NEW YORK CITY AND WESTCHESTER COUNTY ATTORNEYS THAT HANDLE FIRE AND BURN CASES
Our New York Fire Accident Lawyers Will Fight Hard To Make Sure
You Get The Justice You Deserve
A fire is a terrifying event that forever changes the lives of anyone who has experienced one. In an instant, burn victims can lose all of their earthly possessions, suffer disfiguring and extremely painful injuries and unfortunately sometimes death. Our New York fire accident lawyers have the experience and compassion to successfully handle fire and burn cases. Whether you have smoke inhalation or have to undergo skin grafts, it is horrible that you have had to go through this terrible experience. Our New York fire accident lawyers have visited our clients in burn units and photographed them so we can later document what they are going through. Most often, the victims of a fire are forced to suffer because someone else was negligent or careless and in many cases violated the law.
Our New York City personal injury lawyers, who represent New Yorkers that have suffered personal injuries in fire accidents, have even sought punitive damages against property owners who cause fires by using unlicensed laborers to do electrical work or who violate the electrical code. The serious and often irreparable consequences of a fire require that property owners be careful and follow the law. New York State, New York City and most of the towns and cities in Westchester such as White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Greenburgh, Port Chester have laws that are intended to prevent fires and protect the people once a fire has broken out. Examples include electrical codes that require certain types of wiring, requirements of who may perform wiring, fire retardant requirements such as fireproof walls, fireproof and self closing doors, fire alarms, sprinkler requirements, and egress requirements such as fire escapes. Our experienced Westchester fire accident lawyers are thoroughly familiar with these codes and have the experience to make sure we prove your case.
OUR NEW YORK FIRE ACCIDENT LAWYERS THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATE EVERY FIRE
To properly represent our burn victim clients, our New York City and White Plains fire accident lawyers often consult with experts including electrical engineers and retired fire marshals to evaluate the cause of a fire and prove liability. In our New York City fire cases, our attorneys know that any investigation starts with the New York City Fire Department Battalion Report, and the Cause and Origin report. In our Westchester fire cases, our White Plains fire accident lawyers routinely take the depositions of the Westchester cause and origin team. If our attorneys are retained soon after a fire, we can secure a Court Order requiring a property to permit our lawyers and our expert to enter the premises and photograph it before any repairs are made so that we can quickly determine the cause of a fire.
To properly represent our burn victim clients, our New York City and Westchester fire accident attorneys often consult with experts including electrical engineers and retired fire marshals to evaluate the cause of a fire and prove liability. In our New York City fire cases, our attorneys know that any investigation starts with the New York City Fire Department Battalion Report, and the Cause and Origin report. In our Westchester fire cases, our White Plains fire accident lawyers routinely take the depositions of the Westchester cause and origin team. If our attorneys are retained soon after a fire, we can secure a Court Order requiring a property to permit our lawyers and our expert to enter the premises and photograph it before any repairs are made so that we can quickly determine the cause of a fire.
NEW YORK FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY INJURY CASES If you are a firefighter who was injured on the job or the family member of a firefighter who died in line of Duty. Our New York personal injury attorneys who handle firefighter injury cases in Westchester and New York City are on your side.
Firefighters in New York are among the best firefighters in the world and face some of the most dangerous situations. Both the volume and complexity of the situations which New York firefighters face routinely puts them in harms way and exposes them to danger. These hazards are often created by illegal activity or property owners who do not follow the law or violate statutes, ordinances and other laws. Fortunately in New York, firefighters who are injured or killed because of a failure to comply with a law, can sue those responsible for causing their line of duty injuries.
New York’s General Municipal Law 205-e allows an injured New York firefighter to sue anyone who failed to comply a statute or ordinance directly or indirectly caused the a fire fighter’s injury. Section 205-e allows firefighters in New York to sue where a fire fighter is injured by another’s failure to comply with the requirements of any of the statutes, ordinances, rules, orders and requirements of the federal, state, county, village, town or city governments or of any and all their departments, divisions and bureaus. Our New York City and Westchester County Fire Fighter Line of Duty Injury Attorneys have handled numerous Section 205 cases and have the experience to win your case.
Regulations which allow firefighters to sue include the penal law, City Ordinances which require property owners to maintain and control property in a safe manner, Labor Laws that require safe workplaces, New York State, New York City and other electrical codes, codes which require buildings to have self closing doors, fire sprinklers and many other situations where a code, law or ordinance was not complied with. There is also a relaxed standard of causation between the violation of law and the injury or death. An injured firefighter only needs to prove a practical or reasonable connection between the statutory or regulatory violation and the injury or death.
For firefighters injures responding to fires at construction sites, additional legal requirements apply which are supposed to prevent fires from spreading. For example, According to OSHA Standard 1926.24, requires that all employers must develop and maintain “an effective fire protection and prevention program” throughout all phases of construction at a building site. Additionally, fire protection and suppression equipment, such as a fire extinguisher, must be readily available for workers to use in the event of a fire during all phases of a New York building project. Among other requirements, OSHA Standard 1926.150(a)(1) imposes a duty on employers to ensure that a water supply is accessible for immediate use if a fire breaks out on the building site. Where a construction site owner and general contractor failed to comply with fire safety requirements and a fire fighter is injured, they can sue.
WHAT CAUSES FIRE ACCIDENTS
CAUSE AND ORIGIN
Our New York fire accident lawyers know that the one of the most important aspects of any fire case is proving cause and origin. In simple terms, that means what caused the fire to start. Determining how a fire started is incredibly important in proving that the fire was caused by the negligence of the property owner or a contractor. Often fault electrical work, including work done by unlicensed contractors and electrical panels and wires which are not properly insulated or protected are to blame.
FIRES ON INDUSTRIAL WORK SITES
Fires are a constant danger on construction and industrial sites. Fires caused by electricity or explosions from fumes are unfortunately a risk that many construction workers and other industrial workers face on a daily basis. For example when buried electrical lines are not properly marked, workers performing excavation are at risk. Accidents also occur when workers perform demolition and temporary electrical sources are not set up and the old electric shut down. Fumes from paint and other inflammatory or explosive substances also present constant threats to New York’s construction workers.
BURN INJURIES AND WRONGFUL DEATH IN BUILDING FIRES
If you rented an apartment in a building and were burned or had a loved one who died in a fire in a residential building, you may be able to sue if the building was not up to Code, even where the building was not at fault for causing the fire. New York State, New York City and other local codes, codes require multi-family buildings to have adequate warnings and fire suppression systems, such as smoke detectors, self closing doors to prevent the spread of fire, fire sprinklers, working fire escapes and other safety features to detect a fire early and give tenants an opportunity to escape.
A flash fire can happen in a matter of second. The usual cause is an open flame, such as a pilot light and some type of flammable vapor that comes into contract with a heat source. Our fire injury lawyers have experience in handling flash fire cases. We prove these cases by showing that buildings were not in compliance with laws, which require that building turn off gas lines when hazardous chemicals are used.
WRONGFUL DEATH FIRE ATTORNEYS
If your love one perished in a fire that was caused because of negligence or because a building owner did not follow the New York State and local codes, then our Westchester County and New York City fire death lawyers, will fight to the fullest extent of the law to get you the compensation you are entitled to. New York law allows the next of kin to recover for their family members pain and suffering and any loss of financial support caused by the decedent's death.
Our Experienced New York Fire Accident Lawyers Can Prove Your Case. Consultations Are Always Free- No Fee Unless We Get You Money
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