Houston Fire Litigation Lawyer
The wildfires that regularly rip through California are often caused by man and sometimes negligently caused by utility companies. These preventable fires cause billions of dollars’ worth of damages and destroy lives. Attorney Brad Gilde is also a California licensed attorney, and he can represent your interests – whether you are a Californian, Texan, businessperson who has suffered business interruption, or anyone who has suffered from a fire event. At Gilde Law Firm, our Houston fire litigation lawyers can help you claim the damages you deserve.
Who is Liable for a Wildfire?
Just like with any other type of personal injury or property damage claim, there are potentially many liable parties for a wildfire. Defective smoke detectors may have caused a fire in a building that spread to nearby areas and caused a wildfire. Or, a negligent landlord or other property owner may have been negligent in maintaining their electrical systems, resulting in a fire that spread to other areas.
Still, the most common parties liable for wildfires are utility companies. Utility companies such as Edison International and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company have a responsibility to ensure their lines are safe and will not start a fire. For example, a tree may fall onto a power line, creating a fire hazard. If the utility company does not properly remove the tree to avoid a fire, they can be held liable.
Wildfires and Fire Insurance
If you have a home or business in California, you have likely purchased insurance for the space. The good news is that the majority of insurance policies available will cover fire damage, even when the fire was not a result of a dangerous condition inside the home or business.
The bad news is that if you have a home or business in a fire zone, you may have to pay for additional coverage. What is worse is that insurers often do not tell homeowners and business owners that this additional coverage is required. As a result, individuals are left to find out only after a devastating fire that they do not carry enough insurance to fully protect them. They are then left to pay for the remaining damages out of their own pocket, something that only makes a difficult time even harder.
Even if you do carry enough insurance to fully cover the damage, insurers are notorious for delaying, reducing, and denying claims. It is important to work with a lawyer that has the necessary experience negotiating with insurers to get home and business owners the full settlement they deserve,
Our Houston Fire Litigation Lawyer will Fight for You
Wildfires are devastating and when they happen, our Houston fire litigation lawyers at Gilde Law Firm is here to fight for your rights. We know how to determine liability for a fire, and we negotiate with insurers aggressively to make sure they do what is right. Call us today at 800-973-3106 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation and to learn about your legal options.