On October 10, 2019
, the Sandalwood Fire ignited
, burning through more than 1,000 acres and destroying more than 74 structures in Calimesa
, a city in Riverside County. The fire killed two people
and injured three others
. The fire started after a trash truck dropped its burning load near a canyon of dry brush.
The fire started near Calimesa Boulevard and Sandalwood drive. The strong Santa Ana winds helped the flames race into nearby brush
– which was more than enough fuel for the devastation that followed. Within just one hour of the fire starting, there was already severe damage to the Villa Calimesa mobile home park. The fire ultimately destroyed most of the Villa Calimesa mobile home park (roughly three-fourths of the structures), where two people lost their lives. At one point, a second mobile home park nearby, a power grid, and a railway were all threatened by the fire.
The fire reached 100% containment by Monday evening.
As mentioned above, the fire started after a trash truck dropped its burning load of trash following company protocol
; the goal of dumping the flaming trash load was to reduce potential damage to the truck. The truck was a part of CR&R Environmental Services
, which collects trash in Calimesa.
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Without a doubt, this horrible affected many people – most of which are still displaced because of the fire
. If you or a member of your family were directly affected by the Sandalwood Fire, you might have grounds to take legal action
. What type of action could you take? Because the fire was started by the actions of a party or entity, you could pursue a claim against the party or entity
. You could also pursue a claim against your fire insurance company for the damages resulting from the fire.
For more information about your right to pursue any sort of claim after the devastation caused by a fire, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance as soon as possible with the experts at Downtown L.A. Law Group
. At our firm, we are dedicated to providing all victimized parties with the appropriate representation necessary to take legal action. If you would like to learn more about your right to pursue a claim, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance immediately.
Companies, like CR&R Environmental Services
, owe a duty of care to the public; they must ensure that their actions do not negatively harm others in any way. Although it was a truck driver that ultimately dropped the burning trash that directly resulted in the fire, the driver was following protocol and essentially following the orders of his employer. Therefore, the driver’s actions fall back on the company. Dumping flaming trash near an area with dry brush on a windy day reflects a negligent disregard for the safety and wellbeing of others. By dumping the flaming trash, the company negligently created the risk of fire. This risk directly resulted in the fire spreading and destroying the mobile home park; therefore, the company could be held liable for all the damages suffered.
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Negligence consists of four elements – duty of care, breach of duty, cause, and harm. Companies owe others a specific duty of care. When they act recklessly and breach their duty of care, they create a risk which can cause an incident and directly result in harm. Whenever harm is directly associated with a breached duty of care, affected parties can take pursue a claim.
For more information about negligence relevant to the Sandalwood Fire, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with our experts at your earliest convenience – our attorneys are ready to provide you with all the information that you need to better understand your right to pursue a claim.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
As mentioned above, at least two people lost their lives in the Sandalwood Fire
. Surviving family members have the option of pursuing a wrongful death claim against the party or entity liable for the untimely death of the victim. The basis of a wrongful death claim is that the victim would not have died if the incident had not occurred and that the victim’s death was a direct result negligence. If you are interested in possibly pursuing a wrongful death claim in association with the Sandalwood Fire or any other of the many California fires, do not hesitate to contact our experts at your earliest convenience.
Filing an Injury Claim
At least three people sustained injuries because of the violent flames of the Sandalwood Fire
. These people could pursue injury claims for the different harm sustained. Injury claims are also based on the fact that injured victims would not have suffered any harm had the incident not occurred. Injury claims are also based on the fact that all the harm suffered resulted from the negligent actions of another party. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of filing an injury claim for the injuries that you suffered in association with the Sandalwood Fire or any other recent California fire
, do not wait to contact our firm
Insurance Companies and Property Damage
As mentioned above, the number of structures destroyed by the fire was in the seventies. Many people lost their homes and all of their personal belongings. Those with insurance coverage, specifically mobile home insurance coverage, could simply make a claim with their insurance companies to be compensated for all lost property. In a perfect world, affected parties could file a claim, begin the appropriate with their insurance companies, and quickly receive a payout for their losses – quickly getting on the path towards rebuilding and moving forward with their lives.
However, insurance companies rarely make things easy for affected parties. In fact, insurance companies often go out of their way to prevent paying claimants what they deserve. Insurance companies can unnecessary prolong the process, fail to give claimants the appropriate information, fail to return calls for months, and even simply deny claims without valid reasons. Insurance companies often fail to take claims seriously; because of that, it is necessary for claimants to take legal action against insurance companies.
If your insurance company is refusing to work with you even if your claim is valid, you must explore the possibility of filing a claim against your insurance company. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our law firm as soon as possible.
Understanding the Danger that Fires Represent
All fires have the potential to have devastating consequences. Fires could result in all of the following:
- Burn injuries ranging in severity (from burns that only affect the surface of the skin to burns that affect bones)
- Smoke inhalation injuries
- Crushing injuries from collapsing structures
- Smoke and ash damage
- Structural damage
If you suffered any of the damages listed above (or if a member of your family died as a result of the fire, you should explore the possibility of taking legal action as soon as possible. With the appropriate legal representation, you could pursue a claim and even recover compensation.
Depending on whether you are filing an injury claim, a wrongful death claim, or a property damage claim, you could recover specific compensation for the damages resulting from the fire. Based on the details surrounding the claim, claimants could recover some of the following types of compensation:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
To gain a thorough understanding of the specific type and amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive if your claim reaches a successful outcome, it is essential to seek the appropriate legal representation. When you hire an attorney to handle your claim, you can be certain that there will always be someone aggressively fighting for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. To learn more about your right to be compensated for the damages caused by the Sandalwood Fire
, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
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Important Steps to Consider
If you were affected by a fire in any way, there are a number of things that you should do. If you sustained injuries, it is essential that you take photos of your injuries and seek medical attention. If a member of your family lost his or her life, it is essential that the cause of death is clear. If there was any property damage, there should also be photographs. The extent of the property damage should also be evaluated by the appropriate parties. For property damage, it is also essential to file a claim with your property insurance company. If there were any witnesses to the incident, it is also important to gather their contact information. Most importantly, it is necessary for affected parties to seek the appropriate legal representation for the guidance necessary to pursue their claims and reach successful claim outcomes. If you would like to learn more about what you should do after being harmed in any way by a fire, do not hesitate to contact our firm at your earliest convenience.
File Your Claim within the Appropriate Deadline
All claims are subject to strict deadlines called statutes of limitations. A statute of limitations establishes the specific timeframe in which claimants must file their claims to preserve their right to sue. If claimants do not file within the appropriate length of time, claimants will lose their right to sue and their right to receive any sort of compensation. In general, claims are subject to a two-year deadline; however, other deadlines could apply based on the details of your claim. To gain a thorough understanding of the appropriate statute of limitations for your claim, you must speak with an attorney immediately.
Contact Downtown L.A. Law Group
At Downtown L.A. Law Group
, we are dedicated to ensuring that all parties interested in pursuing a claim
have access to the legal representation necessary to take legal action. To ensure that our expertise remains accessible to all, our firm offers free legal services, which include both free consultations and free second opinions – during which our lawyers will be available to answer all your questions and address all your concerns. Our free legal services are available as part of our Zero-Fee guarantee,
which ensures that our clients never have to worry about paying any upfront fees for speaking with our experts. Our firm is also based on a contingency structure that guarantees that our experts will not be financially responsible for any legal fees until after reaching a successful claim outcome
. Even after winning a claim, claimants will never have to pay anything out of pocket but rather from the compensation recovered.
If you are ready to discuss the possibility of pursuing a claim with the experts at our firm, do not hesitate to contact our law firm
at your earliest convenience. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and provide you with the assistance necessary to help you recover the compensation that you deserve.