Who’s Liable for My Injuries in an Apartment Fire?
An apartment fire can be a devastating experience. Your belongings may have been damaged or even lost in the fire, and you or a loved one may have been seriously injured. When that happens, you need compensation that covers the costs of your lost property, your injuries, and the trauma you experienced. But who’s liable for those injuries and that experience?
If you were hurt in an apartment fire, talk to an injury lawyer at Kohan & Bablove LLP. Your lawyer can help you go after the compensation you’re due when you’ve lost so much in a fire.
Common Causes of Apartment Fires
After a California apartment fire, you may suspect someone else was responsible. But apartment fires can happen for a number of reasons, from a knocked-over candle to cooking mishaps and more. But when someone else causes the fire, you may have grounds for a lawsuit because someone’s careless behavior impacted your safety, your home, and your belongings.
Below are some ways your apartment fire may have occurred or worsened because of someone else’s negligence:
- Electrical malfunctions
- Lack of smoke detectors
- Faulty wiring
- Faulty fire extinguishers
- Pest infestations that damage wiring
Will My Renters Insurance Cover My Costs?
If you rent an apartment, you may have insurance to protect your property in case of a fire. But that insurance policy may not cover all your damages, or the impacts of your accident. A fire can be devastating, and your insurer may be unable or even unwilling to cover all the costs of your damages.
That’s because, in part, these insurance companies are for-profit businesses. That means they may put their profits over your recovery. In these cases, you may have trouble getting fairly compensated because they lowball your settlement or outright deny your claim, saying you were at fault for the damages instead. Your lawyer can help you fight back.
Holding the Liable Party Responsible
When you’re hurt in an apartment fire, you may need to first focus on identifying who’s responsible for your injuries and how to hold them accountable for the damage they caused. In many cases, the at-fault party is the landlord or property owner.
As property owners, they’re responsible for protecting the safety of their tenants as much as possible. That means checking fire alarms, providing extinguishers, and updating the wiring, as a few examples.
But in some cases, the apartment property owner may have done their part to protect your safety. Your injuries may have instead happened because a repair person failed to properly repair or install some wiring or an appliance. Their mistake may have led to the fire that caused so much devastation for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, your lawyer can help you pinpoint the at-fault party.
Get Help Proving Fault After an Apartment Fire
When you’re hurt in a fire, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the group or person that left you so seriously injured and/or financially devastated. But it can be tough to get a positive judgement without a lawyer.
Luckily, the lawyers at Kohan & Bablove LLP are here to stand up for you when you’re hurt. If you’re struggling to get compensated fairly after an apartment fire, reach out for a free consultation. Call 1-844-404-2400 or fill out the following online contact form to learn more.