It is a sad reality, but no winter season goes without tragedies caused by malfunctioning space heaters. Unfortunately, defective space heaters have been the cause of many house fires and fatalities during the winter months. While people are just trying to stay warm, little do they suspect that their heaters would malfunction or short out and catch their homes on fire.

When homes are set ablaze, many times people are trapped and not able to get out in time. As a result of defective space heaters, people have died due to burns or smoke inhalation injuries.

If your loved one died as a result of an electric space heater causing a blaze, you may have a lawsuit if:

  • Your loved one wasn’t misusing the space heater
  • Your loved one was using the space heater in the manner for which it was intended
  • The space heater was deemed defective

When something so horrific occurs due to a defect in manufacturing or design, your family will have a wrongful death lawsuit on your hands. When pursuing a wrongful death claim, make sure you pursue the following damages:

  • Burial and funeral expenses
  • Property damages
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Punitive damages

Talk to a lawyer to determine the damages you should pursue in your case and who you should hold liable. For example, you may have a lawsuit against the manufacture of the heater, the distributor of the heater or a third party. For help with your Florida wrongful death lawsuit, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld today to speak with a Broward County wrongful death lawyer in a free consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].