Winter holidays are a festive time of year when people get to take a few days off from work and reunite with family and friends. However, this time of the year often sees a spike in certain types of accidents, including fire-related mishaps. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fire-related accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami personal injury attorneys will thoroughly examine the facts of your case and devise a legal strategy accordingly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, statistics show that 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of fire deaths take place during the months of December, January and February. The fires result from a number of sources, including cooking and heating sources, dry Christmas trees, holiday decorations, portable heaters, cooking appliances and the increase of open flames during the holiday season. During 2004-2008, an average of 260 home fires every year began with a Christmas trees. Another 150 home fires were caused by decorative and holiday lights on an annual basis.
Establishing Fault for Holiday Injuries
How and when the burn injury occurred is extremely important in terms of determining your legal options. For instance, if the fire took place because of a faulty holiday decoration, you may be able to sue to manufacturer through a products liability claim. However, if you were injured as a result of a fire caused by the negligence of an individual or company, you may be able to sue that individual or company for compensation. For example, if a landlord failed to follow safety regulations regarding Christmas trees or holiday decorations resulting in a fire in an apartment building, that landlord may be liable for any harm you may have suffered as a tenant of the apartment building.
Damages for Fire-Related Injuries
Victims of fire injuries can suffer severe life-long injuries and disfigurement, which can be extremely costly to deal with. Not only are the medical treatments very expensive, individuals often have to take time off work and lose their earnings while they recover. In some cases, they are never able to return to work. Fortunately, victims of fire accidents have a right to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement and any other losses arising from the accident. Every case is different so the specific amount of damages will vary based on the extent of the harm suffered.
Trusted Miami Personal Injury Attorneys
A fire or burn injury can change a person’s life forever. The reality of such an injury is even harder to deal with when the fire could have been prevented. If you have suffered a fire-related injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami personal injury attorneys will work diligently to hold the negligent parties accountable for the harm that their actions or inaction caused. To speak to one of our team members in greater detail about your legal matter, please call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online.
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