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Can wildfire victims receive compensation in California?

By August 9, 2021May 26th, 2022No Comments

Wildfires burn over 1 million acres of land in California each year, destroying homes, businesses, and property. 

A majority of these wildfires are caused by people.

If you have suffered losses from a fire — property damage, lost income, physical or emotional injuries, or even the life of a loved one — we are here to help. Wildfire victims can receive compensation for their losses.

A California attorney experienced in representing the victims of wildfires can help determine who may be at fault for the fire and how you should be compensated for your losses.

At Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer, & Frankel, LLP, we have handled thousands of claims for victims of preventable wildfires.

How to recover losses after a fire has damaged your property

Wildfire victims sometimes assume that their losses will be totally covered under their homeowner’s or business’s insurance policy.  But far too often, insurance companies unreasonably deny these claims. Other times, the available insurance is not enough to cover the full extent of the damages suffered. 

In such cases, hiring a personal injury attorney with experience representing wildfire victims is the best way to fight for compensation.

The attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel have the experience, resources and skill to represent people who have sustained all types of catastrophic injuries, including:

  • Damage to your home
  • Damage to your business property
  • Damage to your ranch lands or equipment
  • Business disruption
  • Lost income or living expenses
  • Emotional distress
  • Personal injury
  • Wrongful death

We have represented thousands of people whose lives have been disrupted by preventable fires, including the fires caused in recent years by PG&E’s negligence.

We have been active in forcing PG&E to create a $13.5 billion fund to compensate fire victims, and we have handled thousands of claims against PG&E for victims of preventable wildfires.

What do I do if someone else is responsible for a fire that destroyed my home or business?

If you have lost property or belongings to a wildfire, there are ways to fight for support to rebuild your life.

Fire damage lawsuits can not only help you recover your losses, but also make sure that the people or entities to blame for starting the fire are held responsible for their negligence. 

Fire damage lawsuits can also force those responsible to take measures to prevent future fires so what happened to you doesn’t happen to someone else.

When we take on a wildfire case, we conduct an investigation — while working with the authorities — to determine if the fire was, in fact, caused by the negligent acts of a person or entity:

  • We gather evidence to show how the at-fault party acted negligently, and how that carelessness led to the fire.
  • We gather evidence of the losses our client has already faced, and we demonstrate, through economic projections, the loss in profit or income our client and their family will suffer as a result of the fire damage.

We then present this evidence to the at-fault party and attempt to negotiate a fair resolution. If the at-fault party does not accept our demand, we will take the case to court.

We refuse to settle for less than what our client’s case is worth.

Contact Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel

Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel has represented thousands of people whose lives have been disrupted by preventable fires.

We have been trusted by over 1,600 people to represent them in relation to fires caused by PG&E and have been active in forcing PG&E to create a $13.5 billion fund to compensate fire victims. Contact us for a free consultation today.

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