Although fire prevention and extinguishing techniques have vastly improved over the years, residential and commercial fires still occur frequently and can cause serious damages, including property damage, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and, in extreme cases, even death.
Fires can occur for several reasons. However, if proper fire detection and protection devices are in place, severe damage may be avoided. Common causes of fires include:
With working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, most accidents can be controlled before severe damages occur. Make sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and have your fire extinguishers serviced regularly.
Burn injuries caused by fires are typically classified by degrees. The three most common degrees include:
Three additional degrees of burn injuries are less common and often fatal: fourth-degree burns that extend into the fat, fifth-degree burns that extend into the muscle and sixth-degree burns that extend into the bone.
Burn injuries may cause several health issues for people in daily life. Additionally, burn injuries can also lead to severe scarring. In such cases, it can be difficult for burn survivors to regain confidence and feel comfortable with being in public again. Treatment of these injuries can also be very expensive. Oftentimes, burn survivors struggle to pay their medical bills for long-term care.
Many burn survivors will file premises liability claims against negligent property owners. Insurance companies for these negligent owners will often try to limit their losses by dealing with the claimant directly. Because of this factor, claimants must be very cautious with everything they say to an insurance agent. Insurance companies are eager to find reasons to deny claims and award nothing.
If you or someone you know has suffered from burn injuries or losses because of a fire or explosion, you have the right to pursue legal action. Burn injuries can result in years of life-long pain and suffering, loss in quality of life, and long-term medical care. You do not have to navigate through this challenging time alone. Our skilled team of attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP will guide you through the necessary steps to get the compensation you deserve. To discuss your rights and legal options, call us today at (212) 779-0057 and speak with a legal representative.
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