A woman passed away from smoke inhalation after a fire in her home. Her family filed a wrongful death suit against their home security system because, apparently, the company ADT was alerted twice to a problem at the home. The employee tried to reach the homeowners, but when no one answered they decided to clear the incident instead of reporting it to emergency personnel.
It was not until 90 minutes later that a city employee called 9-1-1. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Frost did not make it and later passed at the hospital. The family was then again disappointed because the case was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson. While it seems that the security company would be partially liable, it was most likely dismissed because people are not required by law to help other people, or to call 9-1-1. Further liability for the fire most likely lies solely with those who started the fire.
- Liability for a fire rests in the hands of the person who started the fire, not the person who failed to report the danger
- Depending on the type of home breach, a security system company may not be responsible for ensuring your safety