Tragic Bronx apartment fire highlights common property danger
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that children and elderly people are particularly at risk for being hurt or killed in a home fire.
October 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Tragic Bronx apartment fire highlights common property danger
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It can be difficult to consider the terror of living through a residential fire. Fires are a major cause of property damage, injuries and deaths in homes across the country. MSN reports that, unfortunately, it's a more common event than people might think. Every year approximately 13,000 Americans are injured in residential fires, and about 3,000 people are killed. Each day in the U.S., about 270 apartment fires occur.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that children and elderly people are particularly at risk for being hurt or killed in a home fire, since they're the ones who generally need more help escaping a fire, rather than being able to escape on their own. Over 300 children receive emergency treatment for burns every day in the country, and at least two children die every day as a result of burns.
Deadly apartment fire opens investigation
In September, an apartment caught fire in a Bronx apartment complex, resulting in two residents being rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation, said Metro News. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital, while his female relative stayed in the hospital in critical condition. An investigation into the cause of the fire was launched. If the cause of the fire was determined to be attributed to property owner negligence, the man's family may have a reason to pursue legal action for medical and other expenses.
While apartment tenants can certainly cause fires that spread out of control throughout the building, other causes for fires and injuries may be a result of poor maintenance or other issues that are out of the tenant's control. These factors can include:
-Fires caused by faulty or outdated wiring.
-Other renters causing a fire from cooking or smoking, or children playing with matches.
-Insufficient exits that don't allow tenants to escape - an apartment should have at least two exits, including bedroom windows.
Burns aren't limited to those caused by fires, according to the Mayo Clinic. Scalding is extremely dangerous and happens to be the most common type of burn for children. However, apartment hot water heaters can be difficult or even impossible for renters to check or adjust.
Contacting an attorney after a fire or burn injury
Burns can be some of the most painful and devastating injuries a person can face. Recovery time can take weeks to months, resulting in ongoing medical bills as well as loss of income. Scarring and other long-term disabilities can cause pain and suffering. Many burn victims and their families find themselves facing insurmountable medical bills, some of which may not even be covered by insurance.
If you've been injured in a fire as a result of a property owner's negligence, it's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.
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