Explosions and Fire Injuries
Fires can occur everywhere from a residential home to a commercial plant and they often cause serious injuries that can be fatal. Fire related deaths are the third most common type of fatality in the home. The statistics show that, on average, a person dies every 170 minutes in the United States because of a fire. Approximately 85% of all U.S. fire deaths occur in homes. Also interesting is the fact that males account for the vast majority of fire/burn injuries in the U.S. (64%).
Whether from a malfunctioning chimney, a gas leak, or blown electrical circuit in the wall, fires can occur at the most inopportune times at the most inopportune places. While some fires and explosions are inevitable, thousands of people are hurt or killed every year from fires and explosions that should have been prevented. Who are the potential responsible parties if injured by a fire or explosion?
- The landlord: In the vast majority of fires, the landlord or caretaker for the facility can be attributed with a lack of responsibility. This is especially so when fire detectors were present but were not working when the fire occurred. This false peace of mind is especially dangerous for those people who rely on such technology to keep them safe. Approximately 65% of fire deaths and injuries happen due to faulty or non-functioning fire alarms. If the landlord failed to maintain the premises by ensuring that these devices work, it is quite possible that the landlord could be liable if you are hurt in such a fire.
- Contractors: If a third party contractor performed electrical work on your house and the contractor did not abide by the relevant code or professional standard for that type of work, they may be liable if their improperly installed electrical wiring causes a fire within the wall. The only way to determine whether this could be a possible avenue for recovery is to contact a fire attorney to begin the investigation process necessary to discover potential at-fault parties. The fire attorneys at The Angell Law Firm work with top-notch investigators to exhaust all possible resources in the event you are injured in a fire.
- Manufacturers, Distributors, and/or Retailers of Fault Products: Any entity who is involved with a product’s stream of commerce can be held strictly liable for any injury or damage caused by a defective appliance (e.g., gas dryers, stoves, water heaters).
- The above are just a few examples of potential responsible parties. Others include: other tenants and their guests, business owners, and adjacent landlords. The bottom line is that you need an experienced personal injury attorney with the resources to perform the most thorough investigation of evidence as well the know-how to navigate every legal avenue available. The fire injury attorneys at The Angell Law Firm are ready to help you.
If a fire has hurt you or has hurt your family, you need to contact The Angell Law Firm immediately so we can help you begin the process of seeking your fair and just financial recovery. While there may be an insurance policy readily available in case of a fire, you will need an experienced attorney to help you deal with the insurance company and file a lawsuit if the proper financial remedy is not immediately offered. Give us call today at (770) 217-4954.