Texas is in the top three states in the nation for fire deaths. In 2011, 261 people were killed in Texas fires. The damage caused by these tragic fires is often avoidable. In many cases, carelessness or defective equipment is the culprit. Wyatt Law Firm fights for those who have been affected by residential fires to recover financial compensation for their losses.
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What Causes Residential Fires?
The leading cause of residential fires is cooking, contributing to approximately 48.7% of fires. Other major causes include -
- Heating systems and other heat sources
- Carelessness (ex. leaving an unextinguished cigarette out)
- Electrical or equipment malfunctions
- Unattended or malfunctioning appliances
Unlike many other types of accidents that can result in injury or death, fires have a number of different causes. Data from the USFA Fire Estimate Summary lists the leading cause of fatal residential fires as "other", which includes everything from natural causes to appliance malfunctions. Other leading causes of fatal fires are smoking (15%) and carelessness (13.1%). For residential fires resulting in injury only, the leading cause is cooking.
Injuries Caused By Residential Fires
The major injuries caused by residential fires are smoke inhalation and burns. The cause of death for those who die in fires is typically asphyxiation. Some, especially those with preexisting cardiovascular conditions, can experience heart attack. Older Americans have the highest residential fire death rate. Statistics show that individuals aged 85 and older comprise 49.2% of all fire deaths.
Residential Fires And Inurance Coverage
Some people who are affected by residential fires have difficulty recovering the necessary insurance coverage to repair their home, compensate for their lost valuables, and cover the cost of hotel expenses, among other things. Basic homeowner insurance policies cover fire damage, and many insurance companies sell separate fire insurance. When there are fires resulting in large financial loss, particularly fires that affect multiple homes/properties, insurance companies can shortchange owners. If you suspect bad faith on the part of your insurance company after a fire, contact Wyatt Law Firm.
What To Do After A Fire
Fires can be tragic and a terrifying thing to experience. Wyatt Law Firm is here to help those who suffered loss or sustained injury as a result of a preventable fire. Our San Antonio injury lawyers represent individuals on a contingency fee, meaning you don't pay unless we make a financial recovery for you. There is also no cost to call us and tell us about your case, so we invite you to contact us today. We look forward to helping you.