Defective Fire Alarm Injuries – What Are My Legal Rights?
Our first line of defense when it comes to fire safety is the smoke alarm, which has structures that can detect compounds associated with combustion. A functional smoke alarm or smoke detector will give you sufficient time to exit a building so you are not caught up in a raging fire. If you live in a rental property, it is vital that landlords do the right thing by examining, fixing and replacing your smoke alarms regularly to keep you safe. This is part of what’s legally termed as duty of care that is owed by landlords to their tenants. Any act of negligence such as not asking tenants to replace batteries regularly, or purchasing defective but cheap alarms in order to save money may be grounds for a fire injuries lawsuit should you suffer injuries in an apartment fire. In such instances, you have every right within the law to go after your compensation by way of damages, and we’re here to help with that.
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In order to have a valid apartment fire lawsuit, the following must be present:
- You must prove that the property owner owed you a duty of care to maintain the smoke detector
- You must show that the individual breached this duty of care
- The breach of the duty of care via a negligent action caused damages
- The damages are quantifiable and can be compensated via a civil lawsuit
The shocking and tragic statistics state that 3 out of 5 house or apartment fires had no working smoke alarms or no alarms at all at the time of the fire. This means that dysfunctional or not present fire alarms or smoke detectors lead to twice the number of fatalities compared to homes that have these fire warning tools.
The U.S. Fire Administration urges home owners and renters use two types of fire alarms: photoelectric and ionization alarms, which respond differently according to the type of smoke produced by different types of fires. A dual-sensor smoke alarm or detector will cover the ground so to speak, and alert you of virtually any type of smoke so you can make a clean exit or call 911 in a timely manner.
Here are some of the common reasons why a fire alarm or smoke detector may fail:
- Hardware failure due to manufacturer defect
- Landlord not maintaining these devices regularly
- Disconnected batteries
- Improper placement
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If you were injured in a house or apartment fire that you suspect started due to negligence on the part of the super, landlord or property owner, we’d love to hear from you. Please give us a call NOW at (773) 825-3605 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.