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IF YOU OR A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY HAVE EXPERIENCED SMOKE INHALATION, BURNS, WRONGFUL DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE DUE TO SMOKE-CAUSED FIRES IN YOUR BUILDING, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVERY. READ ON FOR MORE INFORMATION.
From 1992-2002, 30,791 fires (5% of all fires) were smoking-related fires, which resulted in 675 serious burn injuries and 102 wrongful deaths. Smoking-related fires are often caused by the negligence of property owners, who knowingly allow tenants to smoke in their dwelling units. When cigarettes contact flammable items or materials such as mattresses, bedding or upholstered furniture, they can start a fire that can burst into flames.
The smoke produced by these fires can render people in the vicinity unconscious, and cause them permanent lung damage and even death. And the flames can cause people serious burn injuries and death.
When property owners, operators, controllers, managers, etc., rent to people, they are obligated by law to keep those premises safe. Smoking is universally known to be dangerous conduct. There is no law - Constitutional or otherwise - that requires landlords to allow people to smoke in their own apartments. If landlords do allow tenants to smoke in their apartments, the landlords are creating an unnecessary and foreseeable risk of a smoking-related fire, and cannot shift the risk of harm from such fire from themselves to someone else.
By allowing people to smoke in their apartments, property owners are responsible for all serious personal injuries as well as property damage that may occur to innocent persons from fires caused by the smoking materials. Innocent victims of any such fires, and their families, would have the right to hold the landlords responsible for resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and wrongful death where it occurs.
Serious personal injuries are very difficult to evaluate. Different experts can disagree on dollar amounts. There is no single amount that everyone will agree is "fair." Insurance company representatives owe an allegiance to their employers to settle claims and lawsuits for as low a financial amount as possible.
Very few people can represent themselves sufficiently in these matters, and must rely on the services of an attorney who is an expert in these matters, if they are to receive the correct amount of money to compensate for their harm.
Serious personal injuries can have permanent, lasting effects that require lots of continuing medical attention, and what might seem at first to be a lot of money, could easily prove insufficient to cover these long-term costs. It is important to get help from a qualified serious personal injury lawyer so that you can get the money you need to help you recover from your injuries, not matter how long that should take.
If you or a family member has been burned or deprived of life due to an apartment fire caused from smoking materials, Attorney Search Network can help you find a first-rate serious personal injury lawyer who can help get you the monetary recovery you deserve and require.
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