Smoke detectors are our primary line of defense against the dangers of fire. If a fire breaks out in your home, it is crucial to have a functioning, precise smoke detector in your home. Our Boston personal injury law firm is the name to trust if you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a faulty smoke detector. Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C., will help you get to the bottom of the issue and hold the parties responsible liable for their negligence.
Ionization smoke detectors have been known for years to fail when faced with certain types of fires, such as smoldering fires. Our Boston injury lawyer is one of the only attorneys in the country who focuses on holding the companies who make millions off of these units responsible. When a smoke detector has failed you, reach out to our product liability attorney in Boston, MA, right away.
There are two types of smoke-sensing technologies used in smoke alarms–ionization and photoelectric. Flaming fires (as when a Christmas tree is ignited) generate small smoke particles. Smoldering fires (as when a cigarette ignites a couch pillow) generate larger smoke particles.
The smoke-sensing technology used in the ionization smoke alarm results in it being effective at detecting small smoke particles from a flaming fire. However, that same technology is ineffective at detecting larger smoke particles that are generated in a smoldering fire. Therefore, smoke detector failure can occur.
Approximately 90% of homes in the United States are equipped with ionization smoke alarms. Testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology has revealed that the photoelectric alarm will sound an alarm during a smoldering fire as much as 30 minutes before an ionization alarm will sound during the same fire. This test concluded that “ionization alarms may not always provide enough time for the most sensitive populations with mobility limitations to escape a smoldering fire.”
Why is this defect so dangerous? It’s the smoldering fires that are the leading cause of fire-related deaths in homes.
The smoke alarm industry has known for years about these testing results that prove the ionization alarm is defective. Despite this, manufacturers have continued to sell the ionization alarm, choosing profit over ensuring its consumers are provided sufficient fire protection.
Recently, Good Morning America did a special segment highlighting the defective nature of the ionization smoke alarm.
The smoke detector recall attorneys at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. have extensive experience, knowledge, and resources to investigate and prosecute cases involving severe injury and death caused by the defective ionization smoke alarm.
Turn to trusted attorneys who have experience investigating and handling defective smoke detector cases. When you or your family has sustained a smoke inhalation injury because an ionization smoke detector failed to go off, what can you do to make sure the facts of your accident are fully investigated? If a fire results in injuries or the loss of your home, we can help. Our legal team has handled numerous ionization smoke detector accident cases and can provide experienced and knowledgeable legal help.
All the work we provide is on a contingency fee basis. So, you pay nothing if we don’t win compensation for you. All attorney time is at no charge as well, including your initial consultation. In addition, we can visit you at your home or in the hospital.