Did You Lose a Loved One or Home in a Wildfire?
Our San Francisco Wildfire Lawyers Offer Free Consultations
Wildfires have caused and continue to cause severe damage across the state of California. In 2017 alone, wildfires contributed to 46 fatalities and over 200 injuries. Furthermore, droughts have labeled over two million California homes as high risk for wildfire. Areas like Santa Barbara, Ventura, Santa Clarita, Sonoma County and Napa County have been hit especially hard. As a result of many factors statewide, California is at high risk for wildfires from north to south. Fire damage can destroy homes and businesses and often results in wrongful death. If you suffered fire-related losses, then our wildfire lawyers can help you recover.
The legal team at Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. understands how difficult life after a fire can be. While we cannot bring back what you have lost, we can help you pursue compensation from the liable parties. These claims can expedite plans you have to rebuild your assets and your future. We have represented victims from the Santa Rosa wildfires and have helped recover favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients.
How Can I Recover Losses from Wildfires?
Unfortunately, many people who have lost their homes are realizing how devastating wildfires can be. For example, people are discovering that their insurance policy does not cover wildfire damage. Further, even if most losses are covered, repairs can take years to complete depending on the extent of the damage. Worse, after a fire, contractors are in high demand and may raise their prices significantly. As a result, you may find yourself homeless and displaced. Not only do you lose your legacy, but also your trust in the people who are supposed to be taking care of you. While this can be a frustrating time, you should not lose hope. Reliable wildfire lawyers can help you identify alternative ways to recover your losses.
As a rule, insurance adjusters work against your best interests. After all, it is their job to make an offer that benefits the company — not you. Through investigating reports, policies and other details, our fire damage attorneys can pick up the pieces, allowing us to discover details that will help them build the strongest case possible. One of the most important things we can do is work to discover ways to expand your insurance coverage. Furthermore, we can determine if another party contributed to your fire loss.
For example, if the infrastructure of your house is found to have been built in a negligent way that contributed to the fire, then you may be entitled to compensation from the builder. Alternatively, chemicals and flammable materials could have been stored in unsafe conditions by a third party, causing the fire. No matter the cause or situation, our team of professionals will challenge insurance claims, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf and explore recovery options.
What Other Damage Can Wildfires Cause?
Regrettably, wildfire victims have more to worry about than the actual fire. Not only can a wildfire adversely affect the air quality for weeks or months, but it can also weaken the surrounding infrastructures. Haze from soot and ash can cause wide stretches of public roads to close down and — in addition to reduced visibility on roadways — additives from smoke have the potential to degrade buildings. In either case, you may be unable to return to work and lose wages as a result.
Ultimately, smoke damage changes communities long after a fire has stopped — and the damage does not stop there. Smoke damage from a wildfire can cause respiratory diseases like asthma and emphysema. In some cases, people have long-term headaches, nausea and shortness of breath. Additionally, harmful smoke particles can enter the bloodstream, causing future medical issues.
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict how dangerous smoke from a fire will be. The temperature and materials that kindles a fire can change the impact of damage. However, if you sustained injuries or damage of any kind as a result of a fire, then you may be able to pursue a fire claim.
Legal Questions After a Wildfire? Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Have you lost your home or business to a wildfire? Have you developed health problems from inhaling smoke or working in a smoke-damaged environment? Tired of insurance companies denying your coverage? Unfortunately, without a team of experienced wildfire lawyers, you could face significant challenges in recovering compensation for your losses after a wildfire. Fortunately, qualified legal professionals can help you develop a fire claim that protects your interests.
At Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C., we believe in protecting your investment. No matter the extent of the fire damage, we can help. Through hard work and experience, we can identify what contributed to your fire or smoke damage. As a result, we can build a strong claim that can expedite your recovery. If you experienced wildfire losses, then call us 415-433-4440 or contact us through our website. By scheduling a free initial consultation, we can review your case and inform you how we can help.