Faulty Smoke Detectors

We rely on smoke detectors to keep us safe in our homes. We change the batteries religiously. We press the "test" button often. And yet, house fires kill, not because a homeowner was negligent, but because the manufacturer of the smoke detector was negligent in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of its product.

If you have lost your home to fire, were seriously burned or suffered the death of a loved one because a smoke detector failed to operate when it was needed, you will have questions about your rights and options. You'll also have questions:

  • Why didn't the battery warning alarm ring to alert us that the batteries were low?
  • Why did the device fail?
  • Can the manufacturer be held responsible for the fire?

We have the knowledge and resources to help

At Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., we can evaluate your case and determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit for damages and expenses after a smoke detector failed.

Our lawyers know the importance of starting quickly when handling a defective product case involving problem smoke alarms and detectors. Our investigators, accident reconstructionists, engineers and nursing staff work fast to ensure that all evidence is preserved and that all your injuries — both physical and nonphysical — are included in your claim. Complete our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.

Examples of smoke detector defects

Defects listed in smoke detector recall announcements include:

  • Possibility of electrostatic discharge that damages the smoke detector and prevents it from sounding an alarm in case of fire
  • Failure to detect smoke during a fire
  • High humidity and temperatures causing failure of the smoke sensor
  • Smoke detector causing batteries to drain
  • Horns fail to operate because of corrosion

Smoke alarm problems such as these can lead to catastrophic burn injuries, smoke inhalation and death. Don't hesitate to take action against the manufacturer and obtain the compensation you need after a smoke alarm fails.

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