When a smoke alarm fails and a life is lost the event gives rise to a number of legal claims. Building owners and managers have to inspect, maintain, repair or replace the detector to make sure that smoke alarms are functional. When a building owner or manager fails to discharge their duty they may be subject to a Wrongful Death and Survival Claim by the family of the deceased.
Manufacturers have a duty to produce smoke alarms which are free of defects. When a smoke alarm fails due to a manufacturing defect the manufacturer may be liable pursuant to the doctrines regarding products liability.
Sometimes smoke alarms fail because they are improperly installed. In those situations both the installer and the building owner may be liable.
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