A Cook County man has filed a lawsuit against his landlord as well as the manufacturer of a medical device for injuries he sustained. In the lawsuit, the man claims that he was permanently injured by a medical device that he used for his sleep apnea. The medical equipment was in use in his rented home located in Brookfield, IL. The device reportedly overheated due to faulty wiring in the home. This caused the unit to explode and cause a fire in the home. The lawsuit is seeking damages of more than $50,000 to cover medical expenses and permanent injuries sustained in the fire.
The landlord of a building has the responsibility to provide a safe environment for tenants. In this case, the landlord allegedly knew that the wiring in the home was old and required updating, yet did nothing to fix it. Additionally, the correct circuit breakers were not installed. Had the wiring been fixed and the circuit breakers installed, the accident would not have occurred. In this case, the landlord is liable for the accident and was negligent by not updating the electrical system in the home. Fires in homes, particularly in older residences, are often caused by faulty wiring. The owner of the building is responsible for making sure that the property is safe for residents and guests.
The man who filed the lawsuit was seriously injured in the fire. The man utilized special medical equipment prescribed for his sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a type of sleep disorder that causes an individual to stop breathing while asleep. With sleep apnea, the patient’s airway is temporarily blocked or in some cases, the brain does not respond to stimuli properly. The situation can cause severe injury or death in some instances. In this case, the man was using a CPAP unit with oxygen tanks at night to facilitate breathing. The unit, located under the man’s bed, overheated, causing a fire that spread through the unit. The lawsuit states that the manufacturer of the tank is also responsible for the overheating.
When you or a loved one have suffered injuries because of another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Damages sought may include money that you paid for medical treatment, money for lost wages because of the injury, and future expenses that may be necessary. Also, you may be entitled to money for pain and suffering and for legal fees to resolve the case. Burn injuries are among the most painful types of injury and can require lengthy treatment and surgery. Immediate injuries heal over time but the damaged skin, tendons, and muscles can suffer permanent scarring that requires a lengthy recovery. Some burn injuries are never fully healed.
Many times, injury cases like this one are settled before going to court. An assertive attorney knows how to negotiate to get you the money you deserve. Contact the skilled team of personal injury attorneys at Michael T. Friedman & Associates, PC to discuss your case during your free consultation.
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