A house fire death can devastate a family. After such an occurrence, survivors and family members often face physical, financial, and emotional hardship that can last a lifetime.
If you lost a loved one in a house fire, you could be entitled to compensation for loss of companionship, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. Call Elliot Olsen for a free consultation.
House fire deaths by the numbers
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were an estimated 364,000 residential fires in the United States in 2016, and 1,800 of them resulted in at least one fatality (there were 2,775 total fatalities).
The causes of these fatal fires are numerous:
- unintentional (carelessness), 17.5 percent
- smoking, 14.2 percent
- intentional, 9.7 percent
- electrical malfunction, 9.6 percent
- cooking, 6.6 percent
- all other causes, 42.4 percent.
What causes house fire deaths?
Often, house fires are the result of an electrical issue or malfunction of a product or appliances in your kitchen such as the refrigerator, ice maker, oven or dishwasher. Even small appliances left plugged in have caused hundreds of house fire deaths.
A variety of factors can come into play in regards to fire deaths in houses, apartment buildings, and care facilities, including:
- building code violations
- defective fire suppression systems
- defective fire-retardant clothing
- faulty smoke detectors
- flammable liquids
- frayed electrical equipment
- improperly treated upholstery
- portable heaters.
What can you do?
Elliot Olsen has a deep understanding of the law as it pertains to deaths from a house fire. He stays on top of the changes in the law, and he has recovered significant compensation to help families move forward after the death of a loved one.
If you have lost a loved one in a house fire, please call Elliot at (612) 337-6126 for a free consultation.