If you have been burned or injured in a fire, which was caused by the cigarette of another person, you may be in a position to make a cigarette fire accident claim. Every year hundreds of people are injured or lose their lives in fires started by carelessly attended cigarettes. In many of these cases, the injured party is also the one who started the fire with their cigarette, but there may be situations in which you are injured in a fire started by someone else, in which case you may have grounds for a compensation claim with a reputable law firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
How cigarette fires start
Over a third of all house fires in the UK are thought to have been started by a cigarette that had not been properly extinguished. Leaving a cigarette smouldering in an ashtray last thing at night is extremely dangerous, and if you are tired or fall asleep, you may not realise that your cigarette has not gone out. Smoking in bed is a potentially lethal activity. All homes, workplaces and public spaces should be fitted with working smoke alarms that are tested regularly. These can make the difference between a fire that is contained and controlled, and a fire that causes huge destruction and loss of life.
Making a compensation claim
If you started a fire with your own lit cigarette through carelessness, you will probably not be able to claim compensation. If you were injured in a fire started by another person with a cigarette, then you may be able to claim compensation from them. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is to call our free, 24-hour helpline to speak to a knowledgeable and sympathetic advisor. They will listen to your account of the cigarette fire accident and, after a few simple questions, should be able to tell you if you have grounds for a claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Another situation where you might be able to claim is if you are in a public place or working environment that catches fire due to a stray or smouldering cigarette, and the building does not meet adequate fire regulations. For instance, if a cigarette is dropped into an area cluttered with old newspapers and other flammable material, then the building owners may be considered culpable for failing to clear these potential fire hazards, particularly if they have received warnings and ignored them.
How to proceed
After calling our free helpline you will be given the option of getting in touch with one of our team of expert lawyers. The decision is entirely yours, but all of our lawyers and solicitors are prepared to take on your case on a no win, no fee* basis. This means they will use all of their skill and experience to prove that the negligence of a third party caused the fre and that you are legally entitled to compensation as a result. At Accident Advice Helpline we will consider every aspect of your cigarette fire accident claim and will always do our best to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.
If you want to call us then you can reach us on 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: May 27, 2015
Author: David Brown