Denver Fire Injury Attorneys
Few types of premises liability claims can be as frightening as being involved in a fire within any location. Fires have the potential to cause widespread property damage, but they can also result in people possibly being trapped and suffering catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
People who have been injured and the families of those killed in fires often have the right to pursue compensation from the negligent party in these types of cases. This is usually the property owner. These types of legal claims are known as premises liability. Premises liability claims seek to hold property owners accountable for failure to keep their premises safe for guests.
If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in any kind of fire in the greater Denver area, you should seek legal representation as soon as possible. The Bourassa Law Group has an outstanding record of success in premises liability cases, which includes an $850,000 settlement in a single case.
Our firm will fight to make sure that you are able to recover all of the compensation you are entitled to. We can discuss all of your legal options with you when you call (303) 331-6186 or you contact us online to set up a free consultation.
Do I Need A Fire Lawyer?
Fire claims can have a lot of complexities, depending on the kind of fire a person was involved in. Some people, for example, may be involved in fires that occur while they are guests at places of business, while other fire accidents can occur in private residences. Property owner obligations may differ in these cases, which is why it is important for you to have an attorney if you or loved ones have been in a fire accident.
Property owners can be liable for failure to take certain actions that reduce the likelihood of fires occurring or that would help people to become aware of fires. Many property owners will claim that they are not liable for fire injuries because the fires themselves could not have been predicted or prevented.
You need a fire accident lawyer involved in your case as soon as possible so that they can conduct their own rigorous and thorough investigation of what happened in the fire accident you were involved in. Your attorney can work with reconstruction experts to determine exactly how a fire started, and they can collect all the relevant evidence surrounding the fire.
After an investigation is concluded, your lawyer can then negotiate with the insurance company for a fair and full settlement for your case. If the insurance company refuses to provide a satisfactory amount of compensation, the attorney can then file a lawsuit to take your case to trial.
Why Choose The Bourassa Law Group to Handle My Case?
Mark J. Bourassa has more than 15 years of legal experience. He is Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and he received the Client Champion Award in 2018.
Hillary R. Ross is admitted to practice in all state courts in Colorado and California, including the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Melina D. Favors is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Federal Bar Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and State Bar of Arizona.
Valerie Gray is a former clerk for The Bourassa Law Group who is now an associate attorney.
You should also know that it will not cost you anything to have The Bourassa Law Group represent you. We collect legal fees only when you recover a monetary award. Our goal is to get a full and fair settlement in your case, but we can also file a lawsuit when we believe a trial is necessary to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
Types of Fire Cases We Handle
Some of the most common causes of fire accidents often include, but are not limited to:
- Gas leaks
- Faulty electrical outlets
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Lack of smoke alarms
- Lit cigarettes
- Barbecues or other cooking equipment
- Lighting equipment
Businesses are expected to comply with state fire codes and to take every possible measure to prevent fires and ensure the safety of their patrons. Companies can be held liable when they do not take the necessary steps to make sure that employees and guests are safe.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Fires
What is the Colorado Prescribed Burning Act?
A prescribed fire or planned fire is the planned application of fire by a team of fire experts under specific weather conditions that will help restore health to fire-adapted environments. The Colorado Certified Burner program was developed to provide a level of civil liability protection for trained and certified entities who are administering prescribed fires.
Under the Colorado Prescribed Burning Act, a private landowner or landowner’s designee will not be liable for damages as the result of acts or omissions made in good faith if they are certified by the Division of Fire Prevention and Control as a Certified Burner, or have been qualified by National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards as a Prescribed Burn Boss. The only exception is when acts or omissions are grossly negligent or willful and wanton.
What is the difference between an invitee, licensee, and trespasser?
Colorado law defines an invitee as a person who enters or remains on another party’s property for business in the mutual interest of both parties or in response to an expressed or implied invitation.
A licensee is a person who enters or remains on another person’s property for their own purposes and interests with the permission or consent of the property owner. This term includes a social guest.
A trespasser is defined as a person who enters or remains on another party’s property without the consent of the property owner.
Trespassers can recover for damages only for fires that were willfully or deliberately caused by a landowner.
Licensees can recover for damages caused by a landowner’s failure to exercise reasonable care with respect to fire dangers created knowingly by the landowner. They can also recover for damages when the landowner failed to warn of rare fires that the landowner didn’t create, but knew about.
Invitees can recover for damages caused by the landowner’s failure to exercise reasonable care to protect against fire dangers they should have known or did know about. When a landowner’s real property is classified as agricultural land or vacant land for property tax purposes, invitees can also recover for damages caused by the landowner’s failure to exercise reasonable care to protect against fire dangers they knew about.
What Kinds of Damages Could I be Entitled to in a Fire Accident?
Many fire cases are ultimately resolved through settlements because insurance companies conclude that settling a case is cheaper than the cost of a trial and compensation awarded by a jury.
Certain cases will have to go to trial to get a resolution. If the case is proven by overwhelming evidence, fire accident victims could be awarded numerous kinds of economic and noneconomic damages. The economic damages in a fire case relate to actual costs a person has incurred or will incur, such as:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
Noneconomic damages are far more subjective and do not usually have a quantifiable value. These awards could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Punitive damages are also available in personal injury cases in Colorado, but are rarely awarded and may be very limited in fire accident cases unless a property owner committed a particularly egregious form of misconduct. Punitive damages cannot exceed the amount of compensatory damages awarded.
Colorado Fire Statistics
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Colorado had 11 home fire fatalities in 2019 and 27 in 2018. In all fires, fatalities were 1.4 people and injuries were 13 people for every 1000 fires. However, residential structure fires saw 3.9 fatalities and 37.5 injuries for every 1,000 fires.
The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control reported that between January 1 and July 31, 2019, there were 1,677 structure fires and 677 vehicle fires in Colorado. There were also 2,188 “other fires.”
Contact a Fire Attorney in Denver
Did you sustain severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a fire in Denver or another community in Colorado? You need to get an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side as soon as you are able.
The Bourassa Law Group has helped many different people with many different kinds of injuries in various types of premises liability claims, and our firm is committed to helping victims get everything they need and deserve. Call (303) 331-6186 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.
Frequently asked questions
The legal definition of a personal injury is when someone’s failure to use reasonable care in a particular situation results in another person’s physical, emotional, or psychological injury. Personal injury cases often rely on the elements of negligence to prove the responsible party’s actions were the cause of the other party’s injuries.
The length of a personal injury case depends on the type of case and various factors, such as the severity of the injury sustained and the duration of necessary treatment. A car accident case might take six months to resolve, while a wrongful death lawsuit could take two years. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding the case.
No. Whether you got hurt in a car accident or on someone else’s property, you should never speak with their liability insurance company about the claim. They try to save money whenever possible and could attempt to trick you into accepting a low settlement amount or intimidate you into dropping the case. Your Denver personal injury lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.
It depends. A vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. When we file a claim with the insurance company, we’ll submit evidence that proves you deserve compensation for your injuries. Sometimes the insurer is willing to settle. Other times, they deny the claim or provide a settlement much lower than you deserve. Under those circumstances, we will file a lawsuit and take the case to court.
Mediation is a step during a lawsuit where both sides meet to try to reach an agreement. The mediator listens to the arguments on both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s sides and attempts to resolve the issue. If they can reach an agreement, they will settle out of court, and the case will get dismissed. If they can’t resolve the matter, the case will proceed to trial.