PERSONAL INJURY | FIRE LOSS | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | PROPERTY DAMAGE | LEGAL ACTION | PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS | INSURANCE COVERAGE
At Blackman Legal Group, we bring over 32 years of experience to people in California who have suffered property loss due to a fire. Most of the clients who come to us are uncertain about their rights and what they should do to protect their interests. The purpose of this page is to answer some frequently asked questions about fire loss.
At Blackman Legal Group, we combine our experience, skill and knowledge with meticulous preparation. As a result, we often help clients recover settlements at or even above policy limits. We have also obtained many verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million.
For a free case evaluation, contact Blackman Legal Group by e-mail or call our office at 415-585-5200 (toll-free at 866-692-8126) to set up an appointment.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE SUFFERED A FIRE LOSS?
The first mistake most people make after a fire is to immediately contact their insurance provider and file a claim. Your insurer has a vested interest in minimizing or avoiding payment to you. To protect your rights, you should contact an attorney before you do anything. We will help you take the right steps to fully protect your interests, and will act as your advocate with your insurance company.
Any actions you take with respect to your property may affect your claim for damages. In most instances, we will advise you to take appropriate action to secure your property, winterizing it if necessary. We will also ask you to prepare a complete inventory of all assets, whether intact, salvageable or destroyed.
WHAT LOSSES CAN I RECOVER AFTER A FIRE?
You are entitled to recover any losses that are reasonably foreseeable as a result of the negligence that caused the fire. This includes damages for personal injury, physical property damage, and loss of income or revenue if business assets are damaged or destroyed.
HOW DO I SHOW WHAT CAUSED THE FIRE?
Because of the damage and destruction caused by a fire, as well as the impact of measures designed to put out the fire, such as water and fire retardants, it can be extremely difficult to establish the cause of a fire. You will need to hire an expert, someone with extensive skill and experience investigating all types of fire losses.
WHAT IF MY CLAIM HAS ALREADY BEEN DENIED? IS IT TOO LATE?
No. Even though it is far easier to help you get the recovery you deserve if you contact an attorney before filing a claim with your insurer, we can still protect your rights, even if your claim has been denied. We have considerable experience successfully protecting the rights of people in bad faith denials of insurance claims. We can also help you if your insurer is simply engaging in delays or has offered you far less than the damages you suffered.
We handle all fire loss injury claims on a contingent fee basis. We will only charge you attorney fees if we recover compensation for your losses.
CONTACT BLACKMAN LEGAL GROUP
We offer a free case evaluation to people injured in a deck collapse. For an appointment, contact us by e-mail or call our office toll-free at 866-692-8126. We have offices throughout California. To find the location nearest to you, see our Office Locations page.