The wildfires that tore through Northern California in October 2017 destroyed more than 8,000 homes and buildings and burned at least 245,000 acres of land. The fires claimed at least 43 lives and more than 185 people were hospitalized in what would become one of the deadliest wildfire events in U.S. history.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by the wine country wildfires, our attorneys are here to help. Kaiser Gornick LLP can handle different kinds of damage caused by fires including:
Even if you have insurance to cover your home and belongings, you may realize that you are underinsured. The price to rebuild and replace everything you might have lost may be higher than your insurance limits and particularly because the costs of materials and labor almost always rise in a community that has experienced disaster. You may also not be fully insured for items such as art work, jewelry and other luxury items. Insurance also does not fully compensate for irreplaceable items.
If you were renting your home, you may still have a claim for your personal property losses, mental anguish, and lost income as you recover from your loss.
It can be hard to tell who is responsible for a wildfire if the origin was human. While the investigation is ongoing and the government officials charged with the duty to investigate have not reached any conclusion, a lot of attention is focused on Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and its poor track record for maintenance. Allegations made in at least 9 separate lawsuits point to PG&E’s poor maintenance of its high voltage lines.
Many law firms are accepting cases concerning California wildfires, so it can be hard to choose among them. The decision to hire is an extremely personal one, as you will be working closely with your advocate over the course of many months. Consider how much experience your attorney has with litigation and trial. How many other wildfire cases are they accepting? Will an attorney pay personal attention to your case in particular? Don’t hesitate to ask about your attorney’s track record and history of success.
For more information about how we can help, contact us at (800) 824-8234 today for a free initial consultation.