Types of Woolsey Fire Damages2019-11-07T23:03:52-08:00


Types of Woolsey Fire Damages

Sadly, wildfires happen and in most cases were avoidable and caused by human error. A wildfire is an uncontrolled blaze that is often fueled by high winds, weather, and dry vegetation. It can burn thousands of acres of land and completely destroy anything and everything in its path. If you have suffered property, damage to trees or vegetation, emotional distress, or a shortfall on insurance coverage as the result of a wildfire, you may need help determining your next steps. You have legal options. Our Woolsey Lawsuit Attorneys at Adler Law Group are here to help you pick up the pieces and recover the compensation you deserve. Fire litigation can be complex. Don’t try to navigate a complicated claim alone. Let us help.

“Each Woolsey Fire case is unique, and will be evaluated as such. We do not believe in or promote the ‘class-action model.’ We litigate each and every case for our clientsclients on its own individual basis, as though it were the only case harmed by the wildfire.”

– Elliot Adler, Esq.

Property Claims

Insured and Uninsured Property Losses

Real property damages in the Woolsey Fire are recoverable where a utility company is liable for Inverse Condemnation or Negligence. The value of the damages must be invested in and handled with experience. Real property damage claims can be all-encompassing, meaning all those damages that occur at the time of the fire, and thereafter. Often, we find consequential erosion damages, due to the loss of vegetation that would otherwise allow the soil to retain moisture.

Utility companies routinely attack the level of expertise and care put into someone’s case. The more streamlined the lawyer’s approach, the less damages recoverable to the client. This can be problematic for clients who are among thousands within a lawyer group.

Consequently, it is critical to properly evaluate each property, and obtain expert analysis that takes into consideration the unique aspects of your property. We routinely work with some of the best experts in their respective fields.

Concerning personal property, a fire survivor may find themselves lost, or overwhelmed, with the amount of work it takes to create an inventory of what they owned, with values. We excel in helping our clients create the inventories, and obtain maximum value for their losses.

Insurance coverage is relevant in that typically an insurance company will demand the negligent utility company reimburse them for the amounts paid to you. This is called Subrogation. In our experience, there is usually a gap with real and personal property damages and the insurance coverage available, and that gap is recoverable to you from the utility company, along with any other damages you sustained. We usually see this occur within the context of personal property and tree/vegetation damages.

Renter Claims

Insured and Uninsured

In our experience, we often find that renters believe they are without options. That is absolutely not the case. First and foremost, if you owned personal property that was damaged in the fire, you are legally entitled to recover for it. You may also recover any damages associated with your evacuation, the fear and anxiety experienced during your evacuation, and any costs incurred at the time of the fire and thereafter. We respect and enjoy fighting for renters who suffered losses,  and it is our absolute pleasure to help them recover.

Mental Anguish

Loss of Enjoyment, and Fear, Stress, and Anxiety Dealing With the Fire’s Aftermath

Wildfire litigation is a unique and specialized area of practice. California law has developed to allow property owners the ability to recover for the loss of quiet enjoyment and mental anguish associated with the destruction of real property. We excel in understanding what made your property unique, why you purchased it, and what made it special for you. Capturing that loss is not easy, and conveying it requires investing in the clients’ personal situations. Our lawyers enjoy doing so, and we thrive at it.

Additionally, the law allows for the recovery for purely emotional distress associated with fearing for one’s life, or that of a family member, at the time of the fire. Scores of people were placed in harms way in the Woolsey Fire, and tragically, many lost their lives in these fires. We take our time and invest in understanding our clients, and we demand accountability from the utility.

Business Claims

Small Business and Corporate Entities

Several businesses were destroyed in the Woolsey Fire. These losses are immediate and can be lingering for an untold period of time. We are uniquely situated to competently bring business cases and have successfully done so many times. In our experience, we’ve represented non-profits, minor operations, and million-dollar corporate entities as well as government entities.

Get Experienced and Compassionate Legal Guidance For Your Woolsey Fire Lawsuit

We understand that to you, this not just a lawsuit. This is your life. When you are the victim of a devastating wildfire, you have many questions and may not know where to turn. If you have been seriously affected by the Woolsey Fire contact our skilled Woolsey Fire Lawsuit Attorneys and find out if you have a case. Our attorneys know how insurers approach a case, and how to get the maximum recovery for your losses. Contact our firm at (707) 234-8200 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an attorney experienced in fire injury litigation.