Fire-Rescue responded to the 4000 block of Windsor Ave in West Palm Beach
on Monday, after a fire bore out at an unnamed mental health facility
in the area’s location. Investigative efforts by this firm did not
yield the location of name of the facility in question.
The woman, apparently, a resident at the unknown mental health or assisted-living
facility, died as a result of her injuries at St. Mary’s medical
center, after being air-lifted by trauma hawk to receive treatment at
Sadly, there is little information that is available publicly regarding
Was the fire caused by negligence?
The question of investigators is what caused the fire in the first place.
If officials determine that the fire was the result of negligence, there
is a potential wrongful death claim to be made under Florida law by any
surviving family members, including a spouse, children, or siblings.
While uncommon, fires be the result of some negligent action, or from a
lack of proper maintenance, such as a faulty electrical wiring installation,
or an improper installation of some appliance or electrical box.
A fire of this magnitude could have also occurred from a lack of maintenance
to upkeep building and code standards for safety and precautions.
Of course, another possibility remains, which is a bleak one: arson. Arson
is the intentional starting of a fire in a dwelling or building.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, arsonists destroyed nearly
$729 million worth of insurance property in 2014, according to the latest
data set available. Intentional arson accounting for about 4% of that
damage, mostly by owners looking to cash in on insurance proceeds*.
The case for a wrongful death claim
The potential case for a wrongful death claim files by surviving family
members hinges on the official determined cause of the fire. Regardless,
the family should seek the legal services of a local personal injury law
firm with experience handing
wrongful death cases involving mental health, assisted-living, and nursing care facilities.
Hiring a personal injury law firm is free of any out-of-pocket costs, and
consultations to determine whether a law firm like ours can help is always free.
*Insurance Information Institute - January 2016 report on Arson (http://www.iii.org/issue-update/arson)