Learn more about your legal options by chatting with a representative now.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.
Understanding NegligenceCompanies, 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. — What To Do After a Smoke and Ash Insurance Claim — Property Owner Liability for Apartment and Commercial Fires — Smoke and Ash Insurance Claims Attorney — Malibu Fire Continues to Burn as Veteran’s Day Weekend Closes — Tenaja Fire – Your Need for a Lawyer 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 ClaimAs 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 ClaimAt 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 immediately.
Insurance Companies and Property DamageAs 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 RepresentAll 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
Recovering CompensationDepending 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