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What to Do if You Were Injured in a Fire in Brooklyn

House fires are an extremely dangerous situation for residents. While there are many different causes for a fire, sometimes the fire or the explosion can be caused by a defect in the building or in the appliances in a residence. Other times, a fire can be caused accidentally, but it can be worsened because the owner of the building did not take the necessary precautions to minimize injury to the building’s occupants. If you or someone you love was injured in a fire because of another person’s negligence, you should speak with a Brooklyn fire injury lawyer at Belushin Law Firm as soon as possible.

What are my legal options?

Premises liability is the legal term for a type of lawsuit where an injured person claims that their pain and suffering was caused by negligence on the part of the owner of the building. In fire situations, landlords and building owners have legal responsibilities to construct buildings in a manner that does not unreasonably endanger the inhabitants of the building. This includes ensuring that the building satisfies state and local fire codes by making sure there are enough emergency exits, smoke detectors, and other fire prevention measures.

If a landlord or building owner fails to take these precautions, he or she is unreasonably placing the occupants of the building at risk. If you have been injured because there were inadequate fire safety precautions in a building, you should speak with a Brooklyn premises liability lawyer about filing a lawsuit.

Fires Caused by Negligence

Fires are generally caused by open flames, malfunctioning appliances, and electronics, or explosions due to gas leaks. Fires can potentially be caused by the negligence of a property owner if the owner was negligent in the installation of gas lines or appliances. However, the negligence of a property owner can also cause fire and explosion injuries due to the absence of fire prevention measures. The injuries that result from fires can be serious, permanent, and life-threatening. They can include burn injuries, which result in scarring, disfigurement, organ damage, and amputation.

Fires also cause smoke inhalation, which is marked by coughing and vomiting and can cause lung damage and burns to the mouth and throat. In dangerous fires, flame and smoke inhalation can result in the death of the fire victims. In these cases, the family of the deceased may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the property owner to compensate for the loss of their family member. If you or someone you love was injured in a structure fire, you should call a Brooklyn fire attorney who can represent you in your premises liability claim.

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