Common Causes of Miami House Fire Injuries
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) statistics, over a five-year period, cooking equipment was the biggest cause of home fires and related injuries and casualties and smoking was the leading cause of home fire fatalities.
Many other home fire injuries result from faulty electrical distribution and heating equipment, smoking materials (i.e., tobacco products), and intentional fire setting.
Most fire-related fatalities were not caused by burn injuries, but by inhaling smoke or toxic gasses.
Also, almost three of five home fire fatalities were caused by fires in which either smoke alarms were missing (35%) or an alarm was present and should have operated but did not do so (17%).
If you, or a loved one, have sustained serious injuries after a house fire accident, Sean M. Cleary, Miami personal injury attorney, is here to help. If you've suffered fire-related property damage to your home, you can recover compensation under your insurance policy to repair or replace your property. However, the attorneys who can assist you in navigating the insurance claim process are property damage attorneys, not personal injury attorneys. As a personal injury law firm, our team is dedicated exclusively to helping people who have sustained serious injuries.
NFPA informs that a home fire occurs every 87 seconds and statistics released by the Florida State Fire Marshal's Office reveal that, in the last year of available data, Florida saw 200 civilian fatalities and 1,312 injuries. 19 of the fire-related deaths took place in Miami-Dade County, where there were registered 1,764 structure fires. Getting injured in a home fire is a traumatic experience, and especially scary when you live in a multi-family residential building. Fires generally start when tenants are doing common chores and, in some cases, their cause may be unseen.
A fire at your home that results in personal injuries gives you the right to hold the negligent parties accountable and file a personal injury claim or a lawsuit. But there are many different types of claims you could bring after your life has been upended by house fire as some of the most common house fire injuries include:
- Injuries caused by defective product fires, such as defective cell phones, appliances, or power tools
- Injuries caused by faulty fire safety equipment fires, such as smoke detectors, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire escapes, fire extinguishers
- Injuries caused by kitchen and cooking equipment fires or fires caused by tossed cigarettes or trash burning, candles, indoor decorations
- Injuries caused by gas and explosion fires started by gas line leaks, or gas lines that were poorly installed, maintained, or repaired
- Injuries caused by electrical fires resulting from faulty electrical equipment, wiring, or maintenance. Faulty wiring is the number one cause of electrical fires although electrical wires fires are some of the most preventable ones. Faulty wiring occurs for several reasons, including age, rodents, roaches, shoddy installation, and overloading of the electrical system
- Injuries caused by furnace or water heater fire resulting from poor installation, maintenance, or faulty repair
- Injuries caused by chemical fire resulting from the use of chemicals or improper chemical storage
Because there are so many different ways a fire can begin, there are often multiple responsible parties that may be held liable for your injuries.