A fire injury is any type of injury that is caused by an uncontrolled or unexpected fire. Fire injuries usually happen due to the negligence of one or more parties. Negligence is proved by showing that the defendant breached a duty of care that they owed to the victim, and that this breach was the actual and direct cause of the injury.
For example, an individual may be found liable for a fire injury when he stores flammable chemicals in a negligent manner. If their negligence causes injury to another person, they might be held liable for the fire injuries that result.
When Do Fire Injuries Commonly Occur?
Fire injuries are common in places where high heat or exposure to an open fire/furnace is needed. This can include:
- Work-related tasks (especially cooking jobs)
- Industrial work
- Chemical fires
- At home while cooking (including injuries from kitchen appliances, stoves, and ovens)
- Certain types of car accidents, generally called "fuel fed car fire" injuries
- Electrical fires
- Home or office heating system injuries
As mentioned, fire injuries can often occur due to spontaneous explosions or combustions. An example of this is where a person lights a match in an area where flammable liquids have been stored.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Fire Injury?
Liability for a fire injury can depend on many factors. As mentioned, most fire injury claims are based on a negligence claim. This means that only parties who actually owe a duty of care can be held liable for a fire injury. This typically includes persons such as:
- Safety inspectors
- Work supervisors who are required to ensure the safety of employees
- Product manufacturers and designers
- In some cases, home owners
Legal remedies for fire injury claims typically include a monetary damages award intended to reimburse the person for their losses. Costs covered usually include hospital expenses, medical bills, and other costs such as lost wages.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help With a Fire Injury Lawsuit?
Fire injury lawsuits can sometimes involve very serious injuries. It may be in your best interests to hire a qualified personal injury attorney for help filing a fire injury claim. Your lawyer will be able to provide you with the legal expertise, guidance, and advice that is needed when filing such a claim. Injury laws may vary by state, but a lawyer in your area will be able to guide and assist you with your state’s laws.