Fire Accident Injuries

There is nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than fires.

There is some good news to report on fires in the United States, as the US Fire Administration reports that in total, fires are down by 22.7% between 2005 and 2014, deaths are down 11.7% in that same time period, injuries are down 7.9%, and property loss is down 21%. While it is wonderful news that fires are down, it is little comfort to those who have suffered horrific injuries or who have lost a family member in a fire.

Fires may start for any number of reasons, and in many cases, fires are completely preventable. While there are any number of potential causes for a fire, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death case if you have been injured in a fire that started for any of the following reasons:

  • Careless smoking;

  • Heating failure;

  • Cooking;

  • Electrical Malfunction;

  • Appliance malfunction or failure;

  • Equipment malfunction; or

  • Other causes.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a fire, it is always a good idea to talk to an experienced Massachusetts fire injury attorney at an early stage. We will then be able to monitor the investigation by the fire department into the fire, provide help where needed, and possibly arrange our own investigation into the fire.

There are any number of people or companies that may be held responsible when a person is injured in a fire. These people include home owners, commercial property owners, product manufactures, trades people including electricians, plumbers, and contractors, equipment re-sellers, appliance manufactures, and individuals who smoke carelessly. There is also a chance that a public utility may be responsible in causing a fire. The complexity of these cases makes it very important to hire only an attorney with deep experience in fire cases.

When hiring a fire injury attorney, it is also important to make sure that attorney has encountered the unique injuries that fires cause. In many cases, these injuries are tremendously serious, and often include:

  • Burns;

  • Smoke inhalation;

  • Broken bones or other injuries suffered in escaping a burning building.

At Mirick O’Connell, we are a much bigger firm than most plaintiff’s personal injury firms. We can handle every aspect of your fire injury case, including investigation, dealings with insurance companies, hiring experts on causes of the fire and injuries, and settlement or trial of your case. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a fire, please call us today for a free consultation.

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