Indianapolis Fire Attorneys
Public buildings are responsible for adhering to certain safety standards in terms of building design to protect occupants in the event of an emergency and allow them a safe and speedy exit. This is especially important in the event of a fire. If a fire breaks out in a public building, occupants need to be notified of the fire in a timely manner and must be able to easily find emergency exits to escape harm. Contact the Indianapolis fire attorneys of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565 if you or someone you know has been injured in a fire due to poor notification systems or poor building design/emergency exit design.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Fires are terrifying occurrences that people sometimes find themselves ill-prepared to deal with. Businesses and other public buildings should always have fire safety precautions in place to deal with them, but when they don’t, and you or a loved one are hurt because of it, it may be time to consider taking legal action. Safety features such as fire escapes were only ever implemented because of activism after tragedies, and fighting back against negligence is one way to ensure that similar tragedies never happen again. It is also a good way to be compensated after being saddled with medical bills that are too expensive to pay on your own. The truth is, you shouldn’t have to pay for medical help on your own if your injuries were caused by another person or organization’s negligence. It is not your responsibility to ensure that proper fire safety measures are in place everywhere that you go, and allowing property owners to get away with neglecting fire safety laws only succeeds in making you pay for more than you should. Everyone should be able to feel safe from potential emergencies, such as fires, in any public place.
If you’re considering legal action, you should first align yourself with a lawyer who you trust to handle your case with the care and attention it deserves. Don’t try to represent yourself. Attempting to take on the full burden of your own fire personal injury claim is not a good idea for a few reasons. First, people who represent themselves are rarely knowledgeable or skilled enough in legal matters to win any substantial amount in settlements. This isn’t because their case is invalid, it’s just because they haven’t studied to be able to adequately present arguments and evidence to a court or judge. Secondly, if you’ve just been involved in a tragic fire in which you or a loved one was injured, you don’t need to add more stress to your life by taking on a full legal battle by yourself. Personal injury claims are best left to a lawyer–someone who has studied and made it their life’s work to help people win cases. A lawyer will be able to help you collect evidence, craft a winning argument, and keep track of deadlines pertaining to your claim.
Why You Should Choose Hankey Law Office to Handle Your Case
Our law firm believes that clients should always be treated with the utmost respect and compassion. We understand that you’ve gone through something traumatic, and you need time and space to recover from physical injuries as well as mental stress and pain. If we take on your case, we will always keep you informed on the status of your claim and give you realistic projections about where everything may be headed. You should never be in a guessing game with your lawyer, and we welcome questions and concerns. It’s your claim; you should be a part of it.
The attorneys at our firm have years of experience and have won countless claims for clients who will attest to our professionalism, integrity, and compassionate service throughout every step of the litigation process. We think you deserve to be fairly compensated for the money you had to spend to recover from an accident that was not your fault, in addition to the pain and suffering you went through as a victim of an undoubtedly frightening fire. Depending on the circumstances, you could collect substantial amounts of money to help pay off your expenses and ease the burden of your accident. To learn more about how we can work with you to collect the compensation you deserve, call us today at (317) 634-8565 or send us a message through our online, confidential, consultation feature.
The Dangers of Fire Injuries
When a person finds him/herself in a building that is on fire, time is critical. Every second that passes brings greater and greater danger to a person in a burning building, and increases the likelihood of an injury and the severity of that injury.
The results of burn injuries can be devastating. A person who is stuck in a burning building can suffer
- Lung damage due to smoke inhalation
- Mild to severe burn injury (often requiring skin grafts to heal properly)
- Permanent disability
- Permanent disfigurement
People who are trapped inside a burning building are likely to suffer from one if not many of the potential injuries listed above. If there is no way to escape, smoke builds up in a building and causes lung damage and sometimes suffocation. Burns can be acquired through direct contact with a fire or by touching other affected surfaces in attempts to escape. Both smoke and fire can cause damage to the eyes, sometimes leading to blindness which can affect the quality of life and the future ability to work, as can other disabilities and disfigurements caused by intense burns or even falling debris. Fires are extremely dangerous and injuries sustained during unnecessarily tragic fires should be met with fair compensation for medical bills and time spent recovering from injuries and emotional trauma. Our attorneys will be able to assess who should be held liable for the accident and determine how best to proceed with your lawsuit. Often, insurance pays for premises liability claims such as fires and similarly preventable situations such as slip-and-fall and elevator accidents. Sometimes, however, the individual owner of the building where the accident took place is held liable. Fire accidents often occur because proper fire safety measures were not implemented in the building, such as fire escapes, ladders, or smoke alarms. Buildings that were over capacity at the time of the fire are also not adhering to fire safety measures and can lead to injuries or deaths.
If you were injured in a fire, don’t hesitate to contact a legal professional to consult with them about your next steps. Because the circumstances of your injuries won’t make the individual or company who own the property where they occurred look very good, they may attempt to cover up evidence that could cause them to lose a lawsuit. For this reason, it’s very important that you get in contact with a lawyer who has your best interests at heart as soon as you can. If poor building design or emergency notification systems led to any of the above mentioned fire injuries, you need to contact a legal professional as quickly as possible to make sure you receive the compensation for your injuries that you need and truly deserve. The Indianapolis fire injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office will fight to make sure your needs are taken care of.
Fire-related injuries often bring with them extensive medical bills. If you have been injured in a fire that was due to problems on someone else’s property, you should not have to cover the cost of your medical treatment and care. contact the Indianapolis fire attorneys of the Hankey Law Office today at (317) 634-8565.