Most of the fires that cause burns are preventable.
But identifying exactly what caused the fire can be difficult. Cause and origin experts are commonly retained to review Fire Department investigations and reports. It is important that they begin their work as soon after a fire as possible.
Car fires often start after a collision. These fires can be due a mechanical failure.
See Avoiding burn injuries: What to do if your car starts on fire.
Home heaters can cause burns because of a design or manufacturing flaw. Smoke detectors or sprinklers may fail, or buildings do not have the proper fire escapes. Sometimes defective appliances, such as stoves or cloth dryers, can cause fires. Gas lines can start fires when they are not properly designed, inspected and maintained.
Determining who is ultimately responsible for fires, and finding the proper insurance, can be a long and complicated process.
It is vitally important that an investigation begins as soon as possible.
- Fire safety experts need to establish the cause while the scene of the incident is intact.
- Evidence needs to be documented as quickly as possible.
- Locating and interviewing witnesses while their memories are fresh can be very helpful in building a case.
We understand that burn injuries are devastating.
People with serious burns endure a long and painful struggle. They often need surgery and extensive rehabilitation, which is both expensive and painful.
In addition to pain and physical disfigurement, burn victims often experience emotional distress.
- The Phoenix Society promotes the physical and psychological recovery of people living with burn injuries. They offer articles and resources online, and provide one-on-one assistance through local hospitals.
- The Spiegel Burn Foundation provides advocacy and support for burn injury survivors and their families.
Burn injury lawyer Kevin Coluccio has successfully handled fire injury claims over the last 30 years. He has helped injured people and their families get the care they need to recover their health and well-being.