the victim’s injuries simply because he or she succumbed to the severity of the trauma.

In May 2013, a five-alarm fire at a Houston-area Southwest Hotel led to unspeakable tragedy – and now, families are seeking answers. On that day, first responders from several local fire companies responded to calls of a rapidly growing blaze at the hotel. Problem was, firefighters in the Houston Fire Department were also battling defective and malfunctioning radio communications systems – despite the fact the city just spent $140 million on the new digital devices.

Tragically, four firefighters were killed on that day, allegedly due to the fact their colleagues could not pinpoint their location. As a result, the victims became trapped beneath falling ceiling materials, creating an even more treacherous hazard as high winds caused the flames to grow quickly.

According to the details of the lawsuit, the families have named Motorola – maker of the devices – as well as five other companies involved in the installation and maintenance of the digital system. As a result of the failures, other firefighters involved in the blaze were required to use hand signals to try and communicate with their comrades – a fatal combination.

The lawsuit specifically claims that the defects caused radio communications to “drop out” whenever another firefighter attempted to use the devices – resulting in an alleged 339 dropped communications during the first half hour of the Houston hotel blaze.

If you are a surviving loved one of someone tragically killed due to the negligence or reckless misconduct of another person, you should consult with a personal injury attorney with expertise in wrongful death claims.

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