Over the last 20 years, fire litigation attorneys have unfortunately become more popular. From California to New Mexico to Texas to Florida, wildfires are spreading out nationwide.
Climate change is often cited as the main source of these fires. While there is truth that the heat patterns and drought have made fires a more regular occurrence, in many instances the causes of these blazes are man-made.
CaseyGerry is San Diego’s oldest plaintiff’s law firm. We’ve dedicated decades to safeguarding the rights of individuals who have endured injuries and damages in California and nationwide, particularly in the context of wildfires. In collaboration with the reputable law firms of Thomas Tosdal and Michael Feinberg, CaseyGerry leverages their collective knowledge, experience, and resources to address various catastrophic wildfires, including the 2007 San Diego fire, 2015 Las Conchas, NM fire, 2017 California North Bay fire, and the 2018 Butte County Campfire. By combining the legal prowess of our firms, each client receives unparalleled advocacy aimed at securing the maximum compensation for their losses. Visit the link below to discover more about our wildfire litigation team members.
Under the guidance of Joe Lovell, Kevin Isern, and Brian Farabough, the wildfire property damage practice group at Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough is committed to assisting individuals affected by wildfires. Collaborating with skilled wildfire experts, engineers, agronomists, arborists, soil experts, and dedicated staff, we strive to secure rightful compensation for your losses.
In Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma, landowners and residents frequently endure the devastating consequences and financial hardships caused by wildfires. Our attorneys are resolute in their efforts to obtain the compensation you deserve for both wildfire property damage and unfortunate wrongful deaths.
What fire litigation lawyers have learned is that fires are caused by humans and made worse by climate change. The dry brush brought about by drought conditions is powerful fuel for a fire started by a downed power line, a clumsy camp fire gone wrong, an arsonist, or a planned burn that goes out of control.
Once a fire happens and wipes out a neighborhood, a forest, or even costs lives, an unexpected juxtaposition always follows – floods.
These fires will burn away trees, grass, shrubs, bushes and all manner of growth. Often, it will even take out the roots of these plants, the very roots which absorb rain. The fires will happen in summer, burning for days, weeks or months. Then, within a few months of temperatures decreasing and the fire finally going away, the rains will come and floods will wipe out what the fires left behind.
In New Mexico, the floods were as damaging as the fires.
In Orange County, CA after the Silverado fire, the floods destroyed entire communities. The mud flow carried boulders into people’s yards, decks and living rooms.
California bears the brunt of wildfire season, but that’s changing. Of the 15 worst wildfires in United States history, five happened in California and four of those in the last six years. However, the 2013 Yarnell Fire in Arizona, the 2004 Alaska fires, and the New Mexico fires of 2022 do not bode well for the rest of the country.
In fact, as of May of 2023, there are or were fires already burning in Minnesota, New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming. States rarely associated with blazes are seeing disaster strike again and again.
For the average person, this means where they choose to live matters more than ever before. It might not be safe to live in or near a wooded area, especially if the roads out of that region are few or are easily blocked. When fires burn, trees fall. Those downed trees can block any and every passageway out of an area. Most of the people who wind up dying in fires die of the smoke inhalation, not the flames themselves.
In the aftermath of various fires in Northern California, the bodies of married couples were found huddled in a shower hoping to escape the smoke. The smoke becomes toxic and the air poisonous. In Oregon, the Bend fires made the air so bad it registered off the charts in terms of particulate matter. Nevada, Colorado and even as far away as Ohio saw smoke in the air from fires in California.
When disaster strikes, having a qualified fire attorney fighting on your behalf is absolutely necessary. Utilities are billion-dollar operations. The federal government has a wall of immunity that only the best lawyers can break through. Insurance companies will deny homeowner claims even after decades of collecting monthly premiums. No one person stands a chance when fighting for justice against any of these behemoths.
But, with a qualified fire lawyer who knows the law, who has a great track record, and who fights for the average person – restitution is always possible. If you’ve been injured in a fire, if your home or business has suffered fire damage, or if you’ve even had to evacuate due to a fire close by, contact a qualified fire litigation attorney immediately and put them to work for you.