Thanksgiving is the number one day in the United States for home cooking fires, followed closely by Christmas Day, and then Christmas Eve. From frying a turkey to electrical fires sparking up a Christmas tree, fire-related injuries and burns are unfortunately commonplace this time of year. If you have been injured due to a fire-related incident this holiday season, there are certain steps you need to take to ensure you are on the right track to a successful claim.
Hurt by a Fire-Related Injury? Follow These 3 Important Steps
Fire-related injuries due to faulty Christmas tree lights, broken kitchen appliances, or other accidents related to someone else’s negligence may leave you eligible for damages. To ensure you have the potential for a successful claim, make sure you do the following:
Document the Incident
In the case of a fire-related injury, you will want to immediately contact your local fire department. They will work professionally to ensure that everyone in the vicinity is safe and the fire has been properly extinguished. Afterward, you will want to document both the accident and your injury. As your burns heal, you will want to preserve the severity of the situation to highlight the damage you incurred fully. Other aspects of your accident you may want to retain for evidence include the following:
- Photos of the faulty appliance or cause of the fire
- Recorded footage of the scene
- Eyewitness names and contact details
- Photos of your injury
- Copy of fire department incident report
- Written detailed account of what happened
Though the shock of the incident may be overwhelming, acting swiftly to collect this information is vital to your case. A personal injury lawyer can relieve some of the stress and help to collect all of this information for you as you concentrate on healing and enjoying the remainder of the holidays surrounded by loved ones.
Visit a Doctor
Receiving prompt medical attention is critical for both your health and dealing with the insurance company. Having your injury fully checked out shows that you did your part in the attempted prevention of the injury getting any worse. It also is a way to document the fire-related incident was serious enough to have received immediate attention. Having a recorded doctor’s visit to add to your pile of evidence will help to substantiate your claim.
Call Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Navigating what to do after being injured due to a negligent party can be daunting. A Mesa personal injury attorney will work to gather all the evidence for you while allowing you to focus on getting better. They will use every tool available to fight for the damages you are owed.
An attorney will stand by your side and help ensure your settlement is appropriate for the injury you suffered.
Meet With a Feller & Wendt Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Claim
At Feller & Wendt, we take an individualized approach to personal injury cases and use our many years of experience to get you the compensation you deserve. We will be there every step of the way, from filing the claim to the settlement. If need be, we will take your case to the courtroom, where we have been successful in 95% of our cases.