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.