Fires can have devastating consequences for people’s lives. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fire on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against the at-fault party. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami premises liability attorneys understand that burn injuries are some of the most painful injuries an individual can suffer, which is why we can aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve in your case.
In Florida, as in every other state, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises to prevent risks of injuries to others. When property owners fail to do this, they can be liable for any injuries that people sustain on the premises. The obligation to maintain one’s property includes taking the necessary steps to prevent a fire from occurring on the property, as well as measures to deal with a fire, should one occur. Some steps a property owner can take to do this are as follows:
- Have proper, working smoke detectors;
- Have proper, working sprinkler systems;
- Have proper fire escape systems;
- Have proper signage pointing to the fire escape system;
- Make sure the building is up to code; and
- Make sure there are no faulty electric outlets or natural gas leaks.
It is important to note that a property owner is not responsible for injuries simply because something happens on the property. In some cases, a fire can break out and spread even if a property owner takes all of the appropriate measures to avoid such an incident. As a result, in order to be liable, property owners must have done something wrong or failed to do something they were supposed to do.
Negligence is typically the legal doctrine in which premises liability claims are rooted. Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care in one’s actions or omissions. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act under the same or similar circumstances. In order to succeed in a premises liability claim, the plaintiff must establish that the property owner knew or should have known that the premises were unsafe, the property owner failed to take steps to fix the unsafe condition, the condition ultimately caused or contributed to a fire, and the plaintiff suffered injuries as a result.
In Florida, as in every other state, there is a time limit in which personal injury claims must be filed. Premises liability claims must be filed within four years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within the time frame could mean permanently losing your right to recover compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire caused by a property owner’s failure to maintain their premises, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our seasoned Miami premises liability attorneys are dedicated to providing fire accident victims with the legal representation they need in their case. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns at every step of the way. To determine your legal rights and options, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.
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