Fires Caused By Faulty Wiring
Posted on June 16, 2020 in Personal Injury
Studies show that there are approximately 51,000 home electrical fires each year. Data suggests that these incidents cause around 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries, as well as significant property damage. Nobody should ever have to worry about whether or not the wiring in their home or business will lead to a fire. Unfortunately, these incidents are not uncommon. Here, we want to examine how faulty wiring can cause a fire and who may be held liable in these incidents.
How Faulty Wiring Causes a Fire
Faulty wiring inside a residential or commercial building is the third leading cause of fires (behind cooking fires and the use of heating equipment). According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments responded to an estimated 45,000 fires involving electrical failure or malfunction each year between 2012 and 2016. Aside from the tragic loss of life and injuries that occur in these incidents, faulty electrical wiring causes approximately $1.3 billion in property damage each year.
Some of the most common causes of fires caused by faulty wiring include:
- Faulty installation. It may be the case that a contractor or sub-contractor improperly installed wiring during the construction phase of a home or business.
- Defective parts. In some cases, the company or manufacturer of the wiring used in a home or business supplies defective parts to contractors.
- Overloading. It is not uncommon for an electrical system to become overloaded, particularly during special events when extra appliances or lights may be used. Overload fires are common during the winter months when more people spend time indoors.
- Overheating. In some cases, an electrical outlet or wiring can overheat and lead to a fire breaking out on the surrounding materials.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Faulty Wiring Fire?
In the aftermath of a fire caused by faulty wiring, there may be multiple parties that could be held liable.
- Contractors or sub-contractors. The contractors and sub-contractors who work on the initial construction of a home or business could be held liable if they did not properly install wiring in the building.
- Landlords. A landlord could be held responsible if they had knowledge of faulty wiring and failed to take steps to remedy the problem.
- Companies or manufacturers. If a company or manufacturer supplied defective wiring or other electrical parts, they could be held liable for any damages and injuries caused by fire.
- Repair and maintenance technicians. Electricians who service a home or business should be qualified to do the job. If an electrician falsifies their certifications or otherwise performs inadequate repairs, they could be held liable if a fire causes injuries or damages.
What Kind of Compensation Is Available for Victims?
If you or somebody you love has been injured or sustained property damage due to faulty electrical wiring, you may be entitled to various types of compensation for your losses. While these cases can become incredibly complex, you and your family may be able to recover the following:
- Coverage of all medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against grossly negligent companies, manufacturers, or installers
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our qualified and experienced team of San Francisco personal injury lawyers are going to conduct a thorough investigation into your claim. We thoroughly understand how product liability and premises liability laws applied to these situations, and we have the resources to ensure you are treated fairly. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (415) 899-2919.