New Jersey Fire Accident Lawyers
Whether in a residential structure, commercial establishment or even at work, the trauma and injuries sustained in a fire can be devastating. After escaping a fire, you may determine that fire-related injuries could have been prevented if simple safety precautions were in place. You may have the right to financial compensation under New Jersey law.
There is no amount of financial compensation that can ever truly make you whole again after suffering a serious fire injury or losing a loved one. Financial compensation will help you receive the best medical treatment and ease the financial stress caused by your injuries.
Consequences of Fire Injuries
Severe burns are some of the most difficult and painful injuries to treat. Our firm has assisted clients after their admission and treatment at the best burn centers throughout New York and New Jersey. We have had several clients overcome severe second and third degree burns after treatment at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (formerly St. Barnabas).
Smoke inhalation is actually the leading cause of death among fire injury victims. 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:
- Lung damage
- Loss of lung capacity
- Pulmonary damage
Unfortunately, smoke inhalation injuries are not as easy to recognize as a fire injury causing burns. Because of this, victims often do not receive immediate medical care. Symptoms may include:
- Coughing and shortness of breath
- Changes to the skin color
- A hoarse speaking voice
- Soot in the nostrils and/or throat
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.
Who is Liable For My Injuries After a Fire Accident?
At Mandelbaum Barrett, 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 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:
- Installing appropriate fire alarms, sprinklers, and fire prevention systems
- Making sure fire alarms, sprinklers, and fire prevention systems are in good working order
- Maintaining fire escapes
- Keeping all fire exits clear of obstacles
- Making sure fire exits are clearly marked
- Maintaining the property’s electrical system to prevent fires caused by faulty wiring
The simple act of installing working fire alarm systems can save a life and prevent severe fire injuries. At Mandelbaum Barrett, our attorneys 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 history of safety violations.
Our investigative work will often assist if and when we need to litigate the case and hold the other party accountable.
Please call our attorneys today at 973-585-5100.