I was in a house fire earlier this month. It was an electrical accident caused by the negligence of a contractor who was working on the house. One of our close friends suggested that we retain counsel and begin civil procedures against the contractor.
You should definitely consult with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your potential claim. There may be liability on the part of the contractor, but the potential negligence is very fact specific and should be fully vetted with an attorney to determine the merits of your claim.
You did not say what your damage was. To you or the house or both? In any event if you can prove negligence and that the negligence caused the damage you can sue successfully.
Your friend is correct. Often house fires can be financially and emotionally devastating. There is simply no reason you must pay for someone else's negligence and recklessness. They are the wrongdoer who has caused this damage to you and your life. As such, they need to take the steps to make it right.
If you believe you have proof that the house fire was caused by the contractor's negligence, you can certainly seek recovery of your losses associated with the fire. A lawyer should be able to help you determine what would be necessary to establish the cause of the fire.
You have a valid claim if you suffered injury as a result of the contractor's negligence.
To sue somebody successfully, you need to prove four things: 1. duty of the defendant 2. breach of duty 3. proximate cause (causal relationship between the defendant's negligence and your injuries), and 4. damages You have the burden of proving each element by a preponderance of the evidence.
If negligence by the contractor is what caused the fire, you can certainly make a claim for any and all damages, including property and/or injury.
Get the property fixed ASAP using your insurance while you make a claim against the contractor's general liability insurance. You should have requested this proof of insurance before he started.
That is an option but, assuming you have insurance, I would talk to your insurance company to see what they have planned. Good luck.
You say you "were in" a house fire, but you do not say what that means. If your house was damaged because of the fire, and you have homeowner's insurance, it might be best to let your insurance pay to fix it. They can, in turn, sue the electrician if they think it is worth it. If you were injured in the fire, I would consider retaining an attorney. Whether such a suit is worth an attorney's involvement will depend on how severe your injuries are. For example, if you went to the emergency room for smoke inhalation, and will need no further treatment, it is probably not worth pursuing. If you have no health insurance, you may wish to contact the electrician or his company and seek reimbursement for your medical bills.
Do you have insurance? If so, file a claim with your insurance company, get the house fixed and let them get their money back from the contractor's insurance company. Otherwise you will have to go after the contractor, and yes you will need a lawyer to do it right.
Yes you can sue after being involved in a house fire. Ask the contractor for a copy of his liability insurance declaration page. You should never have contractors perform work on your house without first showing you he/she has insurance to cover their negligent conduct that damages your house. This is one of those acts that can result in liability.
Your friend is right. After an incident like that it is always a good idea to consult with an attorney.
You haven't said if you were hurt. If you were, sue the contractor based on your account of the facts.
If you got hurt or lost property then you have a claim.
If you can prove that the contractors negligence caused the fire you can bring a claim against the electrician. Usually they will carry insurance that should cover your property damage claim.
Yes, if the contractor was negligent that might be a very lucrative suit.
If you believe a contractor's negligence caused a house fire, it makes sense to hire an attorney to investigate filing a lawsuit to recoup your damages. It may be a good idea to find out if your insurance will cover it first, as sometimes the insurance company will pursue the claim on your behalf after paying the claim. There are strict time imitations for pursuing these types of matters, so you should consult with someone as soon as possible.
A claim can be made against both the owner of the premises and the contractor if it is determined that the fire was caused by their negligence. If you bring a case there must be definitive damages, ie. was there injury or property damage as a result.
Sure. There has to be damages though.
Yes. If you can show that his negligence caused the fire. The situation is fact driven.
Any compensation is directly related to the injury that you unfortunately sustained in the house fire. We would be glad to represent you if you have sustained a serious injury as a result of a contractor's negligence.
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