Victims of wildfires such as the 2018 California Camp Fire are looking to hire wildfire injury lawyers to get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Your law firm can get wildfire lawsuit leads delivered with relevant case documents by contacting our team at (912)-304-4444 or filling out a quick online form.
Wildfire victims will begin their search for legal help online. Our legal case generation services begin tracking wildfire lawsuit leads the moment potential plaintiffs contact our team online or via phone call. We have our very own in-house call center that is staffed 24 hours by multi-lingual specialists. All wildfire lawsuit leads are examined by our call center using customized questions and a qualification process that is based on your law firm’s case criteria. When our team finds qualified wildfire lawsuit leads, we gather case documents that your law firm will need to start working the cases right away.
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Case-Ready Wildfire Lawsuit Leads
Broughton Partners doesn’t just deliver retained wildfire plaintiffs, we go further by providing wildfire lawsuit leads with pre-packaged case documents such as hospital files and device information. We want to save your law firm’s time and give you everything you need to start working the case immediately. The wildfire lawsuit leads that we find are real victims who have legitimate wildfire injury cases.
Finding wildfire lawsuit leads can be challenging, especially leads that are case-ready with retained plaintiffs. Broughton Partners can help save your law firm’s time by performing the tedious work of examining potential wildfire plaintiffs and filtering out ineligible leads.
What is a Wildfire?
A wildfire is an uncontrolled fire that occurs in wildland areas, but these fires also have the potential to reach populated areas such as neighborhoods. Wildfires can also be called brush fires, bushfires, forest fires, grass fires, hill fires, vegetation fires, and wildland fires, depending on the type of vegetation being burned. Wildfires can become a threat to those in rural areas in addition to wildlife. Even in rural/suburban areas like California, wildfires can produce ember attacks, where floating embers set fire to buildings at a distance from the fire itself.
Wildfires go unnoticed when they first begin, but they can quickly spread to residential areas by igniting nearby flammable objects such as trees and brushes. Civilian homes and agricultural resources have been decimated by wildfires, causing enormous financial and emotional damage to families and businesses. Thousands of Americans have lost their lives from wildfires. Many of these unplanned fires occur in the western areas of the US, especially in Southern California and bordering areas of Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon.
What Causes Wildfires?
Humans, through either accident or arson, are the cause of most wildfires. Most actionable accidents are caused by large utility companies through negligence. However, there are also natural causes of wildfires, such as lightning. Wildfires may also begin from spontaneous combustion. As vegetation decomposes, it releases heat. When this process is intensified by the heat of the sun, enough heat can be generated to ignite a dry outer layer of vegetation. Once lit, the fire will travel quickly through the dry vegetation. Winds are particularly dangerous as they can blow sparks across long distances to start more fires.
About 85 percent of wildfires are caused by humans either intentionally or by accident. These types of human-caused fires could be the result of:
- Unattended campfires
- Burning debris
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Intentional acts of arson
- Negligent factories or manufacturing plants
Wildland fires can happen anywhere at any time, but there is an increased risk during dry periods when there is minimal rain and high winds. Wildfires are more prevalent in the summer and fall when fallen branches and leaves or other highly flammable dry material are in abundance. Natural causes of wildfires include:
- Volcano eruptions
- Heat Waves
- Climate Change
Where Do Wildfires Occur Most?
Wildfires most commonly occur in the western portion of the United States. California is by far the most wildfire-prone state, with over 2 million households at high or extreme risk from wildfires, followed by Texas at 715,300 households. Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Washington, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, and Montana follow respectively, with Montana having about 133,000 households at risk.
Statistics and Data of Wildfires
According to the National Park Service, nearly 85 percent of wildfires in the United States are caused by humans. Some human-caused fires result from unattended campfires, negligent or intentional burning of debris including arson, downed power lines, and even negligently discarded cigarettes. The remaining 10 percent are started by natural causes such as lightning or lava.
According to Verisk’s 2017 Wildfire Risk Analysis, 4.5 million U.S. homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfire, with more than 2 million in California alone. Losses from wildfires have added up to $5.1 billion over the past 10 years.
One of the worst years in wildfire history was 2017, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. There were approximately 71,499 wildfires and roughly 10 million acres were burned in that year alone. In 2018, that number lessened, but there were still 58,083 wildfires in which 8.8 million acres were burned.
Types of Lawsuits and Common Injuries
Wildfires can cause damage to structures, homes, land, and even death. Wildfires often displace individuals from their homes through forced evacuations. Often people will not know how bad the damage will be until they return days or weeks after the fire. Many wildfire victims think that since they have insurance, they do not need to file a lawsuit to recover their losses. While it may be true that an individual may be well covered, insurance companies may not be fully cooperative and may not meet the needs of an individual during this stressful time.
Many fire victims find out that their insurance does not provide sufficient reimbursement to rebuild or restore what was destroyed by the fire and subsequent erosion. Victims have the option of filing a wildfire lawsuit to seek financial compensation from those responsible for the fire.
Some potential claims are:
- Wrongful death – Individuals who have lost a loved one to a wildfire may be eligible to file a wrongful death suit.
- Property damage and personal property losses – If an individual has insurance, policy limits may be lower than the amount it would cost to restore all of the property owned, personal property losses, additional structures that may have been on the property, and what it would cost to rebuild the home.
- Emotional distress and trauma from wildfire evacuations – Insurance policies do not cover the emotional distress that is suffered from victims that escape their homes and seek refuge from a life-threatening situation.
- Loss of income – Any income that is lost during the period of displacement and evacuation may be recoverable. Loss of income relates to business owners and all employees that may have lost income as a result of a wildfire.
- Displacement – Displacement is a legal term that is used in wildfire lawsuits to describe the experience of being forced to relocate and find a new home, alter lifestyles in order to accommodate wildfire restoration workers, drive additional hours to and from work and other acts that may result from a number of causes such as wildfires.
- Personal injuries – Any injuries that are suffered as a result of a negligent or intentionally caused wildfire may be recovered.
- Cherished belongings – Most policies do not provide coverage to restore loss of cherished items that do not have an appraisal or financial worth. Victims will want wildfire attorneys who can include items like these and seek the maximum recovery for claims.
- Trees and vegetation – Typical home insurance policies do not cover landscaping, trees, family gardens and other vegetation destroyed by a wildfire.
- Loss of enjoyment – Anything that was loved about an individual’s home, community, and environment and how it was severely altered is also something that is not covered by insurance policies but may be recoverable through legal action.
California Wildfire Lawsuits
The following is an example of a state law (California) defining the term:
“Wildfire” means an unplanned, unwanted wildland fire, including unauthorized human-caused fires, escaped wildland fire use events, escaped prescribed fire projects, and all other wildland fires where the objective is to extinguish the fire. [Cal Gov Code § 51177].
The state of California experienced its most destructive and deadliest wildfire season in 2018. According to the California Department of Forestry and the National Interagency Fire Center, there were a total of 8,527 fires within the area of 1,893,913 acres, the largest acreage amount burned ever recorded during wildfire season.
Camp Fire was the name given to the California wildfire that killed at least 85 people and destroyed 14,000 residences. The wildfire began on November 8, 2018 and was not completely contained until November 25, 2018. Cal Fire, California’s forestry and fire protection agency, spent 17 days working to control and put out the fires. Nearly, 9,000 firefighters, including many from out-of-state, were called in to fight wildfires in northern and southern California. According to CNN, the fire burned more than 153,000 acres and destroyed more than 13,972 homes, 528 businesses, and 4,293 other buildings.
The wildfire was allegedly caused by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), a utility company that was accused of failing to maintain a transmission tower near the town of Pulga in Butte County. According to the allegations, the transmission tower had faulty steel rings which allowed dangerous live wires to fall to the ground and ignite flammable materials on the ground. Investigations have found that PG&E reported power line problems around the same time the fire started and near the same location.
PG&E is now facing thousands of burn injury lawsuits that are estimated to total around $30 billion in damage claims from thousands of plaintiffs.
The History of PG&E Wildfires
PG&E has a history riddled with lawsuits that date back to 1981. In 1994, PG&E’s failure to trim trees near its power lines caused the devastating Trauner Fire in Nevada County, California. A jury would later find the utility guilty of 739 counts of criminal negligence for causing that fire. The company paid out almost $29 million in damages. In 2008, PG&E’s inadequate repairs caused a deadly explosion in Rancho Cordova, California costing $38 million. In 2010, PG&E’s aging infrastructure caused a deadly gas explosion in San Bruno, California in which 8 people died. The fine for that case was $1.6 billion and the company was convicted of felony charges. That same year, another massive wildfire devastated California, known as the Butte Fire. The Butte Fire destroyed hundreds of homes and killed two people and was attributed to poor vegetation management practices by PG&E.
Is Your Law Firm Accepting Wildfire Injury Cases?
Victims who have suffered wildfire injuries due to negligence are actively seeking experienced attorneys for legal representation. Broughton Partners’ case generation service connects your law firm with wildfire leads who are already qualified and signed.
If your law firm is looking to help more fire and burn victims, then call Broughton Partners today at (855) 463-1735 for a free consultation. Our trained specialists will discuss how our wildfire case-acquisition process works and how Broughton Partners can get the prequalified wildfire leads your law firm wants.
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