A wildfire can lead to devastating consequences beyond property damage. Those affected by wildfires may be entitled to monetary compensation for the losses they have sustained. Available compensation depends on the kind and extent of the losses sustained. also, the available outlets for monetary recovery are a consideration. Victims should schedule a legal consultation with an experienced wildfire attorney to know if they have a case and what its value might be. An attorney will help clients make a comprehensive list of their damages and pursue the highest amount of compensation available to them. The following are damages that wildfire victims may recover:
Property damage in a wildfire lawsuit can include damage from soot, smoke, water, flames, and mudslides. Victims can seek compensation for house structural damage, landscaping damage, damages to fences, barns, garages, and sheds, as well as restoration of ponds or pools, agricultural damage, and personal property damage. A wildfire may also damage electronics and appliances, family heirlooms, and vehicles. Victims can seek compensation for this damage. In addition, personal and business expenses related to the fire like lost wages and lost revenue because of business interruption can also be listed in this damage category.
A wildfire can cause devastating smoke. Smoke can contain various chemicals and fumes released when substances like metals and paint are burned. When breathed in, wildfire smoke can lead to a lot of physical injuries including asphyxiation, respiratory tract irritation, bronchitis, eye irritation, heart failure, poisoning from toxins, and even premature death. These injuries are particularly dangerous to pregnant women, the elderly, and children. Also, smoke can lead to property losses as it can permanently change the color, quality, and smell of personal belongings.
Wildfires can lead to different severe and catastrophic physical injuries. A lot of such injuries like disfigurement and scarring associated with third-degree burns affect victims for life. Sometimes, injuries from wildfires are life-threatening and result in wrongful death. Wildfires can cause physical injuries such as burns, eye injuries, soft-tissue damage, blast injuries, amputations, as well as nose, lung, and throat injuries.
After a wildfire, victims must go to a hospital right away. Doctors can quickly diagnose injuries related to fires and administer the necessary treatment. Some victims may initially feel okay; however, smoke inhalation may lead to invisible damage. Copies of medical bills and documents must be kept as they can be used to support a wildfire injury claim.