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Fire Injuries and Death

Fire Injuries and Death

Evansville, IN & Owensboro, KY Area, Southern Illinois & Western Kentucky

The attorneys of Robert John & Associates have handled numerous burn injuries and fire death cases. Many of those have involved severe burn injuries and even deaths. Immediate retention of an attorney after a fire injury is vital to preserve evidence, hire fire experts, and potentially do scene investigation before the property is altered by the experts for the insurance company of the property owner.

There are more than 350,000 residential fires each year in the United States. Fires are horrific events. Losing your residence and belongings is beyond traumatic. Burn injuries are excruciating and disfiguring. Physical recovery can be extremely lengthy and painful. Emotional recovery from a fire injury may never be fully realized.

Unfortunately, and too often, residential fires result in fatalities. Based on population, Indiana and Kentucky are above the national average for fire deaths. In 2021, there were 176 fire deaths in Illinois, 81 fire deaths in Kentucky, and 101 fire fatalities in Indiana.

Common causes of fires are faulty electrical wiring, defective furnaces, gas leaks, cell phone and lap top chargers, pet beds near space heaters or the fireplace, overloading of plugs, dryer vents, aggressive extension cord use, and improperly cleaned fire places to name just a few.

Regardless of the fire's origin, escape is the primary issue. A residence should have adequate escape routes and occupants should have proactive fire drills. Working smoking detectors are vital and save lives! Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois each have laws that require landlords to equip rental units with working smoke detectors. Shockingly, smoke detectors are often not installed!

If your family has been adversely affected by a fire and suffered burn injuries and/or a fire death, reach out to Robert John & Associates. We have decades of experience in fire injury claims.

What to do if you or your family have been involved in a fire?

  • Gather information while at the fire scene, if it can be done safely. Make notes of what witnesses say. Get names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses.
  • Do not give a statement to any insurance company until you have spoken to the burn injury attorneys at Robert John and Associates.
  • Do not sign anything from the insurance companies. Fire victims may be giving up rights to pursue a claim for future compensation by signing documents from insurance companies.
  • After a fire injury follow your doctor's orders for the burn injuries you have sustained. Follow-up with your doctor if your injuries are not improving.
  • Inform your own insurance company of the fire as soon as you are able.
  • Speak with an Evansville fire death and fire injury attorney at Robert John and Associates. We are here to protect your rights after a fire death or burn injury, so you can focus on recovering.

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Contact the Personal Injury Firm, Robert John and Associates, to speak with a fire death and burn injury lawyer today regarding fire death and burn injuries. Robert John & Associates lawyers represent Tri-state fire injury victims in Evansville, Jasper, Princeton, Mt. Vernon, Vincennes, Washington, Boonville, Newburgh, Rockport, Tell City, and surrounding areas. In Illinois, we serve Carmi, Mt. Carmel, Lawrenceville, Olney, Albion, Fairfield, McLeansboro, Harrisburg, Shawneetown, and surrounding areas. In Kentucky, we serve Henderson, Dixon, Morganfield, Madisonville, Owensboro, Calhoun, Hawesville, Beech Grove, Central City, Philpot, Stanley, Sorgho, Sturgis, Corydon, and surrounding areas.

The fire death and fire injury attorneys at Robert John and Associates are here to help. Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with insurance company adjusters and realize this can be a confusing and overwhelming time. Contact Robert John and Associates, fire injury lawyers, so you can focus on getting better. Our Evansville fire injury attorneys will come to you at home or in the hospital if you are unable to come to us.