Causes of House Fires
House fires can originate from various sources. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the number one cause of house fires. Unattended appliances, grease fires, and malfunctioning cooking equipment can cause kitchen fires that quickly spread through the rest of the house. Other common causes of house fires can also include:
- Faulty Electrical Wiring: Faulty wiring, overloaded circuits, or damaged electrical outlets can cause electrical fires.
- Appliance Malfunctions: Defective electric appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, or washing machines, can generate sparks and start fires.
- Heating: If improperly maintained or installed, furnaces, defective space heaters, and open fireplaces can cause fires. Improper use of heaters, for example, drying clothes, can pose a significant fire risk.
- Candles and Open Flames: Unattended or poorly placed candles and other open flames can ignite flammable materials, such as curtains, rugs, and clothes, leading to devastating house fires.
- Arson: Sometimes, individuals carelessly or deliberately cause house fires. Arson is a serious offense that can result in considerable property damage, injuries, and loss of life.
The American Burns Association (ABA) says that burn injuries cause, on average, one fire death every two and a half hours and are a leading cause of unintentional death and injury. If you or a loved one is affected by a house fire, you could have legal recourse and recover compensation for your losses.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim?
When another, such as a landlord, employer, or electric appliance manufacturer, causes your injuries, you could recover compensation from the wrongdoer by filing a personal injury lawsuit. Here are some examples of when injured individuals could pursue damages:
Dangerous Products Claims
Manufacturers must ensure that their products are free from defects and dangers. If a defective heater, electric appliance, or other consumer product caused your house fire, you could file a lawsuit against manufacturers or other parties involved in the distribution chain of the item.
Landlords and property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises for tenants and guests. If a landlord neglects to maintain the electrical wiring or appliances in your home, and you experience a fire, the landlord could be responsible. A property owner may also be negligent if they fail to provide fire fighting equipment, such as fire extinguishers or fire blankets.
If someone deliberately set fire to your house, causing property damage and injuries, they committed a crime and could face prison time and fines. However, you may also have a civil personal injury claim against them and could sue them personally for damages.
Since compensation claims can arise in various situations, consulting a personal injury lawyer can help determine whether you have a case to pursue compensation from the responsible party.
How to Recover Compensation for Personal Injuries after a House Fire
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a house fire caused by someone else’s negligence or deliberate actions, here are the steps you can take to protect your legal rights:
- Seek prompt medical attention
- Document the aftermath and scene of the fire with photographs and videos
- Report the fire to local authorities and your insurance company
- Contact a personal injury attorney experienced in house fire injury cases
The Ammons Law Firm Is Here for You
We know how destructive house fires are and understand the physical injuries and financial devastation that victims can suffer. If a company, property owner, or another party caused your fire and injuries, they should pay for your damages.
Our personal injury attorneys can fight for the compensation you need to rebuild your life after suffering a significant fire injury and property damage. Contact the Ammons Law Firm today for a free case review.
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