New York Fires Attorneys
Property owners have a legal obligation to reduce the chances of fires breaking out on their property, not to mention to put safety precautions in place to protect people should a fire break out. If these owners don’t take these necessary actions, they may put people on their property at a much higher risk of sustaining injuries from fires. These injuries can be extremely debilitating, causing not only physical pain, but also emotional trauma and financial burdens.
If a fire has left you struggling with injuries from burns or other complications, you have options. When a property owner’s negligence or carelessness has put you in harm’s way, an injury lawyer can help. An attorney will work to understand what you’ve been through, investigate your case, figure out how much compensation you are owed, and pursue a fair settlement from those responsible for your suffering.
The experienced New York fires attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP know how expensive injuries can be. If someone else is to blame, you do not have to absorb the cost of your injuries. If you’ve been injured in a fire due to a property owner’s negligence in New York, our attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP understand that the harm and losses you’ve faced may be difficult to overcome. Fortunately, you might be able to get financial compensation that can help you cope with these costs and losses. To speak with a member of our team and learn more about your options, reach out to us at (212) 779-0057.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
While you can file a claim independently, you should reach out to a lawyer if you want to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries. The guidance of an experienced attorney will strengthen your case in numerous ways. Not only will a lawyer have the knowledge and experience to help you avoid unnecessary delays from insurers or attorneys—they will also help you determine the true value of your claim. It is important to understand your claim’s value so that you don’t settle for less than you deserve.
Injury victims who file claims without the guidance of a knowledgeable lawyer may be inclined to accept quick settlements, especially when their injuries have put them in a financially compromised position. Unfortunately, if you accept a settlement beneath the true value of your claim, you are only recovering a fraction of what you are owed.
Your lawyer will calculate all of the costs that you have incurred, both financial and non-economic in order to determine what you should collect. In addition to providing much-needed legal support, your lawyer can be a critical source of practical knowledge and guidance. You can take comfort knowing that an injury lawyer has experience fighting for people who have gone through similar challenges as you.
Why Hire Hach & Rose, LLP to Handle My Case?
The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have over 100 years of combined experience fighting for injury victims in New York. Through hard work, tenacity, and commitment to justice, we continually achieve high-dollar settlements on behalf of our clients. We know that when people reach out to us for help, they need a legal team that understands what’s at stake. Our New York fire attorneys know how seriously an injury can disrupt your ability to make a living and enjoy your daily life.
When we fight for you, know that we are committed to communication and transparency. In many ways, hiring an attorney is an act of trust. You have to know that we are going to do everything it takes to secure the outcome you need. When you need to get in touch with us, we make sure we are available to discuss your case and answer any questions or concerns that may arise. While we have been fighting cases like yours for years, we never take for granted the importance that each claim holds for our clients.
Our track record proves why many New Yorkers continue to hire us to handle their most sensitive cases. Two years in a row, our firm won four of the top 100 injury outcomes as reported by the New York Jury Verdict Reporter. Additionally, in 2012, our team won the highest reported jury verdict for a New York state construction injury case.
Fires Caused by Negligent Property Owners
Fires may put guests, residents, or employees at a high risk of sustaining very serious injuries if property owners don’t install the necessary safety devices to prevent these disasters or help mitigate them. The following may be considered unacceptably negligent actions on a property owner’s behalf:
- Failing to install or maintain fire alarms
- Failing to install or maintain sprinkler systems
- Failing to clearly mark fire exits
- Failing to keep fire exits clear of potential obstructions
- Failing to address fire hazards such as improperly installed electrical wiring
These kinds of mistakes may put those on the premises at an increased risk of being injured in the case of a fire. As a result, these injured individuals may hold that property owner responsible for their injuries.
In addition to being unimaginably painful, burns can leave victims and their families confronting ongoing rehabilitative expenses, limited mobility, and disfigurement. Burn injuries are most commonly categorized into the following:
- First-Degree Burns – A first-degree burn impacts the outermost protective layer of the skin referred to as the epidermis. Symptoms of a first-degree burn include mild to moderate pain and red skin.
- Second-Degree Burns – A second-degree burn harms both the epidermis and the dermis. Those with second-degree burns will experience acute pain, swelling, and blistering.
- Third-Degree Burns – These burns harm the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue beneath. Victims who suffer from third-degree burns experience excruciating pain. Their burns may appear white, black, or even charred.
- Fourth-Degree Burns – Victims with fourth-degree burns may permanently lose feeling at the site of the injury. Additionally, they may incur damage to the muscle and bone beneath the skin, causing loss of mobility.
When injuries and burns are serious enough, they may ultimately claim the lives of victims. If you have lost a loved one because of a serious burn, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Though filing a wrongful death claim won’t bring your loved one back, it can provide much-needed resources to help your family cope with your loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve been injured in a fire, we are ready to answer your questions. Read over some of our frequently asked questions and reach out to us at (212) 779-0057 to learn how you may benefit from the guidance of one of our attorneys.
What is Premises Liability?
Premises liability typically refers to the area of personal injury law that allows victims to take action against a negligent property owner when a defect or danger on their property is to blame for an injury. On both residential and commercial properties, fires are often caused by unsafe conditions. As such, injuries caused by fires often fall into the classification of a premises liability matter.
What is Duty of Care?
Duty of care is the legal responsibility that a property owner owes to guests. The legal duty of a property owner differs depending on what type of guest is injured on their property. If you are invited to be on a property, either explicitly or implicitly, you are typically considered an invitee. Legally, invitees are owed the highest level of care. Trespassers, however, are owed very few protections.
What Will a Wrongful Death Claim Do?
If you’ve lost a loved one in a fire caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Damages that surviving family members can collect may include funeral expenses, health care expenses incurred before death, and lost wages between the time of injury and death. In addition to these financial damages, a wrongful death claim may account for non-economic damages such as lost support, lost guidance, and pain and suffering.
Find out Your Legal Options after a Fire from a New York Lawyer
After your or a loved one has been injured in a fire that could potentially have been prevented, you may be feeling frustrated and uncertain of what to do. With the help of a lawyer from Hach & Rose, LLP, you might be able to pursue legal action against the irresponsible property owner and potentially obtain much-needed financial compensation. Find out how we can help you today by calling (212) 779-0057.