Apartment fires can cause massive property damage for tenants. They can also result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. If an apartment fire causes you harm in Tampa, FL, Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages.
Since 1996, our top-rated Florida personal injury lawyers have been fighting for the rights of injured victims and their families. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Our team includes a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and two former defense lawyers who understand how insurance companies process claims.
With over 50 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases, you can trust that our attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle the most complex cases. Contact our Tampa, Florida law offices at (813) 686-7588 to schedule your free consultation with a Tampa personal injury attorney.
How Our Tampa Premises Liability Lawyers Can Help if You’ve Been Injured in an Apartment Fire
You never expect to be the victim of a fire, especially in your home. However, apartment fires happen for many reasons. A fire in one apartment can quickly spread through the entire building.
Dealing with insurance adjusters and building owners can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially if you or a family member is seriously injured. You not only lost your home, but you may have lost all your possessions. You need help from someone you can trust.
Our Tampa premises liability attorneys have received recognition and awards from national and local legal organizations for their legal services, including Expertise, The National Trial Lawyers, and Elite Lawyer. We appear on Tampa Bay Magazine’s list of top lawyers and Attorney and Practice Magazine’s Top 10 personal injury law firms. We have top ratings with Avvo, Martindale-Hubbell, and Super Lawyers.
When you hire our top-rated personal injury attorneys, we will:
- Investigate the cause of the apartment fire to identify the responsible parties
- Monitor fire investigations conducted by local and state agencies
- Gather evidence supporting your claim, including working with leading expert witnesses as necessary
- Verify insurance coverage, file insurance claims, and handle all matters related to a settlement
- Document your damages, including the extent of your injuries and financial losses, to accurately determine how much your case is worth
- Aggressively pursue all sources of compensation to maximize your recovery amount
- File lawsuits and take the responsible parties to court to hold them accountable for their negligence and wrongdoing, if necessary
You do not have to go through this alone. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers are here to help. Call Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced apartment fire lawyer in Tampa, Florida.
Common Causes of Apartment Fires in Tampa, FL
There were 353,500 residential building fires reported in 2021. These fires resulted in thousands of injuries and deaths. They also caused over $8.8 billion in losses.
An apartment fire may begin in the common areas of the apartment complex or an individual apartment.
The causes of apartment fires include, but are not limited to:
- Unattended candles or fireplaces
- Space heaters
- Defective appliances
- Faulty electrical wiring, fuse boxes, and circuit breakers
- Storage of combustible materials
- Extension cords
- Kitchen fires
- Building code violations
- Highly flammable materials
- Failing to maintain appliances
Many of the causes of apartment fires are due to negligence and carelessness. However, some fires are intentional.
Other factors can contribute to the severity of the fire, including defective smoke and fire alarms or the lack of alarms. Lack of sprinklers, blocked fire exits, and inadequate fire extinguishers can also contribute to the severity of an apartment fire.
Apartment Fires Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries and Death
Smoke inhalation and thermal burns are the two most common injuries caused by apartment fires. Both types of injuries can lead to wrongful death and severe disabilities.
Thermal burns are caused by excessive heat. An apartment fire can cause severe burns that could lead to significant scarring, disfigurement, and permanent impairments.
Smoke inhalation occurs when a person breathes in too much smoke. The smoke can damage the lung tissue and respiratory tract. When smoke from an apartment fire overpowers a person, the lack of oxygen can be fatal.
Who Is Responsible for Damages Caused by an Apartment Fire in Tampa, Florida?
Damages from an apartment fire include economic damages, such as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Victims may also experience pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish, and other non-economic damages.
The party or parties responsible for causing the fire can be legally liable for the victim’s damages.
Potential defendants in an apartment fire case include:
- Property owners
- Landlords and management companies
- Apartment residents
- Maintenance companies
- Contractors or subcontractors performing maintenance or installation services
- Manufacturers of defective alarms, extinguishers, and sprinklers
- Utility and gas companies
Proving causation and liability for an apartment fire can be challenging. Apartment fire claims may involve several areas of law, including but not limited to negligence, premises liability, intentional torts, and product liability.
Our Tampa apartment fire lawyers understand the complexities involved in these cases. We know how to uncover the truth of who is responsible for causing your injuries and damages.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Tampa Apartment Fire Attorneys
Receiving a settlement or jury verdict does not undo the devastation caused by an apartment fire. However, it can provide you with the financial means to recover and rebuild. Contact our office at (813) 686-7588 to request a free case review with an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney.