Fire Damage in Los Angeles

Potential fires are a fact of life in California, and most property owners carry insurance to protect them in the event of fire or smoke damage to their buildings. The Santa Clarita Valley “Sand Fire” in July 2016, for example, burned more than 38,000 acres and destroyed at least 18 homes, as reported by the LA Times. This raging wildfire deposited soot, smoke, and ash over an extensive section of the state, including the greater Los Angeles area.

It is important to act quickly when fire has caused damage to your property. Unfortunately, insurance companies are often slow to respond, particularly when a wildfire in the area has resulted in many claims. When the insurance company responds, the representative may not take the time to thoroughly evaluate the full extent of the damages.

If your fire damage claim is not addressed in a timely and professional manner, it is in your best interests to consult with a property damage lawyer. At RA & Associates, we have been successfully resolved property damage claims for over a decade. We have recovered more than $30 million in insurance settlements for homeowners and business owners who have sustained fire and other damage to their properties. If you are facing difficulties with your fire damage claim, contact our office and schedule a consultation.

Mitigating Fire Damage in Los Angeles

In the state of California, property owners are expected to act to mitigate the losses caused by fire damage. This may involve taking action to prevent additional damage or action to prevent existing damage from becoming worse. Our attorneys have experience handling property damage claims. We can advise you of your legal rights after a fire and help you coordinate repairs and mitigation measures, find experts and appraisers to determine the cause and evaluate the full extent of the damage, and pursue the compensation you are entitled to receive.

Fire Damage Lawyer in Los Angeles

You pay your premiums and might reasonably expect that your fire damage claim will be handled promptly and courteously, and the insurance settlement will be adequate to cover the full extent of your damages. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Insurance company representatives are protecting the company’s bottom line and may not act as they should, under the terms of your policy. They may fail to respond, delay, undervalue, or underpay a fire damage claim.

If that happens, our accomplished property damage attorneys at RA & Associates are here to assist you. With more than a decade of experience in real estate litigation, we have successfully resolved countless cases for our clients. We will thoroughly review the facts and determine the best strategy in your case, which may involve a demand letter, mediation, or filing a lawsuit. You can rest assured that we will relentlessly pursue the full compensation you deserve.

We handle all our cases on a contingency fee basis. What that means is you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you. Fire damage is a serious matter. If your business property or home has been damaged by fire, soot, ash, or smoke, contact us for legal assistance in pursuing compensation for your damages.

Sources: Sand fire updates: More than 38,000 acres burned in Santa Clarita Valley mountains.