Cobb County Fire Raises Questions Regarding Causes of Fire in Family Home


February 01, 2011

A tragic fire claimed the life of a person in a Powder Springs home after a predawn fire last Monday. While the body had not yet been identified, there is speculation that it could be the resident that lived in the home. The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation according to Cobb County fire and police officials. Most people presume that accidental fires are extremely rare and that there is very little chance of being injured in a Georgia fire accident.

However, fire accident fatalities and injuries are much more common than most people would guess. It is estimated that more than 3,000 people die in fire accidents each year with another 16,000 being injured. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the US and the third leading cause of fatal home injuries. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent clients seriously injured in Georgia fire accidents throughout the state.

Although there are many prevention and safety measures that can prevent fire accidents from happening, there is no such thing as a completely fireproof structure. However, building codes and housing regulations, consumer product safety laws and other federal and Georgia state laws and regulations are aimed at reducing the risk of a fire occurring and preventing loss of life if a fire does occur. Many people presume that if a fire results in serious injuries or wrongful death, fire insurance will cover the financial loss, medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages. In reality, fire insurance policy limits may not provide sufficient financial compensation. Fires can result in extremely painful and serious burn injuries, smoke inhalation injuries and wrongful death.

If you suffer serious injury or wrongful death in a fire accident caused by the unreasonable careless conduct of a third party you may be entitled to compensation for your loss and injuries. This third party may be someone whose negligence is directly responsible for igniting the fire. The responsible party may also be a company that manufactured defective products, like children’s clothing or building materials that were not sufficiently fire resistant, or a defective electronic mechanical device like a faulty laptop battery or portable cooking stove. Faulty wiring that violates building codes or other safety standards may also frequently cause structural fires. More than 24,000 residential home fires are caused by defective or improperly installed electrical systems or lighting equipment in the U.S. annually.

If you suffer serious injury or wrongful death in a Georgia fire accident because of an unsafe product or dangerous conduct of a third party, you may be able to seek legal compensation for your injuries and property loss as well as your lost wages, pain and suffering and mental anguish. Those who are potentially liable for a fire include property owners, property management companies, business owners and operators, construction companies, contractors and sub-contractors, building maintenance companies and companies that design, manufacture and sell defective products. Montlick and Associates will investigate your fire accident claim including pinpointing the cause of the fire, gathering and analyzing evidence, examining and testing any products and materials involved in the fire, and identifying responsible parties in a timely manner.

Our Georgia fire accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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