My loved one was injured or killed in a fire. Do I have a case?
If you or your loved one were injured or killed in a home fire, hotel fire, or fire at another location, you may be eligible to obtain a monetary recovery for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and other damages.
While it is common for fires to cause severe burns, most fire-related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation or by toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide poisoning. Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths, but cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control, 85% of all fire deaths in the country occurred in private homes.
The issue of fault is crucial in a case involving a fire death and/or injury. Florida is a comparative fault state, meaning liability is assessed based on the degree to which each involved party is at fault. For example, if your loved one is killed in a kitchen fire in their home, they may be partially at fault for being negligent, but the manufacturer of a defective stove might also be at fault for causing the fire. Fires are also frequently caused by electrical short circuits or other defective appliances.
Only an experienced Florida personal injury and wrongful death attorney can accurately assess the issue of fault in such a case. Call a personal injury lawyer immediately after the incident for an evaluation of your case; do NOT attempt to deal with insurance adjusters or other representatives on your own. In addition, fire cases also require immediate involvement of attorneys in almost every circumstance. Our expert witness fire investigators must get to the scene immediately before evidence is lost or destroyed to conduct their own investigation into the cause of the fire, collect evidence and photograph the scene in detail to be able to later explain to a jury what caused the fire.
At the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller, we accept wrongful death, personal injury, auto accident and medical malpractice lawsuits on a contingency fee basis anywhere in Florida, or in serious cases, throughout the United States, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor costs unless we recover money damage for youĂ˘â‚¬â€ťthus, there is no up front cost to you for us to handle the case. In addition to wrongful death, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases, our firm also handles lawsuits involving divorce, custody battles, domestic violence injunctions, will and probate matters, and criminal defense cases. Our firm has offices in Gainesville or is available for consultation in Ocala, Chiefland, Lake City, Palatka, Jacksonville, Daytona, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, and Melbourne.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured or killed in a home fire, hotel fire, or by smoke inhalation, a severe burn, on the job accident, car crash, tire failure crash, DUI accident, bike accident, rollover crash or other incident or as the result of someone elseĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s negligence or malpractice, contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free phone consultation at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com
BY: Stephen K. Miller, Attorney at Law
December 27, 2012