Putting the pieces of your life back together following a devastating fire can be overwhelming, to say the least.

Ask the displaced residents of Windsor Green, where fire destroyed 26 condominiums at the Carolina Forest complex in Myrtle Beach.

Fortunately, there were no fatalities. But as those affected by the fire deal with the aftermath, it is important to understand the steps to take after the flames have been extinguished.

Among the first actions you should take after a fire is to call to your insurance company. Ask the company how it wants you to secure your residence and who they recommend to help with the cleanup.

Moving through soot and dirty water after a fire can make you sick. Extreme caution should be taken before touching any fire-damaged belongings.

Lost credit cards and significant documents should be replaced right away. It is also important to save all receipts that will be necessary to recover cleanup costs from your insurance company.

Burns and Personal Injury

Fire remains the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Those who survive burn injuries can face extreme pain and suffering. Sometimes, burns require long-term rehabilitation treatments or result in permanent disability.

Most fires can be traced to human negligence. A person or group responsible for a fire in South Carolina, whether by intentional acts or negligence, can be held liable for any resulting damages, injuries and suffering.

Our South Carolina burn injury attorneys at Joye Law Firm understand the recovery process and the challenges following a tragic fire. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a fire that was someone else’s fault, call Joye Law firm or use our online form.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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