Northern California Wildfires FAQ

November 2, 2017  |  Environmental, Wildfire

The Northern California wildfires have been incredibly destructive. Tragically, they’ve also been deadly. If you have suffered losses due to these horrible fires, you very likely have a lot of questions regarding your potential legal options. Here are the answers to a few of the more common questions we have received.

What type of compensation could I potentially receive?

When someone suffers losses due to the actions of another party and files a lawsuit, these losses are referred to as “damages.” A plaintiff in a lawsuit seeks compensation for these damages.

There are many types of damages you may be able to pursue compensation for by taking legal action. These include losses such as your home or other structure, the contents of your home and your landscaping and/or trees.

You might have accumulated other expenses due to the fire. These include hotel bills you accrued due to having to evacuate, or rent for any other type of temporary living arrangement you might have made. You might have also suffered lost business or personal income.

There are also emotional damages. These include fear for your safety, mental anguish, inconvenience and others.

Do I need a lawyer if I have insurance?

Unfortunately, many people are under insured. They don’t realize it until they suffer losses due to a fire. If you have owned a home since the 1960s or 1970s and never updated your homeowner’s policy, you might not have nearly as much coverage as you think. An attorney can fight to help you obtain compensation for uncovered losses.

Baron & Budd is working with the Singleton Law Firm and Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP on behalf of people who have suffered losses due to the Northern California wildfires. If you would like more information on how we may be able to help you, please call 707-532-3017 or contact us online.

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