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Homeowners install smoke and fire alarms to protect their property and to save their lives. When smoke alarms function properly, they can be invaluable resources to help protect lives and property in the event of a fire. However, they frequently malfunction and when they do, tragedy can result.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, home fires are the second leading cause of accidental deaths at home. It is also estimated that three out of every five deaths from a house fire occurs because of a smoke alarm failure. It’s critical that smoke and fire alarms are properly installed and maintained.
In many cases, fire alarm failures and smoke detector failures are due to improper installation or defective devices that are not properly working. If a device is not properly installed or if it does not function properly, that can cause the home’s occupants to lose valuable time that would allow them to evacuate and avoid smoke inhalation or risk burning.
If a smoke alarm failed and you or a loved one was harmed as a result, the victims can file a lawsuit against the alarm’s manufacturer or retailer. In some cases, the contractor, landlord, or builder can also be held legally liable. Damages can include compensation for your damaged home, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have been involved in a house fire that occurred because of the failure of a smoke or fire alarm, call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

Negligence JudgeIf you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of another party, your best course of action is to hire a Dallas attorney as soon as you possibly can. Failure to do so could seriously damage your case to the point that it is thrown out of court. At The Barber Law Firm, we don’t want you to make the same mistakes so many have made in the past. Here are a few of the most common ones that we see.

Don’t Wait Until You’ve Received All Your Medical Treatment

More than likely, you will not be able to resolve your negligence case until after your medical treatment has been completed, but it is still very important to hire a lawyer as soon as you can. The reason is that it could take several months before that treatment has concluded, and during that time your attorney will need to gather the evidence needed to help you achieve a positive result. Your case will become weaker the longer that you wait to hire a legal representative.

Don’t Ever Act as Your Own Lawyer

Just because you’ve seen an attorney on television or in a movie, that doesn’t mean you’re qualified to represent yourself in your negligence case. You have to be able to prove your case by following court procedures to the letter or else it won’t ever make it to a jury. Even the smallest mistake could lead to that case being thrown out. Any experienced defense attorney would find it very easy to file a summary judgment and have your case dismissed.

Please don’t let this happen to you. Contact The Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529 and let us show you how we may be of assistance. Do you know anyone who has ever tried to act as his or her own attorney? If so, share your story by clicking one of the social media icons on the right portion of this page.

What is wrongful death?

September 6, 2012

A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to another’s negligent or intentional actions. By law, if a wrongful death occurs, surviving beneficiaries are entitled to damages. In Texas, state law provides a remedy for wrongful death inTexas. The law compensates the deceased’s spouse, parents, and children for any losses they incurred as a result of the wrongful death.

In order to bring a wrongful death claim, a surviving beneficiary must show four things: that the death was caused by another person or entity’s conduct, that person or entity was negligent or strictly liable for the death, there are surviving beneficiaries or dependents, and that monetary damages have resulted from the death. If a wrongful case goes to court, versus settling prior to a trial, these elements must be shown by a preponderance of the evidence.

How much is awarded for a Texas wrongful death case depends on a lot of factors, which are all subjective. Some of those factors include the amount the decedent earned at the time of his or her death, the potential future earnings of the decedent, the non-economic contributions to the family by the decedent, the pain and suffering of the decedent, and more. The award can include amounts for the financial loss to the family that happened as a result of the death, the loss of support and/or services, funeral expenses, medical expenses, and an award for the pain and suffering of the decedent.

An unexpected loss of a loved one in an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence is tragic. The surviving family members will have to cope with that loss for the rest of their lives. If you are in the Dallas area and a loved one was killed in a tragic accident, call the Dallas wrongful death attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.

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