Fire Causes $300,000 in Damages
Thursday morning, May 21, 2014, a Tallahassee, FL house caught fire on the 8100 block of Blue Quill Trail. Fortunately, the owners of the home were out of town on a camping trip and did not return home until contacted by investigators regarding the fire. Investigators found items missing, which leads them to believe burglary and arson caused the fire. The damages are estimated at $300,000. The incident is still under investigation.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security roughly 3,000 people die in residential fires each year. Two-thirds of the deadly residential fires had no smoke alarm present in the home. A smoke alarm could have deterred the deaths and the fire from spreading. Furthermore, other detrimental elements such as faulty wiring, cooking, negligent storing of paint cans, playing with matches, careless smoking, and more.
If the fire was the result of negligence by a third party, a claim may be brought on the victim’s behalf. Per the Florida Wrongful Death Act, which is Florida Statute 768.19, a claim is allowed to survive the victim’s death. In order to bring a claim as personal representative of the decedent’s estate, probate must be opened and an individual’s request to be appointed personal representative must be approved by the court. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we take care of opening probate on the decedent’s estate and make sure all the formalities that are required by the courts are observed.
Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim’s story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner’s office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.
If you have been injured or a loved one has died as a result of someone else’s intentional acts or omissions, please contact attorney Alexis Izquierdo for a free consultation regarding your rights and probate duties. You may be entitled to monetary relief for funeral expenses and loss of financial support among many other things.