New York Fire Injury and Burn Lawyers
If you or your family have been injured in a house fire, apartment building fire, or industrial fire, the fire injury lawyers in New York at 1-800-HURT911® will determine who is responsible for causing your injuries and may be able to get you millions of dollars to help recover from your injury and restore your life.
What You May Be Entitled to When Injured in a Fire
Burn and smoke inhalation injuries from a fire are often severely disabling and worth millions of dollars in compensation for pain and suffering. Additionally, there are often millions of dollars of insurance available to compensate victims injured by a fire.
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Why Does an Injury from Fire Entitle You to Substantial Money Compensation?
Injuries resulting from a fire require substantial compensation not only because of the pain and suffering but because of the extreme hardship and cost they cause over your lifetime.
Most fire injuries consist of:
- Smoke inhalation is often accompanied by thermal injury (burns) to the throat and lungs.
- A combination of smoke inhalation and burns.
Often, any of these injuries from fire or smoke inhalation are worth millions of dollars.
Noxious gases released from burning materials include carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, chlorine gas, ammonia, hydrocarbons, and acids, causing permanent injuries.
Fire, extreme heat, chemicals, and smoke inhalation can cause any or all of the following injuries:
- Burns and scars result in extensive medical treatment costing a lot of money and causing substantial pain and embarrassment.
- Lung damage can cause permanent scarring in the lungs.
- Thermal injury to the upper airway.
- Irritation or chemical injury to the airways from soot, asphyxiation, and toxicity from carbon monoxide (CO) and other gases such as cyanide.
- Brain injury
You May Have a Lawsuit Even If You Caused the Fire
There are many different scenarios where someone can be responsible to compensate you for your injuries. For instance:
- The fire may be caused because of someone else’s negligence.
- The fire may have been caused by your negligence, but your landlord may be responsible for many reasons. A common reason is the failure to provide you with working fire detectors. Most fires in a house or apartment where you are renting involve numerous building code violations.
- The fire can be caused both because of someone’s negligence and because you are not provided with working fire detectors.
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Can I Have a Lawsuit if I am Injured in a Fire?
If you are renting a house or apartment, you can have a lawsuit if you are injured in a fire, even if you accidentally started the fire.
Even if you accidentally started the fire, your landlord is probably responsible because of building code violations.
This fire that destroyed a house in Riverhead, Suffolk County, and killed five family members was determined to be accidentally started by someone who was smoking and threw a cigarette off the deck of the house. But the landlord, who also lived in the house, was charged with violations and plead guilty to not having a rental permit.
This house fire killed three people. The house in Queens, New York, had 20 building code violations. One of the violations alleged that the owner illegally converted the basement and attic into apartments.
Landlords commonly fail to provide working fire detectors, but there may be many other code violations. You may be renting a basement apartment which is a code violation. We only need one code violation to make your landlord responsible, but there are usually many violations.
Who Can I Sue for Causing a Fire?
There are many people and companies which may be responsible for causing the fire resulting in your injuries. Your landlord may be responsible, but an electrical contractor, handyman, or other people may also be responsible.
Example of who you can file a lawsuit against for an injury caused by a fire
Assume someone kept an e-bike or e-scooter in an apartment building in New York that caused an ebike battery fire when a faulty lithium-ion battery exploded and burst into flames, injuring you. Read about why e-bike and e-scooter batteries cause so many fires in New York City apartment buildings.
A lawsuit can be filed against:
- The owner of the bike, but the owner may not have apartment insurance or any money or assets to go after.
- The landlord for allowing the e-bike or e-scooter to be stored in the apartment building and many other reasons, such as code violations.
- The company that made the faulty lithium-ion battery.
- The company that sold a generic lithium-ion battery.
- The company that installed a generic lithium-ion battery.
The Fire Accident Lawyers in New York at 1-800-HURT911® will file a lawsuit against every possible person and company responsible for causing the fire and your injuries.
A landlord has a legal obligation to keep the property free from hazards, including hazards that can cause a fire. A landlord is required to protect the tenants from hazardous conditions, including those which can cause a fire. If a landlord failed to protect you from the hazardous condition which caused the fire which injured you, the landlord will be held liable for your injuries.
Most fires are caused by faulty electrical wiring, but there are many other causes, such as leaving hazardous materials in the basement, garage, or even the garbage.
What Laws Make My Landlord Liable If There Was a Fire?
In New York City, numerous laws regulate what landlords must do to prevent fires in apartments, apartment buildings, and office buildings. There are many thousands of building codes and laws that regulate fire prevention, fire detection, fire extinguishment, and emergency exits. For example:
- One type of building code intended to reduce fires and prevent toxic smoke may require your landlord to have electrical wiring with a metal sheath called BX cable.
- Building codes require your landlord to install, maintain, and inspect smoke alarms on a regular basis to make sure that all smoke detectors are working properly. For instance, a smoke detector with a battery that lasts one year must be regularly inspected and the battery changed.
- Depending upon the type of building, fire alarms and other types of fire protection and extinguishment systems may be required, such as sprinklers and chemical or carbon dioxide systems.
- Landlords must periodically inspect fire exits to ensure they are working properly and are accessible.
- If there are too many people living in an apartment, the landlord can be liable for allowing overcrowding.
Landlords are also responsible for hot water burns.
How We Determine the Cause of a Fire and Who Is Responsible
The Fire Accident Lawyers in New York at 1-800-HURT911® will retain a fire/explosion expert such as Robson Forensic Inc. to determine the parties responsible for causing a fire or explosion and to testify how these people caused the fire and your injuries.
See how a fire expert can determine the cause of a fire and see if you can spot where the fire started in the kitchen. These two photos show fire damage in the area of a stove and microwave on the kitchen counter. One photo shows the fire damage, and the other photo is marked up to show the burn and fire patterns that indicate where the fire started.
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