Fires are caused by a variety of reasons and sometimes involve fires at homes, businesses, wildland fires, and forest fires.┬á Wildland and forest fires have the potential to cause serious personal injury, property damage, and even death to those in the paths of fire.┬á With its mountainous terrain and heavy vegetation, Northern California is a prime area for wildfires.┬á Sometimes, these fires are unavoidable, such as when they begin by lightning strikes.┬á At other times, they are caused by carelessness which may lead to compensable damages, caused by:
- Carelessly disposing of cigarette butts
- Open burning when there is a ban in place
- Careless use of vehicles
- Unsafe campfires
- Storing flammable materials near open flames
- Improper disposal of materials such as oily rags that later spontaneously combust
- Illegal activities
- Improper or unsafe vegetation management by property owners
Wildland and forest fires require a great deal of time and resources to properly contain them.┬á Once they are extinguished,┬áinvestigations into their cause is required. When investigations uncover negligence on the part of others, these individuals can be held liable for any injuries or damage that occurs as a result.
Fire claims can be complicated and expensive to investigate and litigate.┬á Some attorneys do not want to handle┬áfire cases.┬á That doesnΓÇÖt mean that help is not available.┬á Contact the experienced attorneys at Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP if you or your property┬áhave been injured by fire.