Elderly Person Seriously Injured In Englewood, Chicago House Fire
Unsafe Premises - January 22, 2024
House Fire In Englewood, Chicago House Fire At Home Along South Elizabeth Street Left One Person Critically Injured
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (January 22, 2024) – An elderly person was critically injured in an Englewood, Chicago house fire at a home along South Elizabeth Street.
Cook County officials are saying that the incident took place on Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire.
They pulled an elderly person out of the burning home in Englewood. The victim was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center with critical injuries.
A full investigation into the cause of the fire remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Chicago House Fires
House fires remain a major cause of serious injury and death in the United States. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “More than one-quarter of the reported fires in 2016–2020 (26 percent) occurred in home environments. In addition, three-quarters of the civilian fire deaths (75 percent) and almost three-quarters of the reported civilian fire injuries (74 percent) during that time were caused by home structure fires.” There are a number of common causes of residential fires.
- Unattended cooking can easily lead to a kitchen fire.
- Electrical malfunction due to faulty wiring and damaged electrical appliances are another major cause of home fires.
- Space heaters can lead to a fire if they are left near blankets or other flammable materials.
Depending on the facts of any case, the company that created a product could be liable for a home fire. Companies have a legal obligation to create products that are reasonably safe and must warn about the non-obvious dangers associated with the use of their products. Many products run off of lithium ion battery packs. It’s not uncommon for these batteries to inadvertently combust and start fires. the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that around 5,000 fires a year were started with products using lithium ion battery packs. It is important that certain steps are taken after any residential fire.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- The source of the fire should be determined.
- Medical records related to the fire should be sought.
- A thorough investigation should be conducted.
- An experienced premises liability attorney should be contacted.
It can be hard to know where to begin after any residential fire. Victims may be left with high medical bills and serious injuries. In many situations, they may also end up losing their home. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after any home fire. Evidence will ultimately reveal who may be liable for an incident. Any person that is injured in a home fire may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.
Investigating Chicago House Fires
We at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates extend our best wishes to the victim of this Englewood, Chicago house fire. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an Englewood, Chicago house fire? You may have legal recourse. Our team of premises liability attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping accident victims get the support and justice that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (312) 564-4256.