If a house fire caused by negligence has resulted death for your loved one, you should contact a wrongful death lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm, LLC. In an instant, life can turn upside down as the result of a lethal fire. The individual or corporation responsible for the house fire likely has an attorney representing their interests, and we advise that you should, too. A wrongful death lawyer will investigate the circumstances surrounding the house fire and determine who can be held liable for your loss.
Negligence and Fire Accidents
Fatal fire accidents can occur in homes, hotels, commercial establishments, or workplaces. These cases can be very complex, as multiple defendants may be liable. A wrongful death attorney can help to determine if any of the following have liability for the house fire:
- The owner of house or property
- A contractor
- The manufacturer of a defective product
What Are Examples of Negligence Resulting in A Fire Accident?
A defendant can be held liable when the fire was the result of their negligent actions. For example, if the property owner knew about faulty wiring and failed to repair it, their actions may be considered negligent. Examples of negligence for fires can include:
- Failure to repair known issues with faulty wiring
- Failing to install required smoke detectors
- Failure of a landlord to inspect smoke detection equipment
- Defective product that resulted in a fire accident
Again, many cases have multiple defendants who each hold some degree of liability in the fire accident. A wrongful death attorney can sort through these complicated claims and seek the maximum possible compensation.
Arson and Wrongful Death
In some cases, fire is the result of an intentional action, such as arson. A wrongful death lawyer can file a civil claim against the person committing this act for damages.
What Damages are Available in a Wrongful Death Case?
A wrongful death claim permits recovery of damages for losses the victim sustained as the result of the house fire accident. The types of damages available can vary by state, so we advise contacting a wrongful death lawyer about your situation. Damages may include:
- Medical expenses after the accident prior to the victim’s death
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages after the accident until the victim’s death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of future wages the victim would have earned through anticipated retirement
- Loss of retirement benefits, such as pension plans
- Loss of companionship
Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Pennsylvania, a personal representative of the deceased’s estate must file the wrongful death lawsuit. The court can assign a representative if no one was outlined in the deceased’s will. The beneficiaries of a wrongful death suit may vary by state. In Pennsylvania, beneficiaries can include the children, spouse, or parents of the victim. A wrongful death lawyer can perform a death beneficiary analysis when multiple beneficiaries are involved.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer at the Wieand Law Firm Today
Contact the Wieand Law Firm, LLC to speak with an experienced wrongful death lawyer about the circumstances regarding your claim. We offer a free consultation to listen to you and help explain your legal options. Call us at 215-666-7777 or send us a message and speak directly to an attorney who can help you seek justice and compensation for your loved one’s wrongful death.