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Fire is an exceptionally dangerous force. Once started, it is difficult to control, growing more deadly as it swells beyond property borders. A tiny, lit cigarette left on a balcony can start a huge blaze that destroys an entire building. Fire also poses many different hazards for bystanders: the smoke, the heat of the flames, and the structural instability caused by fire can each be deadly. The National Fire Protection Association reports that fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths and 15,700 civilian injuries in 2015 alone.
Illinois law has strict requirements in place for fire prevention and containment. Legally, property owners are obligated to minimize the risk of dangerous fires on their premises. They are also expected to have methods for handling fires once they start and for warning visitors about the danger. Responsible property owners respect the dangers of fires and purchase extinguishers and loud, clear alarms to keep their visitors or clients safe. However, when property owners ignore potential dangers, fires can start, spread, and injure people on their premises. No amount of money can compensate for the pain, fear, and loss that fire victims suffer, but negligent property owners are legally required to pay for some or all of the costs associated with the injury.
The Chicago fires attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC believe that property owners should do what it takes to minimize the risk of dangerous fires on their premises. Owners have a solemn moral obligation to visitors on their physical estates. This obligation is not especially difficult to fulfill. Several commonsense actions and cost-effective measures can significantly decrease the threat of an uncontrollable fire.
Many common causes of fires are the result of negligence or oversight. A few examples include:
Property owners have a serious responsibility to make sure their property is safe from the threat of fire. For example, restaurants have to routinely clean and check their industrial-sized ovens. Apartment complex owners should regularly maintain their units’ smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. The smallest oversight can lead to the biggest consequences.
The premises liability attorneys at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC deeply sympathize with victims whose lives have been devastated by fire. We believe that if a property owner’s mistake caused or contributed to the fire that injured you, you definitely deserve financial compensation. Call us at (312) 346-8620 to speak to an experienced legal professional. We are ready to fight to help you recover the costs of your medical bills, pain, and lost workdays.