According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the third leading cause of fatal home injuries are deaths from fires and burns. Sadly, the majority of these fires are preventable. Severe burn injuries are undoubtedly amongst the most excruciating injuries and require long-term treatment and rehabilitation. Second-, third- and fourth-degree burns can be traumatic to both the injured person and to their families.
These injuries are often caused by the negligence of another, especially in car accident crashes, house fires, work accidents, industrial accidents, defective products, and electrical accidents. According to the American Burn Association, approximately 500,000 burn injuries occur every year, and result in 4000 deaths.
It is often difficult to determine who is responsible for an accident that results in severe burns because a combination of factors may contribute to the injury. The experienced attorneys at Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A. will extensively investigate your burn injury accident to determine the true cause and will fight to obtain the compensation you deserve for your losses. These damages may include your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, physical impairment, and your loss of your ability to enjoy life.
Lawyers handling burn injury cases look at several things, some of which include the following: Whether there were smoke alarms on the premises; whether the smoke alarm functioned, if there were the fire extinguishers, did the fire extinguishers work properly, were all codes complied with, were there enough exits (means of egress) compliance with code; but other questions to ask in public places such as clubs.: Was the club overcrowded and beyond capacity? Was there a defective appliance that contributed to or caused the injury or death?
We are currently handling a burn injury case that happened in 2010. Our client, an elderly man, was rescued from a house fire that was allegedly caused by a Dell laptop battery. Unfortunately, just days after the fire, our client died from his injuries. The attorneys at our firm are doing their best to seek compensation for the client’s family by suing the computer manufacturer, battery manufacturer, battery assembler, smoke alarm manufacturer, fire extinguisher manufacturer, and the landlord where the man who dies rented a room..
Although some fires cannot be avoided, you can actively practice preventative measures to reduce the risk of fires and injuries produced by fires. The CDC provides a useful list of preventive measures that should always be practiced and some of them are listed below:
- Never leave stove unattended while cooking
- Do not keep flammable objects such as towels near the cooking area
- Do not wear long sleeves while cooking
- Do not leave lit cigarettes unattended and do not smoke in bed
- Do not empty smoldering ashes in trash can
- Never place portable space heaters near flammable materials
- Install smoke alarms on every floor of the home, especially near the rooms where people sleep
- Test all smoke alarms every month to make sure they work
Keep in mind that although smoke alarms can be helpful, there is always a possibility that a fire can go undetected or the signal can go off too late. To reduce the possibility of a fire going undetected in your home, it is important to learn about the two main types of smoke alarms. A photoelectric smoke alarm is better suitable for slow smoldering fires. An ionization smoke alarm works best for fast flaming fires. Although both technologies can detect both types of fires, it is recommended by the National Fire Protection Association to have both types of alarms in your home.
At Law Offices Cytryn and Velazquez, P.A. we handle burn injury cases on a contingency fee basis which means you don’t pay costs and fees if we don’t recover compensation for you. Call now at 1-877-853-7466 to see if your case is one that our office will handle. The consultation is free so don’t let another day go by to see if you can get your personal injury case started.