We depend on smoke alarms to keep our families safe. Responsible homeowners and landlords install smoke alarms in all the recommended locations, and keep the alarms active by replacing batteries as required and testing the devices periodically.
In some cases, a smoke alarm fails to function as it should with tragic results. A fire in the home can lead to severe disfiguring burns, lung damage from smoke inhalation or a tragic death that could have been avoided had the unit functioned as the manufacturer promised. Property owners have a duty to maintain the premises for the safety of residents, visitors and guests as well.
At Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP, our legal team has earned a reputation for our legal work in product liability cases. Our attorneys can represent you if you were injured or a loved one died due to the failure of a smoke alarm.
Let our experienced Long Island personal injury lawyers evaluate your case and determine who may be held legally liable for your injuries. Contact us now to find out how we can help you. The consultation and claim evaluation are free.
Who can be Held Accountable When a Smoke Alarm Fails?
Product liability cases can be complex to resolve. The company that produced the defective product usually hires teams of defense lawyers to challenge the case and fight to reduce the amount of compensation paid to a victim. You need a strong advocate to stand up for your rights.
We have over 100 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims. We have recovered millions in damages in personal injury cases, including those involving defective products, such as smoke alarms that did not produce an alert signal when smoke was present in the home.
The parties that could be held liable could include the following:
- The manufacturer of the defective smoke alarm.
- The retailer that sold the defective smoke alarm.
- The distributor of the defective smoke alarm.
- The company that produced defective parts in the smoke alarm.
- A landlord or property owner who installed the unit or failed to properly maintain it.
The amount of compensation available to a victim will vary based on the injuries sustained as a result of the malfunctioning alarm. The types of damages paid to a victim may include:
- Economic damages: These include medical bills, hospital bills, rehabilitation, loss of income and future financial losses, among others.
- Non-economic damages: These damages are paid for pain and suffering, emotional anguish (such as in cases of permanent scarring or other serious injuries), loss of quality of life and loss of consortium.
- Punitive damages: Some cases may entitle a victim to punitive damages that are meant to punish the defendant. These cases involve exceptional wrongdoing on the part of the defendant.
Get Help from a Trusted Product Liability Lawyer on Long Island
We know how to prove liability and the true value of your claim. We are adept at bringing in appropriate and reputable engineers and experts in various fields to inspect the product and testify to the design defect or manufacturing flaw that led to the alarm malfunctioning and causing harm.
At the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe LLP, we have been representing injured clients since 2003 and have over 100 years of combined experience in litigating personal injury lawsuits in the Long Island and nearby areas including Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens.
Contact us today for a free evaluation of your smoke alarm failure claim. We can come to you at home, at work, in the hospital or wherever is most convenient for you.
For a free legal consultation with a defective smoke alarms lawyer serving New Hyde Park, call 516-358-6900