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Los Angeles Attorney David Shoop Takes Judicial Fire Investigation to the Next Level.
Our leading burn injury lawyer at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation is one of the most experienced fire cause and origin litigators in the nation. Founding Attorney David Shoop has investigated scores of fire scenes and consulted on major fire cases nationally. Mr. Shoop is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Protection Research Foundation. He has been asked to present numerous lectures to attorneys regarding NFPA 921 investigatory standards, fire scene processing, and evidence retention. Mr. Shoop also produced the widely read legal resource the Four Golden Rules of Fire Scene Processing.
NFPA: Bettering Fire Safety in Homes
A predominating amount of structure fires, fire-related deaths and fire-related burn and smoke inhalation injuries occur in the home. Mr. Athens, a research colleague of Mr. Shoop, utilized data points directly from the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) as well as NFPA's fire department experience survey in determining the analysis of frequency and forensic causes as well as the overarching circumstances attendant to home fire causation and losses.
According to internal NFPA estimates, U.S. fire departments were dispatched and responded to approximately 358,300 residential fires each year from 2010-2014. Significantly, these fires resulted in an estimated 2,520 deaths, 13,000 injuries, and approximately $6.7 billion in property damages each year. 70% of reported residential fires and nearly 85% of residential, fire-related deaths occurred in one- or two-family residences including manufactured homes. The remaining incidents took place in apartment units or other multiple-family housing structures.
What endangers us in our homes? Cooking materials and equipment are, unsurprisingly, the leading cause of residential fires and fire-related burn injuries and smoke inhalation. In the case of fatal residential fires, the blame rests with smoking paraphernalia more often than kitchen equipment. Accordingly, 50% of fatal residential fires start in either the living room or the bedroom. Around 60% of fatalities took place in homes without functioning smoke alarms.
Experienced Representation in Your Fire or Burn Injury Case
The burn injury lawyers at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation have handled all manner of fire claims, from property damage claims to mass fatalities. In the courtroom, there is simply no substitute for experience. Our firm has some of the largest settlements for catastrophic fire and burn injury cases in the state of California. Attorney David Shoop has successfully investigated and processed many fire scenes in support of his clients and as a consultant for other attorneys.
If you or your family have been injured in a residential fire, make sure you have an experienced team on your side. Contact us online or call (866) 884-1717 for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.