Filing a legal claim related to a wildfire can be confusing and complicated.
Below are answers to common questions we receive.
Additionally, insurance rarely covers damages such as emotional harm, evacuation costs, and loss of income.
The wildfire attorneys at Edelson PC have successfully helped victims who are insured, underinsured, or not insured at all recover money for wildfire losses.
- Make a list of your losses. Write down a list of all the property and possessions you lost to the fire. Large items like appliances, furniture and vehicles are a good place to start. List any items you lost in the fire - even family photographs and heirlooms. Many insurance policies require you to file a claim quickly and it is important to be thorough. This list may also prove useful when you’re asked to submit a proof of claim form.
- Take notes and gather the documentation you can. Document conversations with your insurance company when discussing your claim and keep a copy of your policy. Keep track of your medical bills if you or a loved one receives medical attention. Save receipts from hotel stays. Photographs which show the contents of your home can also be helpful for your claim.
- Contact an attorney early on in the process. An attorney can be your advocate to help ensure your rights are protected and your claim is complete.
It is the company's legal duty to properly maintain its infrastructure and equipment. Specifically, utility companies have a responsibility to:
- Clear trees near power lines that could cause fires
- Avoid electrical arcing by separating transmission lines
- Remove brush and vegetation near electric and gas lines that could ignite a fire
- Employ power safety shut offs or de-energize the grid during adverse weather events
- Applying fireproof coatings to utility poles
- Ash and soot damage
- Bodily injuries and Burns
- Electrical damage
- Emotional distress and anguish
- Loss of personal possessions
- Loss of trees and landscaping
- Loss of personal or business income
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relocation expenses
- Roof collapse
- Smoke damage
- Structural damage
- Water and fire retardant damage
- Evacuation costs
Our Wildfire Guide
A Resource Guide from Experienced Fire Attorneys
We created this guide to provide information to wildfire victims and families who live in high fire risk areas. It contains information related to wildfire preparation, wildfire recovery, and wildfire lawsuits, generally. It also contains information about how Edelson PC may be able to help you.