How are Injury Claims Handled After a Wildfire Caused By Negligence?
Typically, if someone sustains an injury as a result of a wildfire, they go through their own insurance company to cover the medical expenses. This is common as there are some wildfires caused by natural situations.
However, around 85% of wildfires are caused by humans and their often reckless and negligent behavior. This changes the way that matters are handled for those injured or families of those who have lost their lives as a result.
Injury claims may be filed by the injured party or their family against the party responsible for the wildfire and his/her/its insurance company. This brings about a potential lawsuit if the injuries are significant and requires extensive compensation.
Depending on the cause of the wildfire, you may be going up against a single entity or a corporation. The problem with this is that this involves the large insurance companies who are often looking to minimize claims and prey on those who have little to no hope left.
You can work with a lawyer to help with the following:
- Filing a lawsuit against the negligent party in the proper time and presenting accurate documents
- Contest any motions to dismiss the insurance company may file
- Determine whether or not the settlement offer is adequate enough to help cover the damages
- Go to trial to help seek the maximum compensation by proving negligence and liability
Legal matters are typically the last thing on someone’s mind when they’ve been harmed by negligence or lost a loved one to a wildfire caused by someone’s reckless actions. By working with a lawyer, this burden is taking off your shoulders so you can focus on recovery.
Your hope shouldn’t be diminished in this difficult time. Our Sacramento injury attorneys are committed to you every step of the way. We care about our neighbors and our community and if you’ve been harmed, we’re here for you.
At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, you’re family. You get the committed and dedicated counsel you need from compassionate members of the community. Trust that we can help you in your time of need.