If you have been injured as a result of a fire that someone else recklessly caused, you may be entitled to compensation from that person or their insurance carrier. For more information, continue reading or contact us now to talk a to fire injury lawyer about your case.
Fires can cause severe personal injuries
Fires can cause serious injuries, and even death. A fire can burn your flesh, causing permanent damage to the tissues and organs underneath. Burns can range from first degree to third degree. If you experience any type of burn injury, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Fire injuries can happen from many different types of events. Your home may catch fire due to faulty electrical wiring. Your home could also catch fire that is spreading from other lands. We have litigated cases where homes caught fire because of power lines that could not withstand the strong Oklahoma winds, and downed lines can cause grass fires that spread.
Oklahoma is well known for wild fires that occur in the dry season, right before the rains of the wet spring season. It is very common for ranchers and landowners to burn cedar trees and other brush. However, if proper care is not taken during these fires, or if they are conducted during extremely dry conditions, or during burn bans, there is a higher risk that the fire can spread and cause monumental damage.
Damages recoverable in a Fire Injury Lawsuit
Under Oklahoma law, you may recover legal damages from the person who caused the fire. The term damages is simply a legal phrase that means compensations or money that is awarded during a lawsuit. If someone causes a fire, and that fire injures you or damages your property, you have a right to sue that person for compensation.
Oklahoma law allows certain categories of damages, or compensation, for fire injury lawsuits. That means that you may sue for the following damages in a fire injury case:
- Medical Bills, past, present, and future
- Pain and Suffering, past, present, and future
- Lost wages or income, past, present, and future
- Disfigurement to your body from the burns
Further, the jury may consider the nature and extent of your injuries, as well as your age, your physical condition before the accident. You may use all of this criteria when demanding compensation for your injuries.
Hiring a Fire Injury Attorney in Oklahoma
If you have been injured by a fire that someone else caused, you should contact our office to discuss your case. Attorney Travis Charles Smith has represented clients just like you, who one day had a normal life, and the next day were victims of serious catastrophic events.
Why hire a Fire Injury Lawyer for your case?
The number one reason to hire a lawyer like Travis is to maximize the amount of compensation you can obtain for your injuries. In the high stakes world of lawsuits and insurance claims, it’s not just about getting money; it’s about maintaining the right to even bring the claim to begin with.
There are many loopholes and technicalities in insurance coverage, especially as it relates to liability for fire damage. For this reason, you must conduct thorough discovery during litigation to uncover the evidence needed to get past these loopholes and technicalities.
For example, Oklahoma Corporation Commission guidelines are written in a way that really shields utility companies, such as OG&E, from liability for faulty construction of power lines. Other examples include the fine print in insurance policies that keep the insurance carrier off the hook for certain types of fire cases.
Additionally, insurance companies will not even discuss settlement until they have thoroughly exhausted the possibility of dismissing your case. This means that they will ask the judge, multiple times during the lawsuit, to dismiss the case. They will cite case law, the Corporation Commission rules, and the fine print of their insurance policies.
All of this is just part of the process of bringing a lawsuit in a fire injury case. Our office is well versed in litigation against large companies in Oklahoma, and we have a track record of settlements for our clients.
For a free consultation, call 405-724-8112 or send us an email.