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What You Should Know After A Wildfire

Experiencing a wildfire will leave you with hundreds of unanswered questions. The first step in getting the information you need is to speak with one of our attorneys. We are Milanfar Law Firm, PC, and Haslerud Law Office, a team of two law firms that represents the victims of California wildfires. To get you started, we have answered some of the questions that our clients frequently ask us following a wildfire.

What should I do after a wildfire?

The first and most important step is to seek medical care. Remember that some injuries and illnesses, including those caused by smoke inhalation, do not appear right away after a fire.

Then, you should carefully document your damages. Take pictures or video of the site of the fire.

Do not speak with the representatives of any insurance companies. Insurers are for-profit corporations that do not want to pay full coverage for a fire. They will try to get you to admit liability or accept a low settlement.

Instead, contact an attorney who has experience with wildfire claims law, personal injury law and civil litigation.

Can I file a wildfire claim if I am uninsured?

Even if you do not have homeowner’s insurance, rental insurance, car insurance or other policies, you still have the right to seek compensation for your damages. One strategy is to determine the source of the fire – for example, faulty equipment from PG&E. Then, you and your attorney can pursue legal action against the perpetrator to hold them accountable for their negligence and recover compensation.

What damages can I file a claim for?

Because wildfires are so destructive, victims often have several expensive damages. Yours might include:

  • Hospital bills
  • Medical equipment
  • Property damage
  • Hotel or home rental
  • Lost income
  • Missing or killed pets
  • Wrongful death
  • Pain and suffering

To receive a more accurate assessment of how much your claim might be worth, you should speak with a lawyer who can evaluate your personal circumstances.

Should I still sue even if I have insurance?

Many insurance policies do not cover all your damages. Even if your policy does offer coverage, insurers try to offer a much lower settlement than you deserve. To receive fair and just compensation, it is sometimes necessary to file a lawsuit.

 Get More Answers From Our Wildfire Lawyers

This brief list will not cover all the questions you have. Our two caring attorneys have the knowledge of wildfire law to answer everything you want to know. Reach out to us at our office in Redding to speak with one of our team members about your rights, your options and more. Call us at 530-678-9854 or contact us to set up an initial consultation.