If you’ve been hurt in a building fire, choose a personal injury lawyer with expertise in this practice area. You will need to prove that the defendant breached a duty and that the fire and your injury were logical consequences. You may be entitled to recover compensation from a person or entity whose negligence caused it.
Fire injuries are unique because they can take specialized knowledge to identify and explain the cause. Your lawyer will likely work with expert investigators who will try to pinpoint the cause as well as the path of the fire. Your personal injury lawyer will also call on doctors to explain how your injuries resulted from the blaze and your future prognosis.
Who is legally responsible for a burn injury?
There is no clear-cut answer to who is liable for a building fire and the resulting injuries. For example:
- A property owner or management company might be responsible if the building does not have proper fire alarms or required safety features like fire doors or escapes.
- A manufacturer might be liable if defective fire safety equipment played a role in the blaze or resulting injuries.
- A builder, designer, or safety inspector might bear some responsibility if the building does not meet fire code standards.
Proving liability means establishing both what happened and why. It may involve detailed reports about the cause and origin of the blaze, as well as a legal analysis to determine the responsible parties.
How to claim a burn injury
You may have the right to file a lawsuit against any potentially liable parties. The lawsuit must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations, or your case will be barred. It is helpful to talk to a lawyer much earlier than this, though, because a delay can allow valuable evidence to be lost.
Further, if your case names a municipality or another government entity as a defendant, you might be required to file a notice of claim within a shortened time frame– such as six months from the date of the fire. You will lose your right to pursue a claim if you don’t.
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The process can seem complicated, but the personal injury lawyers at Rutter Mills manage these and other matters so you can focus on restoring your life. Call today to schedule a free consultation if you need counsel in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or the nearby Hampton Roads area.
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