For the second time since February 2016, a University of Florida student
has fallen to his death from an apartment complex within close proximity
to the university grounds.
Ian Burns, a senior studying engineering at the public university, fell
from a balcony at the University House Apartments complex this past weekend.
No explanation has been provided in public accounts regarding the circumstances
of his death.
It is such a bizarre and horrific event, that it should be a rare occurrence
– so why has it happened twice at the same university in less than
What is to blame for Ian Burns’ death?
While an investigation into Ian’s death remains ongoing, details
regarding what happened to Ian will remain unknown. But there are a number
of potential scenarios in which the terrible fall could be the result
of negligence, and perhaps therefore constituting a personal injury case.
The personal injury perspective of the wrongful death case
wrongful death personal injury lawyers, one of the firs things our investigators and lawyers would look into
is whether the complex owners were negligent in their construction, or
maintenance or care of the building.
For example, if the railing on the third story was shorter than building
code standards allow, or if there was a defect in the railing, that may
have contributed to the fall.
Or perhaps a failure in the construction of the balcony or the railing
could have made for an unforeseen hazard that led to the fall.
Unfortunately, the family will have to wait to find out. But hiring a personal
injury lawyer to conduct their own evaluation of the facts could lead
to a potential wrongful death lawsuit against the building’s owners,
or the property manager’s company.
This is not the first time a UF student has fallen to his death from an
apartment complex balcony
In 2016, 20-year old Chance Wolf fell to this death from a 6-story apartment
complex balcony, not far from the complex in which Ian Burns lost his life.
Security footage from that building showed Chance falling over a railing
that was described as only being about “waist-high”.
Our skilled personal injury lawyers often look for patters in cases that
are similar, such as these two incidents. A pattern of negligence in the
construction or care of the building would be awfully disturbing, especially
if it’s the same Defendant, or if there are two Defendants somehow
linked to each other.
It’s important for the families of those lost in terrible tragedies
like these to explore all legal options they may have available.
Our law firm offers free and confidential consultations to surviving family
members who have lost a loved one due to potential negligence. Call our
law firm at 561-600-5605 to learn about how we can help.