Recently, wildfires have been wreaking havoc across California. The damage caused by these wildfires is extensive, as not only have they caused irreparable damage to the environment, they have also caused over 600 million dollars in damages and destroyed countless personal and public property. Worse yet, recent wildfires they have taken over 30 lives and caused countless injuries, as well as led to hundreds of people that are unaccounted for.
While some wildfires are natural events, others are caused by negligent or reckless actions on the part of companies and other related parties. For this post, we’re looking at the ways in which victims of wildfires can potential file claims and try to recoup some of their losses, especially when the wildfires were caused by negligence or irresponsible behaviors.
Who is Liable for Damages Caused by Wildfires in California?
When it comes to wildfires, power or electrical services companies are often the first entities to be scrutinized. This is because many fires can be caused or exacerbated by these companies when they fail to adhere to all safety protocols and regulations. For example, Southern California Edison was accused of failing to turn the power off during the Woosley Fire, leaving it on for an entire four days as the blaze raged which further caused additional damage. Residents of the affected area have mobilized and filed suit in an attempt to recover some of the losses that this devastating fire caused.
Talk to a California Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were injured during a wildfire, or if a wildfire caused the death of a loved one, it is in your best interest to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney in California. Power, electrical, and other utility companies have a duty to take appropriate precautions in order to help prevent disasters such as wildfires. If they failed to adhere to all standards and regulations, you could be entitled to compensation.
Wildfires cause serious injury or death, lost wages, damaged property, and more. Fortunately, there are options for victims of such disastrous events. If you want to learn more about these options, and to speak with a qualified personal injury attorney in CA, remember that the Law Offices of Dean Petrulakis is just a phone call away.
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