Thousands of wildfires destroy lives and property every year in the United States. According to the U.S. fire administration, there were 78,792 wildfires in 2009 that burned through nearly 6 million acres of land. When these catastrophic fires are started as a result of careless conduct or negligence, those responsible for causing the fires must also be held liable for the damages that ensued as a result of the fires. The Estey Bomberger Wildfire attorneys provide quality legal representations to victims of human-made wildfires, making sure the wrongly harmed victims are fully and fairly compensated for the damages they suffered as a result of someone else’s carelessness.
Causes of Wildfires
Wildfires refer specifically to fires that are uncontrollable and occur in areas with a lot of dry and combustible vegetation. Despite the attempts and public education and policies in place to prevent wildfires, every year, wildfires cause extensive damage to human property as well as human life. While many wildfires are completely natural and caused by lightening, sparks from falling rocks, or spontaneous combustion, a greater number of wildfires are caused by human carelessness:
- Burning trash
- Construction in rural areas
- Improper vegetation management
- Out of control camp fires/barbeques/fireplaces
- Incorrect controlled burning
- Defective or damaged electrical equipment
Third Party Liability for Wildfire Damages
Filing a third-party liability claim is not the same as filing for compensation against one’s homeowners’ or property owners’ insurance policy. In a third party liability claim, the claimant has to identify who was at-fault for causing the wildfire, and how the wildfire caused the damages the filing party is attempting to recoup. Having an experienced attorney representing you in a third party claim is a critical component to securing the full and fair compensation you are entitled to receive, which may include:
- Loss of home
- Property damage
- Home rebuilding costs
- Loss of income
- Personal injury
- Death of a loved one
Estey Bomberger Wildfire Attorneys
Recovering a full and fair compensation for a wildfire claim can be an uphill battle. Both the defendants and their insurance companies will attempt to defer liability or offer a less than reasonable settlement. A skilled trial lawyer will not only have the legal expertise and track record, but will also have the financial resources to conduct private investigations, consult accident reconstruction experts, and enlist the expertise of other specialists to prepare your case for trial. The wildfire accident attorneys at Estey Bomberger have more than 70 years of combined experience aggressively pursuing the maximum compensation on behalf of every client, even going to trial to defend our clients’ rights before a jury. Both founding partners, Steve Estey and Michael Bomberger, have received National Trial Attorney awards for their relentless commitment to justice and success in recovering substantial compensation for their clients.
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After a catastrophic fire accident, there a number of tasks to be completed without having to be concerned about a third party liability claim. By entrusting your case to our experienced attorneys, you can focus on resuming your life, while Estey Bomberger’s wildfire accident lawyers can help you prepare the paperwork, oversee the negotiation process, and ensure you are justly compensated for the damages related to the wildfire. If you have been a victim of a wildfire and would like to know more regarding your eligibility to file a third party liability claim, please contact us today to schedule a free consultation.