MYRTLE BEACH ATTORNEYS OF THE YATES FIRM
Fire & Burn Injury Lawyers in Myrtle Beach
If you sustained burn injuries in a fire someone else caused, contact The Yates Firm immediately. We can review your case and determine what your available legal options are. You might be entitled to compensation for your hospitalization, prescriptions, and other medical expenses.
Anything from a defective product to faulty wiring in a building could spark a fire. Burn injuries can be severe and lead to permanent scars. Some people face a painful recovery that requires surgery, skin grafts, and other extensive treatment.
The Yates Firm understands the trauma you experienced. We want to help you heal and get your life back on track. You can count on us to fight by your side until the end. Call us at 843-692-3237 today for a free consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.
Types of Fire and Burn Injury Lawsuits
A range of circumstances can cause a burn injury. A fire isn’t the only burn agent. The most common types of fire and burn injury lawsuits stem from:
- Scalding water
- Workplace accidents
- Building fires
- Electrical accidents
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Toxic material exposure
- Defective products
- Faulty wiring and electrical components
- Cooking accidents
- Inadequate fire safety equipment or exits
If someone else is at fault for your burn injury, do not hesitate to contact The Yates Firm. We can investigate and determine whether you have a case to pursue. We might be able to hold the negligent party liable and seek the compensation you deserve.
If my landlord was negligent, can I sue them for a fire?
Landlords are responsible for meeting safety codes, maintaining their properties, and installing fire or smoke detectors. A landlord could be liable for a fire if they don’t fulfill their obligations.
A fire can break out for many reasons. The landlord’s actions might be to blame in situations involving:
- Defective or missing smoke alarms
- Faulty wiring
- Malfunctioning heating equipment
- Gas leak
- Violating building codes
- Storing flammable materials incorrectly
- Failing to supply fire extinguishers
- Inadequate maintenance of electrical components
- Obstructed fire exits
- Failing to repair or replace defective or old appliances
You could hold your landlord liable for your burn injury if their actions contributed to the fire. You should seek immediate treatment and hire The Yates Firm to represent you. We can gather evidence and pursue an insurance claim or lawsuit on your behalf to recover the money owed to you.
Defective or Malfunctioning Products that Cause Fires
Manufacturers must ensure that they supply customers with safe products. They must meet all quality and safety standards and provide consumers with adequate warning of any potential risks. An error during the manufacturing process could result in an inherently dangerous product.
Three types of defects can cause a fire while you’re using a consumer product:
- Design defect – A design defect is a flaw or defect in the design of a product that makes it inherently unsafe to use.
- Manufacturing defect – A manufacturing defect occurs when the manufacturer assembles the product. The product is dangerous despite the manufacturer following the design because something went wrong in the making of the product.
- Failure to warn – A marketing defect refers to the manufacturer knowing of an existing flaw but failing to warn consumers. This failure can also involve marketing the product as safe despite knowing about its dangers.
You might be able to pursue legal action against the manufacturer if its product causes a fire. Defective products that can lead to fires and burn injuries include:
- Stoves, clothes dryers, and other household appliances
- Motor vehicles
- Extension cords
- Space heaters
- Electronics and batteries
- Portable generators
- Gas grills
Pursuing compensation from a manufacturing company for a fire can seem like a daunting task. You should contact The Yates Firm and let us prepare your case for you. The process can be complex and confusing, especially if you have never handled a product liability case. We know state laws and procedures for holding manufacturers accountable for their wrongdoings. Leave your case in our experienced hands.
Who Is Responsible for an Apartment Fire?
Multiple parties could be at fault for an apartment fire. It depends on the circumstances. Below are the parties commonly held liable for apartment fires.
Property Owner, Manager, or Landlords
Landlords, owners, and managers are legally obligated to maintain the apartment premises so they’re safe for their tenants, guests, and other people. If someone notifies the landlord or owner of dangerous conditions, they must address the problem immediately. They must also perform routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs. Knowingly exposing their tenants to hazards is negligent.
A landlord, manager, or owner might be at fault for a fire due to negligent actions, such as:
- Failing to meet fire and building codes
- Failing to provide fire extinguishers
- Poorly maintained furnaces or boilers
- Failing to fix or replace malfunctioning appliances
- Faulty electrical wires and gas lines
Landlords often hire third parties to perform various tasks on the property. Third parties that might be liable for an apartment fire include:
- Contractor in charge of construction on the property
- Electrician who installed wiring incorrectly or failed to address an electrical issue
- Manufacturer of a defective smoke alarm or sprinkler system
- Gas company for improper maintenance
- A subcontractor who didn’t adequately repair faulty appliances, electrical components, or wiring
Another tenant in the building could be at fault for the fire. If a resident causes a fire and the landlord is unaware of the dangerous behavior, the tenant might be liable for someone’s injuries.
Common reasons tenants cause fires include:
- Using unsafe cooking practices
- Allowing lint to build up in a clothes dryer
- Leaving a lit candle unattended
- Failing to report hazards to the landlord
Who Is Responsible for a Fire at a Commercial Lease?
Fires can occur on commercial properties, such as:
- Shopping malls
- Retail stores
- Fitness and recreation facilities
Various parties are responsible for maintaining the grounds, building, and equipment. Business owners must take adequate safety measures to prevent their guests from getting hurt if there’s a fire.
A fire at a leased commercial property could result from the negligent actions of:
- Business owner
- Property owner
- Maintenance worker
- Third-party contractor
Who Is Responsible for Fire Safety in the Workplace?
Employers must ensure their employee’s safety by establishing and enforcing safety and fire standards. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to follow these fire safety responsibilities:
- Create a fire preparedness plan for how to prevent fires
- Document escape routes everyone in the building can take if a fire occurs
- Educate all employees on the fire preparedness plan and what to do if there’s a fire
- Provide and maintain fire protection equipment, such as fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, and fire suppression systems
- Train employees on how to use fire safety equipment
Contact a Myrtle Beach Fire and Burn Injury Lawyer
The Yates Firm has a solid reputation for our work ethic and case results. We believe in providing injured clients with quality legal representation and services. We will deal with all aspects of your case so you can focus on recovering from your injury.
Our legal team understands your challenges after sustaining burns or another injury in a fire. We will remain in your corner every step of the way. You will be our top priority and receive personalized attention when you hire us.
If you sustained burn injuries due to someone else’s negligence, call The Yates Firm at 843.692.3237 for your free consultation. We will advocate for your rights and aggressively pursue the compensation and justice you deserve.