Apartment fires led to approximately 325 deaths, 3,375 injuries, and $711 million worth of property damage in 2016, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These fires mostly stem from cases of human error, such as unattended kitchen equipment, electrical appliances, cigarettes, candles, or children left alone. However, fires can also be caused by intentional arson. The NFPA also states that January is historically the worst month for apartment fires and related deaths. Most apartment fires tend to happen between 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Apartment fires not only lead to substantial property damage, but can cause personal injury and even death. The most common injuries include:
If you’ve lost property, sustained an injury, or lost a loved one in an apartment fire, you may be enduring great discomfort, pain, or loss. We can provide support and pursue your rightful compensation so that you can focus on rebuilding your home and recovering from the damage.
The law requires apartment complexes to maintain fire safety equipment, such as fire alarms on the property. If the fire was the result of negligent action on the part of your landlord, you can pursue compensation for any injuries or property damage you have suffered.
Even if the fire was not the fault of your landlord, you still have basic rights after an apartment fire:
A landlord’s failure to provide a habitable living environment after an apartment fire can allow you to break your lease with no penalty if your unit breaks Michigan Health and Safety Codes. We can help you determine if this is your best option and guide you through the process.
In a case in which someone else is responsible for the fire, you also have the right to seek compensation if the fire started through malicious intent or willful negligence.
All cases of arson are punishable by a fine and possible prison time, dependent on the category of arson and the scale of the damage caused.
Dealing with the aftermath of an apartment fire can be extremely stressful, whether the damage is done to your unit, or injuries to yourself, or a loved one. We at Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co., L.P.A. will use our 60 years of experience to help you understand your rights and fight for your best interests and fair compensation.
Contact us today to get started on your apartment fire case. We can help you determine if negligence or intentional arson played a part in your fire damage and get you fair compensation for your losses.