Fires at home are responsible for taking about 2,500 lives every year, as well as causing almost 15,000 injuries and billions of dollars in damage to property. Investigating the origin and cause of a fire can be a complicated and expensive process. It is important to get started on such an investigation as soon as possible after a destructive fire, and to make sure the cause of the fire is being investigated by a qualified professional.
Although firefighters are trained to put out fires, very few fire departments have the resources to train their personnel in chemistry, electricity, and other technical aspects of fire causation. Often, an independent fire origin and cause expert is necessary to investigate and determine the cause of a particular fire.
It may well be that the fire was the result of negligence by others and should have been avoided. The owner of a rental house, the manufacturer of a defective appliance (heater, stove, drier, etc.), the manufacturer of a defective fire alarm, the builder of a house, an electrician who installed the house’s wiring or who performed electrical repairs, a propane or natural gas company—depending on the circumstances surrounding a particular fire, there are almost countless potential causes that would need to be explored.
To successfully bring about a claim involving a fire in the home, clients need an experienced, educated attorney on their side. They also need an attorney with the financial resources to take the case to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we have tried hundreds of cases to verdict and have settled hundreds more. In 2010 alone, we negotiated settlements of personal injury and wrongful death claims totaling more than $50 million.
Heygood, Orr & Pearson also has the financial resources to handle personal injury cases from start to finish. In fact, there are many instances in which we invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a case in order to take it to trial. At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are committed to achieving justice for our clients, whatever the cost.
Contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for your free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal right to compensation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out a free legal consultation form.