The 30-acre brush fire in the Griffith Park area near the Los Angeles Zoo has created mayhem Friday Morning. At least one firefighter has sustained injuries as a result of the fire. Multiple areas surrounding the L.A. Zoo remain closed to the public. Some of the zoo animals have already been evacuated and zoo staff is prepared to evacuate the other animals if ordered by fire officials. Although no structures have been affected by the fire, many local residents are being exposed to smoke and ash-and will continue being exposed to smoke and ash until the fire is extinguished.
Have you been exposed to the smoke and ash caused by the fire in the Griffith Park area? If so, you might have the right to pursue a claim. The claim that you could pursue depends on how you were affected by the smoke and ash. Most parties that live near the area are likely to suffer some sort of property damage due to the smoke and ash.
The Effects of Smoke and Ash on Your Property
Even if your property is not in the path of the fire, your property could sustain damage. Many people mistakenly believe that burn damage is the only type of damage that could be caused by fires. However, your property could also sustain smoke and ash damage.
Ash could result in the following:
- Ash buildup in filters/pumps for pools/ponds.
- Ash buildup in small closets, crawlspaces, and attics.
- Ash buildup in air vents (including heating and cooling systems).
- Ash buildup in your yard/garden.
- Layers of ash on all cloth materials in/around your home.
- Layers of ash on all furniture in/outside your home.
- Layers of ash on your vehicles.
Wherever there are layers of ash or ash buildup, there is the potential for damage. Ash could lead to thousands of dollars in damages and repairs. Ash cleanup requires very specific procedures. Therefore, the affected parties often hire specialized ash clean-up services, which could be expensive depending on the extent of the ashes on your property.
Smoke could result in the following:
- Smoke residue on the ceilings in your property.
- Smoke residue on walls/windows.
- Smoke residue in closets, drawers, attics, etc.
- Smoke residue on cloth materials, such as curtains.
- Smoke residue on air vents.
Like ash damage, smoke damage can affect various aspects of your property. Smoke damage also requires professional cleanup, which can be very expensive.
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If your property was affected by ash, smoke, or both after a nearby fire-such as the fire blazing in the Griffith Park area-you might have grounds to pursue a claim and recover compensation.
Pursuing a Smoke and Ash Claim
If your property was affected by the Griffith Park fire, even if your property did not burn, you might have grounds to pursue a smoke and ash claim. If your auto was damaged, you could pursue a claim against your auto insurance-if you carry a policy that covers fire, ash, and smoke damage. If your home was damaged because of the smoke and ash created by the fire, you could pursue a claim against your homeowners or renters insurance policy.
If you file a successful claim, you could recover compensation for all out-of-pocket expenses associated with smoke and ash cleanup, property damage, costs for a motel, hotel, or rental car, and any other expense directly associated with the smoke/ash damage that your property sustained. For more information about pursuing a smoke and ash claim and potentially recovering compensation, do not hesitate to contact a fire and ash claim lawsuit lawyer.
Seeking Legal Assistance
As mentioned above, you might have grounds to pursue a property damage claim if your property was affected by the smoke and ash created by the fire that blazed near the L.A. Zoo. Have you thought about the need for legal assistance with your claim? Without a doubt, it is possible to pursue a successful claim against an insurance company without the need for an attorney; however, an attorney is often necessary.
Insurance companies lose money every time they pay out on a policy. Although you pay your premium for coverage, whether the insurance company accepts the validity of your claim depends on the insurance company. Unfortunately, insurance companies often deny claims and the parties affected are left on their own to deal with the expenses. What would you do if the insurance company denied your claim? Would you accept the denied claim? Would you file an appeal?
Unfortunately, most people with denied claims never file an appeal; they simply accept the insurance company’s decision-even if it is unfair. When you seek legal assistance, you will have someone aggressively fighting for your right to sue and receive compensation for the damage caused by the fire. Our fire, ash, and smoke attorneys have many years of experience handling similar claims and will not rest until the insurance company agrees to a reasonable settlement offer. If a settlement is not reached, our attorneys will not hesitate to file a lawsuit against the insurance company to ensure that your claim reaches a fair verdict.
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If your property was damaged in any way as a result of the fire near the L.A. Zoo area-even if it was not burned-you might have grounds to pursue a claim and recover compensation for the damage suffered. Would you like to discuss your claim with our lawyers? Would you like our lawyers to provide you with the information that you need to better understand your right to be compensated for the smoke and ash damage sustained by your property? If so, you must contact our law firm as soon as possible to learn more about your right to pursue compensation.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.
Contact our firm to benefit from our free compensation and free second opinions. During our free consultation, our lawyers will answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with all the information that you need to pursue a successful claim against your insurance company after the unfortunate fire that led to your property’s smoke and ash damage. Our free second opinions are designed for those who have already pursued their claims. If you are full of uncertainty and unanswered questions regarding your claim, you might be in need of a free second opinion. During our free second opinion, our smoke and ash lawyers will focus on addressing the issues left by your previous attorney’s incompetence. Whether you are interested in benefiting from a free consultation or free second opinion, you must contact DTLA Law Group today to discuss your claim with our fire damage attorneys.
Our free consultations and free second opinions are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee. You will never be required to pay any upfront legal fees. Our firm is also based on contingency; therefore, you will not be required to pay anything until you win. If you do not win, you will not pay-contact our law firm as soon as possible for assistance with your smoke and ash claim due to the 30-acre brush fire in the Griffith Park area.