Liability for fire-related injuries on another's property

Slip-and-fall accidents are among the most talked-about premises liability topics. This is probably because they are so common that lawyers like to make sure victims are familiar with the legal aspects of slips or falls. We have discussed these kinds of accidents in our injury blog as well, but today we would like to tackle another premises liability topic: fire on another person's property.

We are sure you are aware that fires are very dangerous. When they occur on a property with which you are unfamiliar, it's reasonable to assume the danger increases. You may not know where the exits are or you may find yourself trapped somewhere away from the ground floor.

Along with the obvious physical injuries related to fire, victims can suffer inhalation injuries that may not be noticeable at first. Many of the smoke inhalation symptoms can develop over time and include coughing, headache, hoarseness and mental status changes.

Obviously, some fires are purely accidental and may be unavoidable. However, that does not mean that property owners are automatically exempt from injury liability. For example, failure to provide a sprinkler system or post escape routes may contribute to a fire victim's injuries. If this is the case, victims may have recourse to take legal action.

If you were in a fire on another person's property, please take steps to ensure you have not been injured by seeking medical advice. In cases where injury has occurred, it is wise to seek a legal opinion as well. You will find additional information about premises liability on the pages of our Oklahoma-based website.

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