Unfortunately, apartment complex tenants may suffer burn injuries due to landlord negligence. Apartment tenant burns are most likely to be sustained from a fire or a water burn injury. As tenants are entitled to safety and security while in their apartments, when a landlord fails to keep tenants and others reasonably safe, they may be held liable for any injuries resulting from an apartment complex burn.
You may be entitled to compensation if you or a loved one has been burned while in an apartment complex. Contact the experienced team of attorneys at the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm to evaluate your case. Call (833) 254-2923 or contact us online to receive your free, no-obligation case review. Attorney Ali Awad, ‘the CEO Lawyer,’ established the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm and quickly turned it into one of the fastest-growing law firms in the country. If we take your case, you won’t pay anything until we win.
Apartment Complex Burn Injury Causes
Many things may lead to an apartment tenant becoming burned that a property owner’s diligence may have prevented, such as:
Burns from sinks, showers, or other water fixtures.
Frayed or damaged wires leading to a fire
Lack of smoke detectors/fire alarms
Old or faulty appliances
Blocked fire exits
Building code violations
Controlling apartment temperatures
Personal Injury Claims
If you or a loved one has sustained a burn injury that can be traced back to the negligence of your apartment complex landlord, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain, suffering, and funeral costs in the event of a wrongful death.
When Should You Talk to a Lawyer?
If you have been burned from either a fire or hot water exposure in an apartment, the first thing you should do is receive medical treatment. Next, you should speak with an experienced attorney to determine if you have a case. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to review the facts surrounding your unique case to determine whether or not your injuries were caused due to the negligence of another party. Burn accident injury victims may sustain severe injuries that can be permanent or require a substantial time to heal. If you suspect that your landlord may be negligent, it is essential to remember that other community members may be in danger. Speak with an attorney so that no one else may have to suffer what you have gone through. Your attorney will investigate the cause of the injury, determine who was at fault, calculate your damage, and fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Are Property Owners Obligated to Protect the Public?
Homeowners, landlords, and other building and property owners in Georgia are legally obligated to ensure that their properties are reasonably safe. Landlords are obligated to ensure that their building is up to code, does not have faulty wiring, is not overcrowded, has adequate fire safety devices, and does not have water fixtures that could burn their tenants. A landlord’s obligation may include:
Installing and maintaining fire alarm systems
Fire suppression systems
Properly operating smoke detectors
Federal, state, and local levels of government have adopted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 in the U.S. The NFPA 72 specifies “the application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems, fire warning equipment, and emergency warning equipment and their components.” Cities often adopt revisions of the code and make local fire codes specific to their governing authorities.
Faulty wiring is one of the most common causes of electrical fires. Several key warning signs can indicate a faulty wiring problem. Both landlords and tenants should keep an eye out for the following:
Charred or darkened outlets and switches
Dimming or flickering lights
Frequently blown breakers or fuses
Hot ceiling fixtures or light switches
Outlets that emit shocks
Landlords and property owners have a duty to know who resides in an apartment. In addition, they need to ensure that the number of occupants living in an apartment complex does not exceed the building’s occupancy allowance. Overcrowding may lead to the following:
An increase in the amount of combustible fuel for a fire. This can change the behavior of fire and lead to a more intense and aggressive fire.
An increase in the risk of ignition because of a more significant number of electrical appliances and excessive use of appliances like washing machines and dryers.
Obstructions to the safe evacuation of occupants.
Limitations of access for firefighters can exacerbate the number of deaths and injuries.
A landlord must ensure that all sinks, showers, and other water fixtures are equipped with handles that prevent the water temperature from exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperatures that exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit have the potential to cause severe burns. Third-degree burns may be caused by seconds of contact with water that exceeds 133 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are around hot water in your apartment, be sure to check the water temperature before exposing yourself to it. No water source in your apartment should be able to produce water that has a temperature exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Controlling Apartment Temperatures
When landlords attempt to control the temperature of units, it may leave tenants with no alternative but to resort to alternative heating methods, which may be unsafe and lead to a fire. Therefore, controlling the temperature of apartment units can be landlord negligence.
Burn Injury Victims
The American Burn Association reports that more than 485,000 victims of burn injuries were treated in the U.S. from 2011-2015. 73% of burn injuries in the U.S. occur in the home. Burn injuries may be devastating financially and emotionally. Burn injury victims may require skin grafts, plastic surgery, at-home care, counseling, or other medical treatments. Burn injury victims may sustain injuries that have life-long impacts
Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one are the victim of a burn injury, do not rush to accept a settlement from an insurer. As insurance companies are often for-profit corporations, they often attempt to cut costs by offering settlements that are almost always well below their full value. Instead, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney with experience handling burn injury cases after a burn injury. Call Ali Awad, ‘the CEO Lawyer,’ and his experienced team of personal injury accident attorneys today to receive a free, no-obligation consultation. We can assist you with exploring your legal options and avenues to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm by calling (833) 254-2923 or contacting us online. If we take your case, you won’t pay anything until we win.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
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