Billings Fire Accident Attorneys
Representing Burn Injury Victims throughout Montana
Explosions and fires are some of the most devastating accidents, often resulting in severe burn injuries or even death. All too often, these accidents are entirely preventable. For injured victims and the surviving family members of those wrongfully killed, knowing that the fire could have and should have been avoided can add another layer of suffering on top of an already challenging time.
At Edwards & Culver, we hold negligent parties accountable for fires, explosions, and similar accidents. Our Billings fire accident lawyers have over 100 years of combined experience that they are ready to put to work for you. We understand the various complexities and nuances involved in these types of cases, and we are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you throughout the legal process.
When Are Fires the Result of Negligence?
Any fire—whether it’s a house fire, building fire, or even a wildfire—can be caused by another person or party’s negligence.
Some examples of this include:
- A house fire caused by faulty electrical wiring
- A fire in a commercial building that is not up to code
- A wildfire caused by a defective power line
- An explosion caused by a leaking gas line
- A chemical fire at a worksite caused by improper chemical storage
- A home fire caused by improper furnace, stove, or water heater installation
In some cases, fires can be exacerbated or victims can suffer more severe injuries due to negligence as well.
Such cases might involve:
- Defective smoke detectors or fire extinguishers
- Lack of smoke detectors/fire extinguishers in commercial buildings
- Faulty heat appliances, such as ovens, stoves, dryers, or furnaces
- Unlawfully locked doors in a commercial space
- Defective or missing emergency fire exit signage
Additionally, a person who commits arson can not only face criminal action but civil action, as well. If you suffered injuries or losses as a result of arson, it’s possible to seek financial compensation from the at-fault party through a civil lawsuit.
Who Is Liable for Fire Accidents?
Victims of fires often sustain serious and even life-threatening injuries, including second- or third-degree burns, smoke inhalation, internal organ damage, and scarring. The cost of treating these injuries can be enormous. And, of course, victims face immense physical pain and emotional trauma, which can make the recovery process even more difficult.
If someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions led to the fire that caused your injuries, you should not have to face these burdens on your own. Depending on the unique factors involved in your case, there may be one or several parties liable for your injuries and resulting damages.
Liability may fall to any of the following parties:
- An individual person
- A homeowner
- A landlord or rental management company
- A contractor
- A business owner
- A corporate entity
- The manufacturer/distributor of a defective product
- A construction company
Essentially, any person, company, or party involved in the maintenance of a property, manufacturing or sale of a defective product, or design or structure of a home or commercial building could be liable for a fire.
Why You Need an Attorney
As expected, these claims can quickly become very complex, especially when there are multiple potentially liable parties and insurance companies involved. It’s important that you work with an attorney to help ensure that you are able to obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to.
At Edwards & Culver, we believe that there is simply no substitute for experience. We have the experience, skill, and resources to assist you at every stage of the legal process and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. We offer free initial consultations and there are no fees for you unless/until we recover compensation on your behalf.
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