Resident Death Caused By Michigan Nursing Home Fire
Our Buckfire & Buckfire P.C nursing home attorneys have significant experience in representing families who have lost a loved one in a Michigan nursing home fire. These wrongful death lawsuits are filed on behalf of the family members and seek compensation against the responsible nursing home for the death of their loved one. These lawsuits not only seek compensation for the tragic loss of the resident in Michigan nursing home fire, but also serve as a notice to the nursing home that they need to improve on supervision and fire drills (as far as what a resident should do if a fire does take place).
On average, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated 2,810 nursing home structure fires annually. These fires cause an annual average of 1.6 deaths, and about 130 injuries in elderly residents, according to U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual fire department experience survey. Often these fires were caused by cooking, however fires that started with mattresses or bedding material or electrical wire or cable insulation caused a disproportionate share of the casualties and injuries as well among nursing home residents.
Nursing home fires often force residents out into the cold, bitter weather in only nightclothes. Many nursing home residents, especially those unable to walk independently are often seriously injured or even die due to smoke inhalation. The elderly are 2.5 times more likely to die in a fire. Senior population is increasingly on the rise, nursing homes need to be held responsible for their residents. Fires often cause physical, emotional and social impact on elderly who have experienced them.
The death rate per thousand non-confined fires was almost sixteen times as high when automatic extinguishing equipment was not present. Most fires can be contained upon starting with the proper equipment. If you suspect the nursing care facility was at fault and failed to contain a fire which resulted in the death of your loved one, the nursing care facility could have been negligent.
Statute of Limitations For Death From Michigan Nursing Home Fire Lawsuits
The procedures for filing claims and lawsuits are different virtually everywhere and the time limitations for filing wrongful death claims isn’t always the same. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. For these reasons, you should contact our Michigan nursing home lawyers immediately if you have lost a loved one due to a Michigan nursing home fire.
Our No Fee Promise For Resident Death From Michigan Nursing Home Fire Cases
Our attorneys will represent you in your Michigan wrongful death case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Nursing Home Wrongful Death Lawyer
For more information on your rights after losing a loved one in a nursing home fire, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan nursing home wrongful death lawyers about your case. Our office will start working on your case immediately and begin gathering witness statements and evidence to prove and win your Michigan nursing home fire case.