Dec 11, 2014

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Residential Fires And The Need for Attorney Representation

384689_mIf your home just endured a fire, you should obtain attorney representation for several reasons. The lawyer will hire an investigator to determine what caused the fire and who could’ve been at fault for the residential fire. The lawyer and his investigative team may find out through research that there were certain reasons for the fire which could include poor wiring, existence of flammable items near the heater or stove, failure of a smoke detector to work correctly in the home, or faulty appliances. If you’re a tenant and the fire occurred in such a way that your items are destroyed, you can meet with the lawyer to look into holding your landlord responsible for causing the damage.

Neighbor’s Negligence
Sometimes residential fires happen because of a neighbor’s negligence and failure to prevent a hazardous fire that ruined your home. When you meet with your attorney for representation you want to discuss the details of the fire and what your neighbor’s role was in your home’s fire. If your neighbor found to have possibly been negligent, you can proceed with a lawsuit.

Defective Appliances
Another reason why you would benefit from having a lawyer after a residential fire is because defective appliances sometimes cause fires in the home. Your attorney knows what federal and state laws are concerning defective appliances from the manufacturer and how you can successfully file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for monetary compensation.

Different Types of Compensation for Residential Fires
Your lawyer can also seek compensation for the damages caused by others’ negligence during your home’s fire. You would need compensation for medical expenses, home damage, lost wages if you worked from home prior to the fire, and the loss of life if your loved ones died in the fire.

Residential fires interrupt your life without warning and it is hard to pick up the pieces afterwards. You need an attorney to help you deal with the legal aspects of the residential fire and to determine if you will be able to file a lawsuit against the person or company you believe is responsible for the fire. Present any documentation that you think could prove your cases and you want to discuss potential witnesses with your lawyer since this helps you win the case. Never falsify the details of the fire when preparing your lawsuit because this makes it harder to win your case and your lawyer will start to distrust you. Finally, you want to maintain a positive attitude in the aftermath of the fire and you should make informed choices regarding dealing with legal issues regarding the fire.

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