How the Wildfire Aftermath Could Impact Children

December 6, 2017  |  Environmental, Wildfire

The wildfires that ravaged Northern California in October killed more than 40 people and destroyed more than 6,000 acres. Lives and property went up in flames, never to return. The focus is largely on how adults will pick up the pieces from this tragedy, but children will also be feeling the effects of the fires for decades.

Loss of Familiarity

Therapists working with families who lost everything in the fire point out that children don’t have the coping skills to handle this type of loss. Adults can keep their perspective but the brains of small children simply aren’t developed enough so that they can do the same thing.

This type of tragedy robs children of not only their cherished belongings but also their sense of familiarity. They didn’t just lose houses, they lost entire neighborhoods. Their schools may be gone. Their friends may be forced to move away forever. Their families might have to be uprooted several more times before they finally find a permanent home.

Getting Help

Monetary compensation will never be able to replace the lives and property lost due to this incredible tragedy, of course. However, there are reports that equipment owned by Pacific Gas & Electric may have played a role in causing this horrible situation. People who lost everything in the Northern California wildfires may be able to take legal action to obtain compensation for not only their physical losses, but also the emotional turmoil they’ve suffered.

Baron & Budd, along with the Singleton Law Firm, Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP, and Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, is working to help people affected by these wildfires. If you would like more information, please contact us online or call 707-533-8128.

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