Fire & Burn: Frequently Asked Questions
At Carter Mario Injury Lawyers, we've helped many innocent people who've suffered burns due to the negligence of others. To better assist our clients, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions regarding fires and burns. If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.
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How should I report a fire?
If you're in a public building and notice a fire, the first thing you should do is locate and pull the fire alarm. This will alert everyone in the building of the fire. After you've safely vacated the building, you should dial 911 or call your local fire department. Tell the dispatcher the address of the building that's on fire, how big the fire is, and where the fire is located in the building.
What are the dangers of smoke inhalation?
Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by smoke inhalation is the most common cause of death during a fire. Other harmful effects of smoke inhalation include burns to the face, nose, mouth, throat, and lungs. To avoid possible injuries from smoke inhalation in the event of a fire, crouch low to the floor and exit the building as quickly as possible. Covering your mouth and nose with a wet rag can also buy about one minute of protection for your lungs. If you are trapped and can't get out, block smoke by covering vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape.
Who's responsible for a fire or burn injury?
There are a number of parties who may be held responsible for a fire or burn injury, including:
- The manufacturer of a defective product that starts a fire,
- The driver of a vehicle who caused an accident or fiery crash,
- A business owner who failed to adhere to fire safety guidelines,
- The landlord or property owner, in cases of residential fires,
- Or any individual who causes an accident through negligence-or failure to act with reasonable care.
How can I prove responsibility for my injuries?
Proving liability in a burn injury case isn't often straightforward as several parties could be responsible for the accident that caused your burn. Our Connecticut burn injury lawyers at Carter Mario know what evidence to look for in burn injury cases. We can help you determine who's to blame for your injuries, whether they were caused by a defective product, work-related accident, or more.
Can I receive compensation for my burn injuries?
Yes. Depending on the details of your case, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries. Burn injury damages-or financial compensation received in a settlement or trial-are usually dependent upon the severity of your burns, how the accident occurred, and how your injuries have affected your life.
To determine the amount of compensation you may be owed, our Connecticut burn injury lawyers will investigate all aspects of your case, including the costs of your medical treatments and rehabilitation, the amount of wages you've lost, and the pain and suffering caused by your injury.
Please contact us today for more information about your rights.