Florida Electrical Fire Attorney
In Florida, where humidity is high and moisture abounds, most people don’t worry too much about large wildland fires that are so prevalent in the west. However, home and business fires do happen, and electricity is a common cause. If you have suffered injuries or losses as a result of an electrical fire that you believe should have been prevented, our Florida electrical fire attorneys at the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A. can help. Reach out to us today for your free consultation.
What Is an Electrical Fire?
An electrical fire refers to a fire that originates in the electrical wires, circuit breakers, or electrical components found inside a home, building, appliance, or another electrical device. Electrical fires are almost always preventable and happen as a result of the failure or malfunction of the electrical components found within equipment, appliances, or machinery.
How Do Electrical Fires Start?
According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), home electrical fires account for about 51,000 fires each year. Electrical fires can start from many different sources, including:
- Frayed wiring, either in a home’s skeleton or on an appliance, extension cord, or anything else that’s plugged in
- Faulty electrical outlets or worn sockets that haven’t been properly grounded
- Light fixtures with bulbs with wattage that is too high for lamps and lighting
- Overloaded circuits
- Portable heaters and other heat-producing electronics
Liability for an Electrical Fire
Liability for an electrical fire depends on the cause of the fire. For example, if the fire started due to a wiring defect that was supposed to be repaired by a contractor, the contractor could be held liable for the fire. If the fire started due to a space heater, the manufacturer of the space heater could be held liable if you were using the space heater per the instructions and as intended. When you hire our law firm, we’ll hire investigators who can determine the cause of the fire and how it could have been prevented, which will provide clues about liability.
An electrical fire can lead to immense and tragic losses for a person, a business, or a family. Common types of damages recoverable in a claim for harm from an electrical fire include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage costs
- Lost wages and loss of earning ability
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Any other economic and noneconomic damages.
Our Electrical Fires Attorneys in Florida Can Help
Our lawyers at the office of Halpern, Santos & Pinkert, P.A. understand what you’re going through when you’ve lost everything due to an electrical fire. If we find that there is another party who should be held liable for your damages, we’ll aggressively pursue a settlement that fully compensates you. To learn more about our law firm and your rights after a serious accident and injury, call us directly or send us a message at your convenience. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you win.