Understanding The Statute of Limitations in California Wildfires
California wildfires have become far too common. The latest Dixie Fire, which started on July 13, 2021, thankfully is now fully contained. However, over 950,000 acres were destroyed in the blaze's aftermath, and thousands of Northern California residents were displaced and injured. From losing homes, businesses, land, and more, many people affected by the wildfire can recover losses through filing a Dixie Fire claim, but time is of the essence. Here's what you need to know about the statute of limitations for California wildfire claims.
The Extension of the Statute of Limitations for States of Emergency
The prevalence of wildfires in California has prompted some changes when it came to the statute of limitations in filing a claim for losses. Assembly Bill No. 2594, which was approved on September 21, 2018, extends the statute of limitations for homeowners to sue an insurer from one year from the date of the incident to two years if the loss is due to a state of emergency. While this is extremely helpful for victims of the Dixie Fire, it's critical to gather the necessary documents and other items needed to begin filing your claim. Missing the window of filing your claim means leaving the compensation you deserve behind. To ensure your claim is filed correctly, you must enlist the help of an attorney experienced in handling wildfire claims.
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Can I File a Dixie Fire Claim on My Own?
While you can pursue a wildfire claim on your own, dealing with insurance companies can be tricky — and they are not your friend. The insurance companies are in the business to make money and will often dole out low settlements. They may especially take advantage of those who don't fully understand the law and the compensation they are entitled to. Filing a wildfire claim on your own is not recommended. Having an experienced lawyer to handle your claim means ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation for your losses.
In addition to filing a claim with your insurance company, you may also be eligible to file a civil claim against PG&E and other utility companies that were responsible for starting the fire.
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Need Help With a Dixie Fire Claim? Contact Robins Cloud LLP
The California Dixie Fire destroyed over 950,000 acres in three months, leaving thousands displaced and injured. If you and your family were impacted by the Dixie Fire, Robins Cloud LLP can help. Our firm has represented thousands of victims in California wildfire claims for which PG&E and other utility companies are to blame. We are here to help you seek justice and recover your losses so you can move forward with your life.
Contact Robins Cloud LLP today at (800) 691-2363 for a free consultation with one of our Dixie Fire Lawyers.