Fire and Wildfire ATTORNEYS
With California’s dry summers, fires can break out at home, at work, or just about anywhere with little to no warning. Within minutes, everything you treasure can be turned to ashes. It can take years to fully recover from your financial losses, and if you’ve been injured by a fire, you could be facing lifelong health consequences.
While these disasters can result from natural causes, not every fire is the result of mother nature. An unattended campfire, or poorly maintained electrical infrastructure, can destroy everything you have worked for.
After such a tragedy, it’s important to remember that you have legal rights, and you can hold individuals and corporations alike accountable for their negligent actions. The personal injury lawyers of Penney & Associates can help fire victims win financial compensation for their losses, so that they and their loved ones have the means to rebuild and move forward.
YOU CAN AFFORDOUR LEGAL SERVICES
A fire can cause serious injuries with life-long consequences, and cost you everything you own. It’s a situation that has become too familiar to many Californians, and that is why Penney & Associates offers free consultations for personal injury victims in the wake of a fire. If you don’t win, we don’t get paid!
Our firm offers over 100 years of combined experience in personal injury law. We have successfully won millions of dollars in damages for clients who have suffered due to the negligence of others. We are ready to take your case to trial in order to hold those responsible accountable for what they have done.
WHY YOU NEED EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYSFOR YOUR FIRE DAMAGE CLAIMS
Fire injury and damage claims can be extremely complex, particularly for large wildfires where investigations can take months, even years to complete. If a utility company or other large company is possibly responsible for the fire, they will try to take every action possible to stall lawsuits against them. For example, PG&E filed Chapter 11 in order to force an automatic stay of litigation, giving them a chance to hold off any pending lawsuits while waiting for investigators to finish their work on the Camp Fire of 2018.
Another factor to consider is your insurance provider. A claims adjuster is trained to look for any way to limit what a company pays out on a policy, and they will look for any evidence that your losses or injuries were the result of your own actions. And when it comes to compensating for the loss of property, they may also attempt to devalue the items in question in order to limit payouts.
Since 1992, Penney & Associates has helped thousands of clients win the compensation they deserve, in and out of court. We know what fire victims face when dealing with insurers and those liable for their losses. Many of our attorneys come from the insurance industry, and we know how to work around and through these tactics.
HOW WE WILL HELP YOU FILE YOUR CLAIM,AND WIN THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE
Before we take on your case, we will consult with you to establish the facts and circumstances surrounding the fire, your losses, and your injuries. We’ll walk you through the process of filing a claim, and also provide guidance on how to deal with your insurance company and the lawyers representing those responsible for your losses. In the event that your fire-related losses were part of a much larger disaster, we can help establish a class-action claim with other victims of the fire.
When necessary, Penney & Associates can work with independent experts to corroborate your claims, and to disprove any counterclaims from potentially liable parties. We will work with you to get into contact with other witnesses or victims of the fire as needed.
Most importantly, we will ensure that all of the necessary paperwork for your claim is in order, and is filed with the right authorities, on time. Many large fire claims against businesses and individuals are often settled out of court. But if necessary, the Penney & Associates team is ready to represent you before judge and jury.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREPAREFOR A FIRE DAMAGE AND INJURY CLAIM
When a fire destroys everything you own, or takes the lives of your loved ones, it can be difficult to see how it is possible for you to even begin recovering from your losses. However, there are some things you can do to prepare for filing a damage claim:
- Make a record of what you’ve lost. From personal property to lost wages, you can recover damages for all of this. Making such a record also helps when filing a claim with your fire insurance policy.
- Maintain any bills incurred due to the incident. Medical bills, property payments, and any other bills and regular monthly payments affected by your losses can also be included in the damages you wish to recover.
- Be prepared to show evidence of your actions on the day of the fire. Individual claims can be dismissed if it can be shown that your own actions may have contributed to your losses.
- Limit your social media use, and keep it private. Insurers and attorneys do look at the social media accounts of victims to see if their posts contradict their stated physical injuries or personal losses.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON CAUSESOF FIRES AND WILDFIRES?
Many experts in the field of climate change say that recent weather patterns have greatly contributed to the destructive nature of California’s wildfires. CalFire has warned that our fire seasons are growing longer and more intense, meaning that more people around the state will be facing potential danger throughout the year.
Many fires are the result of unfortunate accidents. Others are caused by Mother Nature, as many Californians have learned the hard way. However, the vast majority of wildfires are due to the actions, and sometimes the lack of action, of our fellow citizens. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California’s history were sparked a utility company’s power lines. The 2018 Camp Fire was started when high winds struck high voltage transmission lines on towers nearly 100 years old.
However, while county-sized wildfires make national headlines, many fires are smaller, more personal affairs for victims. A faulty electrical repair could set a home ablaze in the middle of the night while the residents are comfortably asleep. Rags soaked with linseed oil can spontaneously combust as they dry. Kitchen grease fires can start with shocking quickness, burning employees who were otherwise following every other safety precaution. But regardless of the cause or the scale of destruction, Penney & Associates can help.