In March 2019, a 25-year-old man – Albert Madrid – died after rushing into a burning mobile home in Highland to help rescue a family from a fire. Madrid did not make it out of the flaming mobile home alive. The fire occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m. in a trailer park at the 72000 block of Sterling Avenue.
When the fire department arrived at the scene, the residents of the mobile home had already been rescued by Madrid; they suffered mild to moderate injuries. However, Madrid was still in the mobile home, which was engulfed in flames.
After extinguishing the fire, firefighters found Madrid’s body among the debris. He was pronounced dead at approximately 12:49 a.m.
His father made the following statement: “[Albert] noticed a trailer was on fire as he and his girlfriend [pulled] into the trailer park. Without even thinking about it, he jumped off his car and ran into the burning trailer to help two little girls who were still inside. He helped the little girls get our but he wasn’t able to escape the burning trailer himself.”
The Madrid family wants to remember Albert as the hero he was; his selflessness saved multiple people.
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The Cause of the Fire
Although information surrounding the cause of the fire was unclear for a very long time, information points to the pipes under the mobile home park were damaged. Residents of the mobile home park couldn’t have possibly known that there were any issues with the gas pipes under the park. Could the owner of the mobile home park have known that the gas pipes under the park were damaged? Could the gas company have known that the gas pipes were damaged?
Gas lines can become damaged for a number of reasons. Gas lines could become damage simply due to normal deterioration, in earthquakes, or in digging for construction, for example. Although damaged gas lines are not always obvious, parties must do everything within their reach to address the damaged gas lines as soon as the possibility. The cause of a fire or explosion associated with damaged gas lines could be related to the property owner’s negligence or even the gas company’s negligence, depending on the specific circumstances of the incident.
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Understanding the Dangers of Fire and Related Injuries
Fires can cause significant injuries to all parties involved. Without a doubt, the most common type of injuries consists of burns. The parties involved in fires could suffer burns varying in degrees – the most severe charring bone. In addition to burns, the parties involved in fires could suffer other harm. Smoke inhalation can cause many complications and could even lead to death. Smoke is quick to fill a burning structure; the parties inside could inhale smoke and gases, which could inflame the lungs/airway and essentially block oxygen. If a victim survives smoke inhalation, it is possible that he or she will be left with respiratory issues – it is even possible to sustain brain damage due to the lack of oxygen to the brain. Fires could also cause structural damage, which could result in collapsing roofs and walls, for instance; this could result in victims becoming trapped under debris and suffering additional harm.
The Right to Sue
Depending on the specific details of the incident that harmed you or a member of your family, you might have grounds to pursue a claim. For example, if a property owner was aware with issues with the gas lines but dialed to take any immediate action, the property owner could be held liable. Likewise, if the gas company was informed of the possible issue with the gas lines and failed to get to the scene and investigate, for instance, the gas company could be held liable. In addition, any construction companies that started digging without the proper authorizations, leading to damaging gas pipes, could result in construction companies being held liable.
Your right to sue is based on negligence – a party owed you and your family a duty of care that was breached, directly leading to the fire and the harm that you suffered. If you can prove that the negligent actions of a party directly caused the harm that you suffered, you will likely have the right to file a claim.
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The Right to Receive Compensation
Depending on the specific details of your claim, you could sue and fight for your right to receive monetary compensation. The compensation that you could recover will always be based on the details of the claim. In general, compensation for some of the following could be available:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
To ensure that you recover the compensation that you deserve, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with our experts as soon as possible. Our lawyers will evaluate your claim and fight for your right to recover the highest amount of compensation available for your claim. Whether we have to take your claim to trial or aggressively negotiate a settlement, you can trust that our experienced lawyers will do fight until you recover the compensation that you deserve.
What is the Applicable Statute of Limitations?
All claims are subject to statutes of limitations (or deadlines) that determine the specific length of time that claimants have to sue. When victims fail to file their claims within the appropriate length of time, they will lose their right to sue. In California, claimants generally have two years to pursue an injury or wrongful death claim; however, exceptions could apply and result in changes to the applicable statute of limitations. If you would like to learn more about the specific statute of limitations that applies to your claim (to prevent losing the right to sue), it is essential that you seek legal assistance immediately – a lawyer will be able to give you all the information that you need regarding the time that you have to sue.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group
Without a doubt, the incident described above changed the Madrid family forever. Albert Madrid sacrificed his life to save many others. Although it was his decision to enter the flaming mobile home to rescue those who were still inside, the entire incident could have been prevented. If the fire had never started, no one would have needed to be rescued from the flames, and no one would be dead.
If you or a member of your family suffered harm associated with a fire, it is important that you understand that you might have the right to sue. To learn more about the possibility of filing a claim and recovering compensation after a catastrophic fire, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers have many years of experience and are ready to effectively handle your claim – and guide you towards a successful outcome.
If you would like to discuss your claim with our experts, you should contact us immediately – you could benefit from our free legal services. Our free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions, which ensure that all parties interested in getting legal assistance have access to the information that they need to begin or continue their claims. These free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee, which ensure that our clients never have to worry about paying upfront legal fees. Because our firm is also based on a contingency structure, our clients will never be required to pay anything until after reaching a successful claim outcome – if you do not win, you will not be required to pay anything.