California Fire Damage Caused By Utility Companies
Utility companies have easements across property throughout California for the purpose of installing and maintaining the equipment and lines required to deliver power throughout the state. Ownership of gas and electric lines comes with a legal responsibility to maintain the company’s delivery network to ensure that their equipment does not cause loss of life, health, or property to the individuals, families, and businesses in the surrounding areas.
We Understand How Complex Fire Cases Can Get
These are a few of the steps utility companies need to take to avoid sparking wildfires in California:
- Removing trees that could fall onto power lines and ignite a fire
- Clearing brush and vegetation near electric lines and gas pipes that could fuel a fire
- Coating poles with fireproof materials
- Separating power transmission lines to avoid arcing electrical currents
- Forbidding maintenance personnel from smoking on the job
Compensation for Fire Damages
When utility companies fail to take these and other precautions and a fire occurs, those who have suffered losses have the right to recover money as compensation for their damages, which may include:
- Bodily injury
- Loss of a home and/or adjacent structures
- Loss of personal property
- Loss of a business structure
- Loss of agricultural property and products
- Loss of business or agricultural income
- Wrongful death
Experienced California Fire Damage Lawyers
If you have suffered losses due to a fire that began in the vicinity of utility power lines or gas pipes, you may have a claim for compensation. These are usually extremely contentious claims and require detailed investigation by various experts to prove. This is not a type of claim that you should ever attempt without a lawyer with specific experience recovering money for victims of fires attributable to utility companies.
The most experienced California wildfire attorneys handling cases where utility companies caused the fires, Singleton Schreiber has the record of success you need for this type of claim. Our fire litigation attorneys were part of a team that recovered millions of dollars in awards for more than 1600 people in lawsuits against San Diego Gas and Electric for losses from the 2007 Witch Creek, Guejito, and Rice Canyon fires. We have access to various professionals who form an important part of our investigative team and are able to provide expert testimony to help prove your case. Our attorneys are thoroughly experienced in preparing and presenting the meticulously documented utility company fire liability cases that consistently succeed in winning in fair payouts for victims.
No Cost Fire Damage Claim Evaluation
This is a time when having an experienced fire damage attorney can make a great difference in your life by helping you obtain compensation, not only for losses that have a specific dollar value but also for those lost possessions that mean so much to you emotionally.
The California property loss and damage fire lawyers at Singleton Schreiber understand the emotional and financial hardships that are all but inevitable when you’ve lost your home to a fire. We are among California’s most successful fire damage attorneys, with a record of obtaining millions of dollars in compensation for families left homeless by fire. Our attorneys helped win monetary awards for more than 1600 victims of the 2007 Witch Creek, Guejito, and Rice Canyon wildfires in lawsuits against San Diego Gas and Electric Company, whose faulty maintenance was shown to have started these devastating blazes.
Our California fire damage lawyers have extensive legal knowledge, well-honed litigation skills, and access to experts to help us investigate a home fire to identify what caused it and who was at fault. We will fight for your right to compensation for your property loss and other expenses, for any injuries or health problems you or your family suffered as a result of burns or smoke inhalation, and for the emotional anguish and psychological distress that typically follow the loss of a home and the terrifying experience of a fire.
Immediately After the Fire
If you are a homeowner, business owner or renter who has lost property in a fire or suffered other damages, you may be able to recover for your losses by filing a lawsuit against the utility company that caused it. In addition, if your California FAIR Plan Association (CFPA) or insurance company has not acted in good faith and has delayed or denied your legitimate fire damage claim, you may be able to file a bad faith lawsuit against the insurer.
The fire damage lawyers at Singleton Schreiber are committed to justice for everyone who has suffered losses for which someone else was responsible. We are available to meet with you for a case consultation to answer your questions and explain how we can assist you in recovering compensation for your fire losses. Put our experience to work for you by calling to schedule an appointment for this free service today.
Call Singleton Schreiber for a Free Consultation
Don’t delay in getting the recovery process moving. Singleton Schreiber offers a completely free consultation, and we accept fire damage cases on a contingency retainer. That means we’ll front all the expenses for the investigation and preparation of your case for litigation. You will not pay anything at all unless we make a recovery. If you’re looking for the best property damage attorney, your search stops here.
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