Solar panels are increasingly being used as alternative sources of energy. These convert solar energy into use for power in the home. The panels are typically installed on the roof of a home in order to harness the maximum amount of energy.
Some solar panels have been associated with fire dangers due to overheating and other issues. This can present risk and dangers such as:
- Risk of major property damage
- Risk of injuries related to fires
- Fire damage spreading to other homes or property in the area
Since the panels are usually located on the roof, there is a greater chance for a wider range of fire damage to be done to the home, as the fire might not be contained in a single room or area.
Who can be Held Liable for a Solar Panel Fire?
Solar panel fires can have many causes, and liability for such fire accidents can be traced to different parties depending on the situation. For instance, if the fire accident was caused by a defect with the solar panel, the manufacturer of the product may be held liable under a product liability theory. This can happen for instance if a design defect causes the solar panel to overheat and cause a fire.
In other cases, a party that was responsible for installing a solar panel setup could be liable for property damage or injuries if their negligence resulted in a fire. An example of this is where a solar panel installation company fails to follow proper industry standards for the wires or other parts.
What are the Legal Remedies in a Solar Panel Fire Lawsuit?
Solar panel fires can be complex and may require a lawsuit to resolve any legal issues that might be involved in the incident. Legal remedies in solar panel fire lawsuits usually involve a monetary damages award issued to the non-liable party. These damages can cover losses such as costs of property repairs, expenses related to injuries (such as medical bills), and other losses caused by the accident.
Also, defective products will likely be subject to a solar panel recall, and class action suits may be filed in connection with such products as well.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Solar Panel Fire Lawsuit?
Solar panel lawsuits can be complex and can involve some complex laws. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a legal claim. Your attorney can guide you through the process and provide you with representation during court hearings.