Recently, an apartment building caught on fire in Pomona. Two minor girls were trapped inside an apartment and were unable to escape the fire on their own. According to ABC 7 News, the fire was reported just after 10:30 a.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the scene and attempted to help the girls who were stuck in their bedroom.
The fire blocked the girls exit through the front door of the apartment, and their bedroom window was blocked by furniture and a window air-conditioning unit. One girl was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the fire. Paramedics rushed the other girl to the hospital for her injuries. Currently, the cause of the fire is being investigated.
Fires are extremely dangerous and can spread quickly leaving little time for escape. It is always important to make sure that you have safety measures in place in case of a fire in your home or apartment. These include:
- Making sure you have working smoke detectors throughout your home or apartment
- Planning an escape route, including a route that plans an exit different from the front door (in the event the front door is blocked, like in this case).
- Keep exits, including doors and windows, free from obstructions so an exit in the event of a fire would be possible
- Routinely check appliances for faulty or old wiring that could create a spark.
Compensation for Fire Related Injuries and Death
In this case, investigators will search to determine the cause of the fire. Fires can be caused in many ways including the intentional or negligent acts of another person or by a faulty product. When the fire is caused in one of these ways, those harmed by the fire can bring a personal injury claim against the person or party responsible for their losses to receive financial compensation. Examples of parties that could be responsible for a fire include: An individual person in the case of arson, the owner of an apartment building if they knew about dangerous conditions such as faulty wiring that could lead to a fire and did nothing, or the manufacturer of a product if a faulty product caused the fire.
Fires often result in very serious injuries that include burns or lung damage due to smoke inhalation. If a person is injured in a fire due to the fault of another, that person can receive compensation for their injuries by bringing a Los Angeles personal injury claim against the party responsible. Tragically, as seen in this case, fires can also result in the death of a loved one. When this happens, the family members of the victim can bring a Los Angeles wrongful death claim against the party responsible. A wrongful death claim can help assist the family financially and they endure their loss--the family can receive financial compensation for medical expenses, burial and funeral costs, and other damages suffered by their loss.
If you have been a victim of fire injuries or have lost a loved one due to a fire, it is important to talk to a skilled Los Angeles fire personal injury attorney. At the Kann California Law Group, our attorneys have experience helping clients with both personal injury and wrongful death claims. We can help assist you in the investigation of your case and help determine fault so you can bring your claim against the right person or parties. We can offer excellent legal assistance along with compassion during your difficult time. Contact us today for a free case consultation by calling us at 888-744-7730 or use our confidential online contact form and one of our attorneys will call you right away.