Fire Lawsuit Lawyer

If you or your spouse, parent or child was burned or killed in a fire, you can contact our lawyers for help. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman have won numerous multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients with personal injury and wrongful death claims, including:

Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman

Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman

  • $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).

Independent Investigation by Fire Lawsuit Lawyer

If you hire a lawyer at our law firm, our team will conduct an independent investigation, which will involve the following:

  • Gathering and preserving evidence (should be done as soon as possible);
  • Determining all liable parties, meaning all persons, corporations and others who could be found at fault in a court of law and thus responsible to compensate the burned person;
  • Hiring 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.

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.

It 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.

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. Their investigation found that leaking propane gas that had been deodorized was the source. They won millions for the client, thereby holding the responsible company accountable.

Finding the Source

To determine where the flames started, the specialists first look at the following:

  • burn and char patterns, with deeply charred areas being closely examined;
  • the degree of decomposition of materials in the path of the flames, for example building materials and furniture.

Examining these patterns and the decomposition can lead to the “area of origin,” which is generally where there is deep charring and significant decomposition. Within this area is the “point of origin,” the precise location of the initial source of flames.

Witnesses can provide valuable information to investigators, including the materials that were present in the area of origin and whether they could have ignited with an adequate heat source, electrical or mechanical. Also of importance is determining whether any activity in or around the area of origin could have contributed to the ignition or spread of the blaze.

Fire Lawsuit Compensation

When someone has been severely burned, 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.

Wrongful Death

If someone dies in a blaze, 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 burned, were harmed by smoke inhalation, or were scalded, 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 something that person did caused the blaze, you will have a claim against that person, the company they work for and others.

Burned 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 fire settlement.

News

Hoverboard Ignites, Kills Girl, 3

A hoverboard that was recharging ignited, claiming the life of Ashanti Hughes, 3, and injured two other girls in Harrisburg, PA on Friday, March 10.  All three girls, two of whom sustained burns to 95 percent of their bodies, were transported to the burn unit at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where Ashanti died on Saturday morning. The two other girls remain in critical condition. Several hoverboard recalls have been issued due to the risk of this product igniting.

Death Count for Kozy Kottage Baze Rises to 4

Four people are dead after flames engulfed the Kozy Kottage, a Baltimore assisted living facility. Two others remain hospitalized. Seven people were inside the building, located in the 2800 block of Lawina Road, when a blaze started in the early morning hours on March 3. Authorities have not released the names of those who perished or were injured, but Jamie McHenry, 26, told the Baltimore Sun that said her 47-year-old father, James McHenry-Bey, is one of the four who have passed away.

 Toddler Dies, Father burned in Union City

Eddie Gonzalez Sr. is in critical condition at St. Barnabas Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for burns he sustained trying in vain to rescue his son Eddie Gonzalez Jr. who was weeks away from his second birthday. The child’s mother told CBS2 what happened to her family. “My son woke up when he saw the fire, and then he realized that the baby boy was still in the house. So he tried to go in, but the department didn’t let him go back in because he was already on fire.”

3 Children die in Carrington, ND, Father in Twin Cities Burn Unit

Alex Tufte, 11, Melody Tufte, 8, and Spencer Tufte, 7, tragically perished when their home, located in the Westside Trailer Court, was engulfed in flames. Their father, Brandon Tufte, was airlifted to the burn unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Their mother, Dawn Tufte and Garrett Phillips, 29, a roommate, were treated and released from a local hospital.

Man Airlifted to Burn Unit after El Cerrito Apartment Fire

When crews arrived at the apartment complex, which provides housing for those with special needs and the elderly, smoke and flames were pouring out of a ground-floor unit. Authorities found the man, who had suffered second-and-third-degree burns over 30 to 40 percent of his body, inside.

Ramada Inn Blaze Injures 2

A blaze at a Ramada Inn injured two people, including Johnathan Rodriguez, a police officer who ran into the burning building to knock on doors to wake guests so they could get out safely. He was treated for smoke inhalation. The other person, someone who was staying at the hotel, was treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

Man Dies in Duluth House Fire

A house fire in Duluth, MN has claimed the life of Ray Allen Nordin, 64, who was found unconscious inside.  Duluth officials say the blaze, which began in the main floor bedroom, was accidental and that smoking materials and a space heater are being investigated as potential causes.

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.