Utility companies have easements across property throughout California for the purpose of installing and maintaining the equipment and lines required to deliver power throughout the state. Ownership of gas and electric lines comes with a legal responsibility to maintain the company’s delivery network to ensure that their equipment does not cause loss of life, health, or property to the individuals, families, and businesses in the surrounding areas. These are a few of the steps utility companies need to take to avoid sparking wildfires in California:
- Removing trees that could fall onto power lines and ignite a fire
- Clearing brush and vegetation near electric lines and gas pipes that could fuel a fire
- Coating poles with fireproof materials
- Separating power transmission lines to avoid arcing electrical currents
- Forbidding maintenance personnel from smoking on the job
Recoverable Fire Damages
When utility companies fail to take these and other precautions and a fire occurs, those who have suffered losses have the right to recover money as compensation for their damages, which may include:
- Bodily injury
- Loss of a home and/or adjacent structures
- Loss of personal property
- Loss of a business structure
- Loss of agricultural property and products
- Loss of business or agricultural income
- Wrongful death
Fire Lawyers with Specific California Fire Damage Experience
If you have suffered losses due to a fire that began in the vicinity of utility power lines of gas pipes, you may have a claim for compensation. These are usually extremely contentious claims and require detailed investigation by various experts to prove. This is not a type of claim that you should ever attempt without a lawyer with specific experience recovering money for victims of fires attributable to utility companies.
The fire damage lawyers handling cases were utility companies caused the fires at California’s Singleton Law Firm have the type of experience and record of success you need for this type of claim. Our attorneys were part of a team that recovered millions of dollars in awards for more than 1600 people in lawsuits against San Diego Gas and Electric for losses from the 2007 Witch Creek, Guejito, and Rice Canyon fires. We have access to various professionals who form an important part of our investigative team and are able to provide expert testimony to help prove your case. Our attorneys are thoroughly experienced in preparing and presenting the meticulously documented utility company fire liability cases that consistently succeed winning in fair payouts for victims.
No Cost Fire Damage Claim Evaluation
If you are a homeowner or business owner who has lost property or suffered other damages in a fire, you may be able to recover for your losses by filing a lawsuit against the utility company that caused it. In addition, if your insurance company or California FAIR Plan Association (CFPA) has not acted in good faith and has denied or delayed your legitimate fire damage claim, you may be able to file a bad faith law suit against the insurer.
The California Fire Damage Lawyers at the Singleton Law Firm are committed to justice for everyone who has suffered losses for which someone else was responsible. We are available to meet with you for a case consultation to answer your questions and explain how we can assist you in recovering for your fire losses. Put our experience to work for you by calling to schedule an appointment for this free service today.