Q: For a death resulting from a fire in an unsafe structure, would the landlord or the city be legally responsible?
A: Potentially both. It is impossible to address all possible circumstances where liability might be imposed without more information than what you have provided. You should consult an attorney immediately in order to protect and preserve your rights. There are strict time limits governing suits for wrongful death.
A: Contact a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn for the County where it happened. They give free consults.Not all "unsafe structures" are automatically that. You may think of something as a "firetrap " but if it had a certificate of occupancy, and the requisite smoke and other alarms, then it's not necessarily a case.So start by getting a free consult. Also understand not every family member gets to bring the case--only certain ones do.
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