Few things are more terrifying than finding yourself trapped by a fire. Whether in a residential structure, commercial establishment or even at work, the trauma and injuries sustained can be devastating. When you escape only to discover that your fire injuries could have been prevented had the property owner taken simple safety precautions, your right to financial compensation under New Jersey law can work to hold the negligent party accountable.
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Landlords, store owners, and business owners all have a duty to take reasonable steps to keep their property safe under premises liability law. This includes taking precautions to prevent fires. At Team Law, our injury lawyers have dedicated our 60-year practice to helping thousands of injured clients recover fair compensation for their injuries—and we have successfully recovered millions in the process to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions and omissions.
We know that no amount of financial compensation can ever truly make you whole again after suffering a serious fire injury—or losing a loved one much too soon. Financial compensation can only help you get the high-quality treatment that you deserve and ease the financial stress caused by your injuries.
To learn more about legal options for protecting you and your family from the financial impact of fire injuries, call our New Jersey injury lawyers for a free case evaluation today. You can also fill out this online contact form to tell us what happened.
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While smoke inhalation is actually the leading cause of death among fire injury victims, severe burns are some of the most difficult and painful injuries to treat. Smoke inhalation can be particularly damaging because smoke caused by a burning building often contains harmful chemicals and particulates. Fire injuries involving smoke inhalation can lead to:
Unfortunately, smoke inhalation injuries are not as easy to recognize as a fire injury involving severe burns. Because of this, victims often do not receive immediate medical care. Symptoms to watch for include:
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Burn injuries sustained in a fire often cause damage that goes far beyond the damage to the skin. Advances in medical treatments available for burn and fire injury victims have increased the survival rate dramatically—but victims may continue to face a lifelong struggle and years of painful treatments.
These treatments and the injuries themselves are often excruciatingly painful and leave the fire injury victim with permanent scarring and disfigurement.
At Team Law, we conduct a comprehensive investigation into your case to determine whether the property owner’s negligence was the root cause of your fire injuries. If someone else owned the property where the fire took place, you may be entitled to compensation based on New Jersey premises liability laws.
Premises liability essentially places responsibility on property owners for ensuring that their property is reasonably safe for anyone legally entitled to be present on the property. This includes:
The simple act of installing working fire alarm systems can save a life and prevent severe fire injuries. At Team Law, our lawyers work tirelessly to hold negligent property owners accountable for preventable fire injuries. We examine all documentation related to the fire, interview witnesses and even investigate the property owner’s past history of safety violations to get to the bottom of what happened in your case.
To get compensation based on New Jersey premises liability law, we work to prove the following necessary elements:
At Team Law, we understand that you may be struggling with your recovery. We are here to take on the burden of pursuing your legal right to compensation for your fire injuries. To speak with our experienced premises liability lawyers, call our office or contact us online to schedule a free case review today.
Several factors go into determining the amount of compensation that should be included in your fair compensation award. Those factors include:
-The extent of your injuries, and whether you were permanently disabled or disfigured,
-Your lost wages (current and future) and property damage caused by the fire,
-The extent of the emotional trauma caused by the fire,
-The cost of your medical care, both currently and into the future,
-The evidence that can be used to establish liability—in other words, what the property owner did or did not do to cause the fire.
Generally, you are entitled to receive reimbursement for all economic costs associated with your injuries and compensation for subjective harm, like pain and suffering, emotional distress and the ongoing trauma caused by scarring and disfigurement.
Our lawyers work closely with our injured clients to get a complete sense of how their fire injuries have impacted their lives. Getting to know you helps us make the strongest claim based on how the injury has harmed you physically and emotionally.
Compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress and other trauma is based upon factors that are both objective and subjective. In other words, both the physical pain caused by your injuries and treatment, and the detrimental impact that the trauma of the fire itself had on your life, are considered. With respect to the emotional element, relevant factors may include:
-Your need for ongoing psychological counseling,
-Whether you are able to function as you did prior to the injury,
-Whether you are having nightmares or otherwise experiencing ongoing fear or flashbacks.
In many cases, we work with cognitive and psychological experts to come up with a monetary figure that can be useful in reaching a settlement agreement that takes emotional trauma into consideration.
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