Facing Damages From the Camp Fire in California?
A Camp Fire Claim Attorney From Our Firm Will Fight for Your Recovery
The wildfire dubbed the “Camp Fire” rapidly expanded across northern California starting on November 8th, 2018 in Butte County, California. It destroyed over 150,000 acres of land, resulting in 85 civilian deaths. About one week after it started, the fire was not even half contained and was already deemed the deadliest blaze in state history. The cause of the Camp Fire is still under investigation, but it is suspected that California company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) may be responsible, as they have been for other blazes. Thousands of California citizens have been displaced, and it is likely all due to a company’s negligence. If you have lost your home and/or other valuable assets to the Camp Fire, contact a Camp Fire claim attorney from our Bay Area personal injury law firm to start seeking justice.
Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. has built a reputation in San Francisco, the surrounding Bay Area as well as across the state for being aggressive advocates for the wrongfully injured. We have a proven record of success against large corporations as well as negligent individuals. The California fire claim lawyers at our firm, led by founder and principal attorney, Mary Alexander, have extensive experience helping victims of wildfires. If you suffered damages due to the Camp Fire, or any other California wildfire, our San Francisco personal injury law firm stands ready to help you recover.
What Caused the Camp Fire?
The cause of the Camp Fire (at the time of this article’s writing) is still under investigation by CalFire. However, it is largely suspected that PG&E might be responsible for the deadliest blaze in California history. Several sources are reporting that the company reached out to customers the day that the fire started, stating that power equipment near the starting point of the Camp Fire was malfunctioning close to the time that the fire started. The California company is no stranger to these types of accusations and are already facing serious consequences for their role in the 2017 wildfires that raged across California. Most recently, they are currently being investigated as the cause of the 2017 Tubbs Fire, also known as the “Wine Country Fires”, and have been named by CalFire as the cause of 12 fires total in 2017.
Less than a week into the Camp Fire blaze, over 5,000 firefighters continued the battle to quell the flames before more destruction swept across the state. In total, more than 13,000 residences and over 500 commercial buildings were destroyed according to CalFire reports.
What Do You Do After a Wildfire in California?
So, you have evacuated your loved ones and what belongings you could and have made it to safety. Now what? Your mind is likely spinning with all of the questions and stressors you now have to face as a result of this ordeal. A qualified California fire claim attorney can help you answer these questions, quell your concerns and point you in a direction that is in your best interest. If possible, it is best to speak with an attorney before filing a California wildfire claim with an insurance company. As recently as 2017, insurance companies have been dropping clients and denying fire claims across the state. It has been difficult for many residents to recover from their losses. If you carry a standard homeowners insurance plan, wildfire damage should be covered. However, insurance companies are increasingly denying this coverage depending on geographic area and property details, which has greatly affected several California residents.
It is also important to protect yourself in other ways, especially once you are able to go back to the affected area to start assessing the damage. Looting and price gouging are common occurrences after a disaster (such as a wildfire) and your personal safety could be at risk. Make sure you do not go back to the affected area alone, if possible, and always be aware of your surroundings. If you experience price gouging in an affected area, this is illegal in California and is often considered to be just as egregious as looting. You can hold store owners accountable for these actions.
All in all, the best way to recover after a California wildfire is to consult with an experienced San Francisco fire insurance claim lawyer. He or she will be able to help you file a strong claim that will allow you to adequately recover.
Affected by California Wildfires? Contact Our Office for a Free Consultation Today
Nothing is more devastating than losing your house, your vehicle(s), priceless personal belongings or suffering the wrongful death of a loved one due to a California wildfire — especially one caused by negligence. A Camp Fire claim attorney from Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. can help you file a strong claim and fight for your rights against insurance companies who are only interested in saving money.
We offer free consultations where you can sit down with a San Francisco fire claim attorney and discuss your case. The consulting attorney will go over your options and the steps you need to take next. Call our Bay Area personal injury law firm at (877) 226-7103 or contact us online to start your recovery process.