Woolsey Fire Lawsuit

Woolsey Fire Lawyers – Ventura County, Los Angeles County

What exactly started the Woolsey fire is unknown, but CAL Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) has already begun to investigate Southern California Edison for its role in the fire. The company reported an outage at its Chatsworth substation at 2:22 p.m. on November 8, 2018. The report of disturbance of the circuit came only two minutes before the first sightings of the Woolsey fire. 

If Southern California Edison ‘s equipment is found to be responsible for causing the fire, California law requires the utility to pay for all the damages caused by the fire, including lost homes, businesses, and property, as well as medical bills resulting from any injuries and potentially significant losses to the families of those who have lost loved ones. If the company is found to have started the fire because of negligence, instead of faulty equipment, the company can be forced to pay additional damages.

Woolsey fire victims are given multiple options to pursue loss compensation. Anyone with an insurance policy for homeowners that covers wildfires can file an insurance claim to fix, restore or replace their home and property. Victims may also opt to file a relief claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, most frequently the only way a fire victim can recover for all the losses and injuries incurred is through a lawsuit against the parties that are responsible for causing the fire. Such lawsuits are separate from FEMA and insurance relief, and could even take place even if you have no insurance coverage.

When someone is affected by a fire, there are many types of losses, including:

Property Damage:

  • Homes and other structures
  • Personal property/contents of the home
  • Trees and landscaping
  • Erosion damage

Evacuation/Alternative Living Expenses:

  • Hotel/food/gas during the evacuation
  • Rent and additional costs for temporary living

Lost Income:

  • Personal income (including loss of sick and vacation days)
  • Business income

Emotional Damages:

  • Fear for safety of yourself and others
  • Mental anguish, inconvenience, disturbance, and annoyance

If you or your family have suffered injury or death, damage to your property or business as a result of recent California wildfires, you may have a claim for damages against the utility company responsible for maintaining the power lines that contributed to those fires.

Contact our California Wildfire Lawyers to learn more about your claim 866-201-5594.