A 68-year-old man was injured in a house fire that occurred at a duplex. According to The News of Cumberland County, the fire occurred on Buck Street in Millville. The other family members who reside in the building were able to escape unharmed, but the 68-year-old man became trapped in the burning house. The victim was not burned, but he was airlifted to a nearby hospital for inhaling heated gases. A couple of dogs and a cat were killed in the fire as well.
Any time there is a home, duplex, or apartment fire, there are a number of questions that must be asked. What caused the fire? Did the building have an adequate number of working smoke alarms? Did the building have built-in sprinklers? Did the residents have fire extinguishers in the house? Was the building constructed to code? Did the electrical wiring in the home contribute to the fire? If it can be proven that the owner of the building was negligent in any way, financial compensation may be available for the injured victim.
Injured victims may file a civil lawsuit to recover damages such as medical bills, therapy costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. It is not, however, always easy to prove liability for a fire. An experienced personal injury attorney in New Jersey may be needed to hold a property owner or other potentially liable party responsible for the injuries and losses suffered by a victim.
The skilled lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have had a long and successful track record holding negligent parties accountable and helping injured victims receive the compensation they need to recover. To discuss whether or not you are able to receive compensation for the damages you have suffered, please call our law offices at 609-240-0040 to discuss your case at no cost.