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7 Year Old Girl Tragically Killed By Faulty Apartment Gate

As a Pinellas County Wrongful Death Attorney, I feel it is my duty to shed light on this very tragic story. It is typical to find apartment complexes, condos, and homeowner communities guarded by big metal gates in Florida. With the added security that such safety gates provide, they are equally responsible for a growing number of injuries to children. These gates are often constructed from heavy metals, with elaborate or ornate decorations adding to the size and weight. In fact it is common for such gates to exceed 1000 pounds. A majority of gates are controlled electronically with motion sensor technology. The issue centers on who maintains the gate itself and their ability to detect motion. Last week, a seven year old girl was found trapped and faint of breath pinned by a an apartment gate. The girl was rushed to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead from internal injuries. How the incident occurred is still under investigation and is considered a mystery at this time. What isn’t a mystery is the growing number of accidents and injuries attributable to motorized gates. The number of injuries to children as result of apartment gates has led to increased litigation against the designers, installers and manufacturers of such. Motorized gates now control entrances to apartment complexes, condos, sub-divisions and have become a cheap alternative to alternative security measures. The maintenance of metal gates has tended to be less than exceptional. Unlike elevators, metal gates do not require mandatory code enforcement checks and proper routine inspections. Therefore, the gates are left unsupervised by code enforcement till complaints of improper working or damage. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligent operation or negligent maintenance of a motorized gate, contact the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA to discuss your rights as a victim. At Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA the attorneys strive to provide personal attention at your time of need. Contact us at (727) 451-6900 to set a free consultation and case evaluation. Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is a Pinellas County Personal injury law firm based in Clearwater with additional offices in New Port Richey and St. Petersburg. We handle personal injury claims that result from automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, boat accidents, and slip and falls. We also focus our expertise on victims of a DUI, wrongful death cases, traumatic brain injuries, and serious spinal injuries. Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is your Pinellas County Personal Injury Law Firm. Contact us today. Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33765 (727) 451-6900