Holding The Responsible Party Accountable
There is almost nothing more devastating than an accident that could have been prevented. At Goodrich & Geist, we have seen this too many times when representing families who have been injured or lost a loved one due to defective smoke detectors. If you are in a similar situation, it's important to talk to a lawyer about your legal options and rights to compensation.
As Greensburg fire and burn injury attorneys, we can help you bring a defective products claim against the smoke alarm manufacturer. In addition, if you are a renter who has been injured in an apartment fire, we may also be able to bring a claim against your landlord for failure to maintain the alarm or failure to use the proper type. And in the most serious of cases, we are ready to help you obtain justice in a survivor action or wrongful death claim.
Understanding Smoke Alarms And The Causes Of Defect Or Malfunction
There are two types of smoke alarms on the market:
- Photoelectric alarms that detect smoke
- Ionization alarms that detect heat
The ionization alarm is beneficial for fast burning, heat-intense fires that do not produce a significant amount of smoke. The photoelectric alarm is the best option for detecting smoky, slow burning, smoldering fires.
Either type of alarm can default, whether due to a defective design, improper wiring or lack of battery backup. But typically the majority of defective detector claims arise when an ionization alarm fails to detect smoke. These instances are widely seen in manufactured (mobile) homes because the airtight construction causes smoldering fires to remain undetected by an ionization alarm, until it is too late.
Part of our job as your legal counsel will be to prove the defective smoke alarm failed to alert you of the danger in enough time to escape injury. To do this, we work with some of the most respected experts in the field. From investigating product type and design, to analyzing the type and cause of the fire, our experts are essential in making the case for your compensation award.
Erie, PA, Faulty Smoke Alarm Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a fire, contact Goodrich & Geist at 800-806-2456. As Pittsburgh defective smoke detector lawyers, we are ready to fight for your rights and hold the responsible party accountable.