Columbus Fire Injury Lawyer
Although a property owner may not have been responsible for starting a fire, they can still be held liable for the fire if they failed to take reasonable measures to prevent it in the first place or to extinguish it.
The Columbus fire accident lawyers at Rinehardt Law Firm know how dangerous and deadly structure fires can be. We help victims take legal action and recover compensation for their losses.
Premises liability laws in Ohio require that property owners do everything possible to prevent a fire from happening. This includes repairing and maintaining electrical systems, keeping electric wiring up to code, and ensuring that ovens and stovetops are used safely.
A fire can engulf a structure in minutes, putting everyone inside at risk of serious injury or death. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that there are over 350,000 home fires every year, resulting in over 2,600 deaths and 11,000 injuries.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a fire and believe the property owner was responsible, the Columbus premises liability attorneys are here to help you. To take the first step in holding these negligent property owners to account, contact the Rinehardt Law Firm today by calling (419) 529-2020 and scheduling a free consultation.
Why You Need an Attorney?
Compared to some other personal injury cases, proving negligence in a premises liability claim can be a difficult and lengthy process. Filing a premises liability lawsuit without an attorney may sound easy enough, especially if you believe the facts of the case are black and white or the premises owner acted recklessly.
However, property owners and their insurance companies rarely admit fault for fires on their own and will try to persuade you to accept a small settlement to try to make your claim go away.
Hiring a skilled and experienced premises liability lawyer to work on your case not only shows the property owner that you are taking the case seriously, but it also gives you peace of mind that your case is being expertly handled so you can focus on your recovery.
A Columbus fire accident attorney will handle every aspect of your case from investigating the accident to gathering witnesses and experts, and finally, negotiating with insurance companies. You can’t afford to go at this alone so call the Rinehardt Law Firm today and take control of your future.
Why Choose Us?
Deciding to hire a premises liability attorney to handle your claim is a crucial decision, second only to whom you personally decide to work with. At Rinehardt Law Firm, we strongly believe that the client-lawyer relationship works only when you treat each other with respect.
From the moment you walk through our door for your consultation to the day we win, the Columbus premises liability attorneys will communicate with you every step of the way to ensure you are a part of the decision-making process.
While other law firms may accept an insurance company’s first offer, we vow to fight hard for the full amount you are entitled to, even if that means going to court. And with a free consultation and contingency fee arrangement, you don’t owe us anything unless we win.
Common Fire Cases We Handle
One of the first questions that must be answered in a fire premises liability case is whether the property owner can be held liable for the fire. This will determine whether your attorney can pursue damages. In the case of fires at a home or business, victims can take legal action if the fire was the direct result of the owner’s negligence. An example would be a fire that starts because of an electrical or wiring problem that the property owner knew existed but failed to repair.
Property owners are required by law to inspect and maintain their property to remove any potential hazard that could lead to a fire and endanger the lives of guests or customers. Fires can start for a number of reasons including the following:
- Failing to put out candles or fireplaces
- Improperly disposing of cigarettes or cigars
- Cooking in an unsafe manner
- Electrical issues or malfunctions
- Overheating appliances
- Faulty outlets
- Gas leaks
- Dryer fires from not cleaning dryer vents
Fire victims shouldn’t also have to face financial ruin due to large medical bills, lost wages, and other financial expenses related to the tragedy. In addition, fire victims also have emotional and mental trauma and pain and suffering related to the fire that they should be compensated for.
An experienced Columbus fire attorney can look at the details of your case and investigate the cause to see whether there were safety systems in place. From malfunctioning smoke detectors or sprinkler systems to improper fire exit systems, we can hold property owners accountable for their negligent actions and get you the compensation you deserve.
Types of Compensation You Can Recover
After investigating the details of your case and determining the property owner was at fault, we can then focus on holding them accountable through financial compensation. Financial compensation isn’t a bonus. You are faced with high medical costs, loss of wages, loss of potential wages (if you’re permanently disabled or unable to work in your previous profession) as a result of the fire, emotional trauma, and mental trauma, to name a few things.
You should be compensated for all of the losses you are suffering. Fire injuries are typically very severe and therefore require extensive medical care and rehabilitation.
Our team of knowledgeable and experienced attorneys will fight to get you the compensation to cover the following:
- Medical care including costly procedures like skin grafts to treat severe burns
- Long-term rehabilitation costs
- Cost of prescription medication
- Lost wages related to missing work as a result of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
In the event of a wrongful death lawsuit, we can seek compensation to pay for funeral expenses and loss of financial support if the deceased was your family’s primary money earner.
Contact Rinehardt Law Firm Today
For unsuspecting patrons or guests who find themselves inside a burning building, the experience can be life-altering, especially if you suffer severe burns or lose a loved one. At Rinehardt Law Firm, we have decades of experience representing fire victims and will treat your case with the care and compassion it deserves.
The Columbus premises liability attorneys will aggressively pursue your case and work tirelessly to get you every dollar you deserve. Take the first step and schedule a free consultation today by calling (419) 529-2020 and let us go over your legal rights and options moving forward.