If you are one of the people whose home, farm, or business was burned in the California wine country fires, it may not matter to you at this time how the fires started, what really matters is getting the money you need to rebuild and recover. If you are one of the people impacted by the California fires, it is important to know that you have rights. We are wildfire lawyers ready to help make you whole.
We are dedicated to helping you protect those rights now and in the future, while ensuring you are compensated for your losses. We can help you file fire damage insurance claims and prevent you from unknowingly signing away your rights. We will ensure you are treated fairly by your insurance provider, and that you get the amount of insurance compensation that you’ve been paying for.
It’s too soon to know if any one party is responsible for the fires, but when cause is determined, we can help make sure that party is held responsible for your injuries, losses, and damages – even if you have already received compensation from your insurance provider.
If you have insurance, file a claim as soon as possible. Many insurers have initiated an advanced claims process that can get money into your hands faster. The AAA of Northern California is providing its clients with prepaid debit cards, while others are working to get money to policyholders within 36 hours. Adjusters who came to inspect your damage may also issue advances for home and business owners as well as renters. If you need assistance in navigating the complexities of insurance damage claims, we can help make sure all forms are properly prepared and submitted within the established time limits. if you have already filed a claim, but your insurance provider is not working with you to resolve your claim quickly and fairly, contact wildfire attorneys as soon as possible.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
Because Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Sonoma and Yuba counties were declared disaster zones, residents in these areas are eligible to seek emergency assistance from federal and state agencies. You can apply for FEMA emergency assistance for items that may not be covered by your insurance, such as temporary housing, reimbursement for temporary holdings, home repairs, home replacement, and permanent or semi-permanent housing construction. FEMA may also help with disaster-related expenses such as child care, medical and dental, funeral and burial expenses, moving and storage expenses, and even cleanup expenses.
Apply for disaster assistance here or call 1-800-621-3362.
The fires that raged in California caused billions of dollars in damage that has resulted in tens of thousands of damage claims for businesses and residential properties, farm equipment, and vehicles.
Other recent disasters, including the devastating hurricanes that hit Florida, Texas, and Puerto Rico, have caught everyone unexpectedly. Nobody could have imagined that the country would be pummeled by forces of such ferocity. But, the truth is insurance companies are in the business of catastrophes and you pay a premium to ensure that you will have the means to recover your losses and rebuild your home or business after disaster strikes.
When insurance companies get hit with disaster claims they often try to buy time by unfairly denying, unnecessarily delaying, and short-changing policyholders.
You have rights under the law, including the right to be treated fairly and the right to be paid fairly for your legitimate damage claims. Insurance companies know you have these rights, but they also know that if they make it hard enough for you, you may settle for a lower payout, or give up all together.
Disaster law is what we do, and we know the games these companies play. We don’t let them get away with it and neither should you. Call us today and get the insurance payouts you paid for. For decades, we have fought for the rights of policyholders who are taken advance of by insurance companies and we stand ready to fight for you now. Don’t let your insurance company get away with unfair denying, delaying, or low-balling your wildfire damage claims.
While the causes of wildfires are being investigated, some common features were found at all four locations, including nearby power lines. At two of the locations, downed telecommunications, power lines, and tree branches were cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape. The California Public Utilities Commission is investigating whether downed power lines played a role in the ignition of the wildfires, and has requested that all evidence related to the wildfires be preserved by PG&E.
If PG&E is liable for the deadly wildfires, they could potentially be liable for up to $6 billion in damages. The company said it has about $800 million in liability insurance for potential losses connected with the wildfires. This isn’t the first time the investor-owned energy utility has faced such allegations.
PG&E has a history of failing to provide proper maintenance that can help protect against these types of catastrophic disasters. In fact, it has only been months since PG&E was fined $8.3 million by the state for failing to maintain power lines that started the Amador County “Butte Fire” in 2015. That fire burned 71,000 acres and claimed two lives.
Whether or not PG&E is responsible for the fires, you need to be compensated for losses now. Your first step to recovery is filing a wildfire damage claim with your insurance. If you need help filing your claim, contact us, we will ensure your claims and all required documentation are submitted properly and that your insurance provider does not take advantage of you during the recovery process.
We are wildfire lawyers who fight for the rights of victims who suffered damage and losses because of the negligence of others. We fight insurance companies who act in bad faith by delaying, denying, and low balling the damage claims of policyholders who need them.
Because disaster law is what we do, we know the games that insurance companies may play to avoid costly payouts, and we won’t let them get away with it. We stand by you every step of the way to make sure you aren’t taken advance of while you work to rebuild and recover from your losses.
Contact us today and learn more about our strategies:
ANALYZE your situation and your insurance policies to determine exactly what’s in your contract and how we can maximize the best use of your coverage for this disaster.
SCOPE the extend of the loss and damage that your property sustained.
ESTIMATE the cost of repairs to fix or replace your damages with experts that know properties and how to estimate damages from wildfires and other catastrophic events.
ADVOCATE on behalf of Northern California Wildfire victims to ensure you get the most compensation possible for fire damages.
NEGOTIATE with the insurance company on your behalf to reach the best settlement possible.
If necessary, LITIGATE the case in court and use every lawful measure to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
For decades, we have been fighting for the rights of private citizens and residential and commercial property owners in California and across the country. We know and understand the heartache and frustration that can be caused by the destruction of personal possessions, your home, and your business.
We know how difficult it is to be displaced into shelters, the homes of friends and family, even vehicles. We currently represent home and business owners who have suffered tremendous damages as a result of the wine country wildfires. We stand ready to assist you. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you get the most financial recovery for your losses.