California wildfires have wreaked havoc on the state in recent years. The devastation and destruction these fires leave in their wake is profound. In October of 2017, North California fires led to 90,000 people being evacuated from their homes. Close to 200 people were hospitalized. 44 people died as a result of these fires. There were also wildfires in Southern California in December of the same year. People lost their homes, lost their lives, and some that survived sustained life-altering injuries. The question then needs to be asked—what do you do if you’ve been injured in a California wildfire?
Burn and smoke inhalation injuries should be taken very seriously. If left untreated, these kinds of injuries can lead to serious complications and even prove fatal. Seek medical attention immediately. Save all medical documentation associated with these injuries. This includes medical bills. Fires like those that occurred in California in 2017 did not spring up all on their own. There was wrongdoing that led to these catastrophes and those that committed these wrongdoings should be paying medical bills, not the victims.
The October 2017 North California fires have been linked back to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). There were downed power lines and transponder explosions in areas where the National Weather Service indicated were prime for wildfire and rapid spread. Strong winds and lack of precipitation laid the foundation for the wildfires to spread quickly. PG&E was responsible for maintaining the downed power lines and transponders that were exploding. Evidence came to light that PG&E had neglected infrastructure and equipment. This neglect led to the downed lines and exploding transponders whose sparks hit nearby brush and caused the start of the wildfires.
Similarly, Southern California Edison (SoCal Edison), was responsible for maintaining power lines that were linked to causing the December 2017 Southern California wildfires. Because of the roles that PG&E and SoCal Edison played in causing these fires due to their neglect, injured individuals could pursue monetary recovery for injuries sustained in these fires from these companies.
If you have been injured due to California wildfires, your medical insurance may help you with some of your healthcare costs. Additionally, your homeowner’s insurance might cover costs as well. However, even with medical insurance and homeowner’s insurance, your medical expenses and other costs associated with your injuries can quickly pile up. You may be able to pursue recovery from the companies responsible for starting the fires. You may seek damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Property damage (damage to your home and possessions)
While these big electrical companies may have caused mass destruction, going up against these kinds of corporate entities and their insurance companies can be a tough battle to fight. Our attorneys do not back down. We stand up for our clients and do not give into any intimidation tactics these big companies might throw your way. Contact us today and let us fight for your full and fair compensation.