When Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel takes on a claim, we start with an investigation. We advance those costs, as well as litigation expenses.
Our experts will conduct their own independent investigation and will, when appropriate, work with police, the U.S. Forest Service, and firefighters to determine whether PG&E started the fire and if it resulted from the utility’s negligence.
We also evaluate how you and your family were impacted by the fire. We calculate your current losses and project your future losses the fire caused. With this information, we negotiate a fair settlement with the at-fault party.
We are trial lawyers, and while we make every effort to settle cases when doing so would be in the best interests of our clients, we always prepare to go to court. We find the best way to get a case to settle is to be prepared to go to trial. Should we come to an impasse because the at-fault party refuses to pay what is fair, we can take your case to a jury and prove exactly what compensation you deserve.
When you hire us as your lawyers, you do not pay us directly. We will never send you a bill or ask you to advance any costs associated with your case. You will only pay us a percentage of what we recover for you. If we cannot secure a settlement or judgment in your favor, you will owe us nothing.
Using Evidence to Prove Negligence
California law has a strict procedure for holding a negligent party financially responsible for the damages caused by their actions. If the official investigation names PacifiCorp cable lines as the cause of the McKinney Fire, the steps for gaining compensation are straightforward.
Once we establish fault, our wildfire attorneys must show a direct line of causation between the fire and a victim’s losses.
Plaintiffs must prove that:
- The company acted negligently by not properly maintaining the cables
- This negligence resulted in the fire and the subsequent harm
- You suffered losses due to this negligence
- You can offer legal proof of your losses and sue for negligence
Proof of losses can take many forms, from medical bills to photos showing destroyed lands or structures and corresponding property appraisals.
Wildfire Claim Experience that Goes to Work for You
Wildfire claims are a specialized legal action. Building a solid case that holds up in court and maximizing your compensation require the expertise of experienced wildfire attorneys.
The wildfire lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer, & Frankel have over 40 years of experience in the legal field of fire damage lawsuits. Our legal team knows how to effectively conduct independent investigations, build a case for maximum compensation, and represent our clients in insurance negotiations and court proceedings.
Our in-depth knowledge of local factors like the justice system, expert witnesses, and police lends your case credibility and respect in the eyes of the local courts.
A Wildfire Attorney Helps Prove What the McKinney Fire Cost You
Once authorities officially identify a company like PacifiCorp for a wildfire like the McKinney Fire, they must pay for the harm they caused. However, individual compensation values in a McKinney Fire claim can vary widely.
Successfully gaining compensation is achieved through the work of a wildfire attorney collecting as much detailed information as possible about how the fire impacted your finances and other areas of the life of a victim and their family members.
The McKinney Fire damaged around 200 structures, many of which were private residential homes. Additional homes suffered damage that is repairable but often costly.
Our wildfire attorneys can help you recover compensation for both homes and personal property lost in the McKinney Fire. We can also help victims recover reimbursements for the cost of necessary home repairs.
An estimated 2,000 Californians needed to evacuate their homes due to the McKinney Fire, which destroyed 200 structures. For many, this led to either a temporary or permanent loss of employment.
The McKinney Fire also resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. In these cases, the victims or their loved ones may be eligible to receive compensation for the loss of anticipated lifetime income when death or injury has impacted a victim’s ability to provide financially for dependents or other family members.
Many business owners were impacted financially by the McKinney Fire. Businesses lost in the fire are eligible for compensation. Some business owners may qualify for the loss of revenue caused by the fire.
Also, some evacuation-related expenses may be recoverable through proprietor-mandated evacuation under a company’s business interruption coverage.
Personal injuries from an incident like the McKinney Fire include far more than immediate physical injuries like burns. Victims often sustain additional injuries while getting themselves, their loved ones, and their pets to a safe place.
However, fire-related injuries can appear over time as well. The toxic fumes inhaled while breathing smoke-filled air can lead to many physical problems related to heart and lung health, increasing the risk of life-threatening conditions like heart attack and stroke.
When a loved one dies in a wildfire, immediate loved ones such as a spouse, parent, or child can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for the premature loss of a loved one’s life.
Living through a wildfire, especially one that has taken the lives of other victims, can be a deeply traumatizing experience. Victims needed to evacuate their homes and abandon personal property. Many lost their homes forever, along with irreplaceable possessions.
In some cases, the trauma of a wildfire can lead to compensation for pain and suffering.
A Wildfire Lawyer Represents You in Insurance Negotiations and at Trial
Our team of wildfire attorneys goes to work to recover the compensation you deserve. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies to maximize the compensation value you’re eligible for under the policies of the parties involved.
When insurance cannot sufficiently reimburse your damages, our trial lawyers are ready and willing to take your case to trial. Not every law firm has the expertise to win a trial case. Still, the wildfire attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, Mainzer & Frankel have the resources and experience it takes to produce successful trial verdicts for our clients.
Restoring Justice to Families Affected by the McKinney Fire Tragedy
Although the investigation is still underway, current evidence strongly suggests that tragic losses caused by the McKinney Fire were the preventable result of corporate oversight. When a company’s negligence causes death and destruction that impacts the well-being and livelihood of countless families, a wildfire attorney serves as an advocate for the victims.
No money can resolve the loss of life or emotional trauma caused by the McKinney Fire, but taking legal action can provide financial support to help victims in their time of loss. When loss of property, business assets, or income impacts a family’s finances, a wildfire lawyer can help see that you receive compensation for your losses.
Contacting a lawyer doesn’t just help you and your loved ones. When a company like PacifiCorp is held responsible for negligence and forced to pay for the damages it has caused, it is financially motivated to make the infrastructure and policy changes that can prevent such a tragedy from happening again to others.
If the McKinney Fire has impacted you, don’t hesitate to seek the compensation owed to you.