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Atlanta fires could have lead wrongful death


A house fire can be a particularly scary experienced. Anyone who has set a mere toaster on fire can confirm this. A fire presents a danger unlike any other. When a loved one is lost in a fire, understanding the cause of the fire may be important in order to assess what actions should happen next.

Recently, a 51-year-old Lithonia woman was killed in her home by a fire. The woman was trapped inside and was found unresponsive in her bedroom. The woman was beloved by her community, and many considered her to be a mother figure. The initial investigation points to an electrical issue as the cause of the fire that caused the woman's death. This could be due to faulty wiring in the home or due to an appliance malfunction.

Individuals sometimes start fires by accident, but in cases like this, the fire may be the result of the negligence of another. The electrical issue that caused the fire was likely due wiring or an appliance. If this was the case, the manufacturing company responsible for the wiring or the faulty appliance could also be held responsible for the resulting injury or death.

Whatever the reason, a negligent fire is extremely dangerous and can prove fatal. When a loved one passes away, it is impossible to understand the pain suffered by the family. To help these families in situations where the death of there loved one was caused by the negligence of another, the court system allows for wrongful death lawsuits.

A wrongful death claim allows a suffering family to receive compensation to help pay for the debts they may have incurred related to the loss of their loved one due to the faulty product. Compensation is also available for pecuniary loss. Pecuniary loss relates to the earning capacity of the individual that passed.

When a Georgia family loses a loved one in a fire or other accident due to a faulty product that results in death, a legal claim for wrongful death due to product liability may be an option. Discussing the circumstances with an experienced legal professional may help Georgia residents understand their legal options.

Source: CBS Atlanta, "Mother of three killed in Lithonia house fire," Jennifer Banks, July 1, 2013

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