Can I Sue for Injuries and Damages from a Wildfire?
The recent wildfires in California have devastated families, injured and killed people, damaged the wilderness, and caused extensive property loss for residents of the affected areas. Following a disaster of this magnitude, you may be overwhelmed over what to do to piece your life back together.
One of the important things you can do following such a disaster is file an injury claim or lawsuit against whoever was responsible for causing the wildfire. That person or organization owes you monetary compensation for your property loss, injuries (including burns), or the loss of a family member.
Filing a lawsuit may seem like a challenge for you when you’re already dealing with so much. Fortunately, a lawyer can assist you in filing your wildfire-related case.
Who Could Be Liable for a California Wildfire?
When you think of a wildfire, you probably think that they are caused by lightning strikes. This is not always the case. Often, wildfires are caused by someone’s negligence.
There are many instances where companies cause wildfires through negligent practices. The damage wildfires cause can be catastrophic, so these companies should be held legally accountable for the destruction they brought about. Even if the company didn’t intend to set a wildfire, they can still be held liable if negligence is found to have played a role.
Receiving Financial Compensation for All That You’ve Been Through
One of the main reasons you are probably looking into filing a claim is because of the financial losses you’ve endured due to this wildfire. You could have lost your home; you could have been seriously injured; you could be facing expensive medical bills; you could have lost a beloved family member in the California wildfires.
Whatever the case may be, you need to receive financial reimbursement to get you back on your feet. While you may have insurance on your home that will account for some of your losses, this insurance doesn’t account for your pain and suffering, mental trauma, and other losses caused by a wildfire.
When you file an injury lawsuit, you have the potential to receive a settlement to pay for all the damages that you’ve suffered. Here are some common damages in wildfire injury lawsuits:
- Lost income
- Permanent disability
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium (in wrongful death lawsuits)
- Mental trauma/grief
- Loss of life happiness
Partner Up with a Wildfire Injury Lawyer
You absolutely have the right to sue for the damages you suffered in a wildfire accident. You probably don’t know how to investigate these wildfires and prove fault, though—and that’s where your lawyer can help you. They will work to figure out who is responsible for the wildfire that harmed you and go after them through an injury lawsuit.
Call Custodio & Dubey, LLP to discuss your case in a free initial case evaluation. Our firm can be reached via the online contact form down below or by dialing 213-593-9095. Don’t delay in getting started on your case. You have only a limited amount of time to file a wildfire lawsuit.