Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump and Co-counsel File Lawsuit on Behalf of Families Impacted by Deadly Bronx Fire (New York, NY) – Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump of Ben Crump Law and co-counsel of Weitz & Luxenberg announced today that they have filed lawsuits on behalf of victims and families of the deadly Jan. 9 high-rise apartment fire in the Bronx. Plaintiffs include:
Mahamadou Hassimi and Safietou Bocoum whose son and daughter died in the fire and surviving son suffered critical injuries;
Fatoumata Sankanu whose two-year-old son was attending daycare in the building when he perished in the fire;
The Janneh family who lost their 27-year-old daughter, Sera, and have three additional family members who were hospitalized with injuries; and
Diariato Isabel Drame, a 20-year-old mother from Angola, whose three-month-old son was hospitalized with injuries.
Altogether, the fire tragically claimed the lives of 17 victims, including eight children.
The lawsuits name housing companies, investment groups, and property developers responsible for ensuring the building is compliant with health and safety codes and the maintenance of the building as defendants. The lawsuits allege negligence by the defendants that led to the wrongful deaths and injuries to surviving family members.
“There is no greater tragedy than parents having to grieve for their children. While we can’t bring them back, we can help their families get answers to why and how this happened. Justice in this case is holding those responsible accountable and ensuring that no community has to suffer a loss like this again. This building was home to a very close-knit community in pursuit of the American dream when their world was devastated by this preventable tragedy. We are determined to get them the justice they deserve,” said Crump.
Immigrated From Africa
“Many of these victims immigrated from Africa and have language barriers that make it harder for them to get the help they need. We continue to urge anyone who is a victim of this tragedy to call 800-790-9889. We will work to connect them with a translator who speaks their native language,” said Lawrence Goldhirsch of Weitz & Luxenberg. “Our teams are committed to thoroughly investigating this tragedy to help our clients and anyone else who may have been affected get the answers and help they deserve.”
Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump and Co-counsel File Lawsuit on Behalf of Families Impacted by Deadly Bronx Fire
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