Who is Responsible for the Woolsey Fire?
While the official cause of the Woolsey Fire is still under investigation by the authorities and officials throughout the State of California, there is evidence that a So Cal Edison substation circuit near the origin of the Woolsey Fire “relayed”, or sensed a disturbance on the circuit, just two minutes before Cal Fire has indicated that the fire ignited.
According to So Cal Edison, “Preliminary information indicates the Woolsey Fire was reported at approximately 2:24 p.m. Our information reflects the Big Rock 16 kV circuit out of Chatsworth Substation relayed at 2:22 p.m.”
The Law Offices of Bradley S. Wallace, PC is committed to representing the communities of Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Agoura HIlls, Calabasas, Malibu, and those affected by this devastating fire in their claims against the So Cal Edison for their role in causing this tragedy.
What Damages Can be Recovered?
There are multiple different types of civil money damages that can be recovered in a case like this. Under the law, a victim of a negligently caused fire can recover property damage, which includes damage to homes and other structures, personal property and/or contents of the home, trees and landscaping, and erosion damage. In addition, victims can collect evacuation and alternative living expenses, as well as lost personal and/or business income. Lastly, and often overlooked, victims can also recover personal injury/emotional distress damages, which includes fear, inconvenience, mental suffering, despair, disturbance and annoyance.
What Damages am I Entitled to?
Depending on your individual circumstances related to your property, what damage was sustained, both to your property, income, and personal injury, you may be entitled to significant money damages, under the law, for all of the categories of damages discussed above. Every case is different and an individual analysis is required for each client and each property.
The Law Offices of Bradley S. Wallace, PC is committed to spending the necessary time, money, and resources to investigate each client’s case and determine the full amount of damages that are recoverable under the law. Our office works on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not recover a fee unless we obtain a recovery in your case. Our interest are aligned with yours, in that we will seek the maximum recovery on your behalf.
Why Do I Need to Pursue a Case if I Collected on My Insurance?
If you have already collected money through your own homeowners, renters, and/or property insurance, it is likely that your recovery was limited in several different ways, both with respect to the items that were allowed to be claim (i.e., structure, contents, etc.) as well as the limits on the amount that could actually be recovered. Every insurance policy has applicable limits of recovery which cap the amount of money that can be obtained, even if your actual damages exceed that limit. Especially in cases involving damage from wildfire, it is extremely common, if not the norm, for property owners to have sustained substantial money damages to their person and property far in excess of what is covered by their insurance policy that was in effect at the time of the fire.
This is where our firm comes in to help. We do not take any proceeds from your insurance recovery. Our goal is to pursue all of your excess damages, which are often substantial in nature, from So Cal Edison for their role in causing, or contributing to the cause of the fire.
How Does the Woolsey Fire Case Work?
The Woolsey Fire case will be a lawsuit against Southern California Edison for their role in causing, or contributing to the cause of the Woolsey Fire. Assuming Southern California Edison denies the responsibility, a lawsuit will be filed and the case will proceed into litigation. Discovery will be exchanged by both sides, which will include written and oral discovery. Experts will be retained by both sides to testify both to liability (cause of the fire) and damages. If the parties reach a point in the litigation where settlement can be achieved, the case will be settled for a monetary settlement. If the case cannot be resolved prior to trial, the case will proceed to a jury trial in Los Angeles and/or Ventura County, which our offices specializes in. In either scenario, our office will be fighting for all Woolsey Fire clients to ensure that a positive outcome will be achieved.
What Will I Have to Do for the Case?
As a client of the firm and a Plaintiff in the Woolsey Fire case, you will need to participate to the extent required to allow our firm to prosecute your case. This will include answering written questions, communicating with our office, appearing for a deposition, making your property available for inspection, etc. Our firm’s goal is not to pester or bother you, but rather to involve you in the important aspects of the case, to the extent you are needed for information, evidence, testimony, and/or settlement approval.
The Law Offices of Bradley S. Wallace, PC is committed to representing the Southern California community and those affected by this devastating fire in their claims against So Cal Edison for their role in causing this tragedy. Please call our office today for a free consultation.