Fire Lawsuit Attorney

Contact our law firm about a fire lawsuit and ask to talk with Fred or Eric for free. Fred and Eric have both been named “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics since 2004. Together, they have won numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for their clients, including:

  • $10 million for a man who was burned on over 60% of his body;
  • $6 million for a family in a wrongful death case;
  • $5.1 million for a man who lost a limb (they are currently representing another client who was severely burned in an explosion and lost his leg).

Pritzker Hageman law firm is on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Best Law Firms.”

Fire Investigation

In our cases involving severe burns, our lawyers:

  • Gather and preserve evidence (should be done as soon after the fire as possible);
  • Determine all liable parties, meaning all persons, corporations and others who could be found at fault for the fire in a court of law and thus responsible to compensate the burned person;
  • Hire experts in the fields of engineering, accident reconstruction and medicine to determine the cause of the fire, the severity of the pain and suffering (off the charts in sever burn cases),the estimated future medical expenses, the emotional pain suffered as a result of disfigurement and other legal issues that will determine the amount of compensation obtained.
House Explosion and Burns

Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman investigated the explosion and resulting fire that destroyed this house and severely injured our client. They won millions for the client, thereby holding the responsible company accountable.

These are huge expenses, and you should know that our law firm pays these expenses during the litigation process, and our law firm is not paid unless our lawyers win your case.

Lawyer Free ConsultationIt is also important to note the importance of hiring a law firm with the resources to win full and adequate compensation. Our law firm has the resources necessary to hire the best experts and dig until we find the evidence we need to win.

You can talk to one of our attorneys now: 612-338-0202 or click here for a free consultation.

When someone has been severely burned in a fire, a lawsuit on their behalf generally seeks compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses, which are always substantial and can include extended hospital stays, multiple surgeries, physical therapy, and long-term nursing care;
  • Cost of care;
  • Lost income, including an estimate of future income the burn victims will not be able to earn due to the burn injuries;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Disability;
  • Disfigurement;
  • Loss of quality of life;
  • Other damages.

Burn Injuries

Burns are classified according to severity, which is based on the amount of tissue damage.

  • Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Degree Burns. These burns involve the epidermal, dermal, subcutaneous and tissues under the subcutaneous layer (muscle, bone, etc). Skin is always lost. Muscle and/or bone is also either permanently damaged or lost. Surgery is always required and also long-term therapy.
  • Third-Degree Burns. A third-degree burn involves the epidermal, dermal and subcutaneous (under the skin) tissue. There is always skin loss. Third degree burn can also involve muscle, tendon and ligament tissue. Third-degree burns are characterized by charring and catastrophic damage to both skin and the subcutaneous tissue.  In cases where subcutaneous tissue is completely burned, the burn victim can develop compartment syndrome, a life-threatening situation.
  • Second-Degree Burns. Deep second-degree burns (burns that damage the dermis) can take weeks or months to heal.  Because the dermis was damaged, new skin covering the wound is weak, prone to blistering and breakdown.  Wound areas can undergo severe scarring.

In addition to the direct injuries, complications from severe burns include infection, fluid loss (possibly leading to kidney failure), over-resuscitation (too much water, leading to edema, hypoxia or airway obstruction), and death.

Compensation for Family after Wrongful Death

If someone dies in a fire, the surviving spouse and next of kin (through a court-appointed trustee) can sue the person or corporation responsible for the injuries. This is called a wrongful death lawsuit.

The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to compensate the family and to hold all wrongdoers accountable.  A person or company responsible for a fatal fire should pay for the expenses and losses associated with the deaths.

The family can generally sue for the following:

  • Funeral expenses;
  • Medical expenses, past and future;
  • Earnings, past and potential, that the decedent would have provided his loved ones if not for the wrongful death;
  • Loss of advice, care, comfort and companionship the deceased would have provided had he or she lived;
  • Punitive damages, upon clear and convincing evidence that the acts of the defendant showed deliberate disregard for the rights or safety of others.

The major cause of death after burns is respiratory tract injury or complications in the respiratory tract.  These include:

  • Inhalation injury
  • Aspiration in unconscious patients
  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Posttraumatic pulmonary insufficiency.

Smoke Inhalation

Most fire deaths are caused by the smoke, not the flames. When smoke is breathed in, the particulate matter and chemicals in the smoke can quickly cause respiratory failure and oxygen deprivation, which causes brain damage, cardiac dysfunction and often death.  Smoke inhalation can also result in burns to the throat, windpipe and lungs.

Apartment Fire

If you live in an apartment building or other common-living environment, the owner of the building has a responsibility to make sure you are safe.  If you are injured in a fire, burned by an appliance, or scalded by a defective faucet, you may have a case against your landlord.  If a defective product is involved, you may also have a case against the manufacturer, distributor and retailer of the product.

House Fire

Homeowner’s insurance covers house fires. In addition, if the house is being rented, the landlord may also be liable. If a defective product was involved (including a mattress), the manufacturer may be liable. If you hired someone to do maintenance or remodeling on your house, and the fire was caused by something that person did, you will have a claim against that person, the company they work for and others.

Burned in a Fire While Working

Work-related burns are a leading cause of occupational injury in the United States. An estimated 20 to 30 percent of all hospitalizations
due to burn injuries result from workplace exposures.

When someone is burned at work, the status of the person’s employment will determine who can be sued and for how much. If the victim is an employee and the employer is at fault, the employee is limited to workers’ compensation. If the victim is an employee and a company other than the employer is at fault, the employee may sue that company. This is called a third-party claim, and the employee can recover pain and suffering and other damages (even multimillion dollar amounts depending on the case). If the victim was a contract worker, the worker may sue whoever is at fault.

You can contact a fire investigation lawyer at 1-888-377-8900 and get your free consultation. Our attorneys have won millions for clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, including a $2.95 million settlement.

Fred Pritzker Contact

Fire News

  • A new study by the University of Dundee is the latest to find that smoke alarms often fail to wake children.  The findings, consistent with earlier studies, confirm the need for improved smoke alarm technology and for adults to wake children......

  • Sixty-three gas leaks have been discovered at a Medina, OH apartment complex where an explosion on February 9 killed two people and injured a third. Jacob Harley Drake, an 18-year-old man who was confined to a wheelchair, died in a fire......

  • An employee at First Student, a transportation company in Rochester, MN, was injured and taken to the hospital when a propane-fueled bus exploded in a garage on February 17. Five people were in the garage, located at 2021 32nd Ave.......

  • In 2016, the number of grain dust explosions hit a 10-year low, but fatalities were reported for the first time since 2013, according to a new report from the Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Five grain dust explosions last......

  • A boiler explosion has killed a Revere, MA  man. Reyes Bertrand,  50, a husband and father of two,  died while checking on a boiler that had recently been malfunctioning. The explosion occurred just after 4:30 a.m. on February 15 in......

  • A house fire in Duluth, MN has claimed the life of one man early this morning. Firefighters responding to the call just after midnight arrived to find the home, located in the 4500 block of Cooke Street, fully engulfed in......

  • Three people died in a Georgia house fire on Sunday, February 12,  including a 10-year-old girl, her mother and former NFL player Quentin Omario Moses. Fire officials aren’t sure what started the fire that killed Jasmine Godard, her mother Andria,......

  • An 18-year-old man who was bedridden died in a fire after an explosion in a Medina, OH apartment building. His parents suffered severe burns trying to save him. Firefighters were called to the scene just after 3:15 a.m. on February......

  • Five people were injured and another is missing after an explosion and fire at the Phillips 66 Paradis Pipeline Station in the St. Charles parish of New Orleans on February 9. Three of the injured workers were treated at the scene.......

  • Three men died and seven others were injured in an explosion at Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) in DeRidder, AL on February, 8. William Rolls Jr., 32; Jody L. Gooch, 40; and Sedrick Stallworth, 42  died in an explosion that occurred while their......

  • A Reed College student, Mara Gibbs, has died from injuries she sustained in a February 5 apartment fire in Southeast Portland, OR. Firefighters arrived at the off-campus apartment, located at the Garden Park Apartments on Southeast 30th Avenue, at 5:15 a.m.......

  • Burn injuries are a leading cause of injury and death in the United States. Because it is National Burn Awareness Week, February 5-11, 2017,  the American Burn Association (ABA) has compiled some safety tips to reduce the risk of injury.......

Our lawyers have won cases against large companies doing business throughout the United States: Alabama AL, Arizona AZ, Los Angeles, California CA, Colorado CO, Connecticut CT, Delaware DE, Florida FL, Georgia GA, Iowa IA, Illinois IL, Indiana IN, Kansas KS, Louisiana LA, Massachusetts MA, Maryland MD, Maine ME, Michigan MI, Minnesota MN, North Carolina NC, North Dakota ND, Nebraska NE, New Hampshire NH, New Jersey NJ, New York NY, Ohio OH, Oklahoma OK, Oregon OR, Pennsylvania PA, Rhode Island RI, South Carolina SC, South Dakota SD, Tennessee TN, Texas TX, Utah UT, Virginia VA, Washington WA, West Virginia WV, Wyoming WY.