HAVE YOU SUFFERED LOSSES OR HAVE YOU BEEN EVACUATED FROM THE DIXIE WILDFIRE?
BRIDGFORD, GLEASON & ARTINIAN has fought for over 6,500 wildfire victims throughout California.
As of August 12, 2021, the Dixie wildfire had destroyed more than 515,756 acres of brush and property throughout Butte County, forcing over 12,000 evacuations, and had destroyed over 1,100 structures. Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian are investigating the cause and origin of this fire to evaluate potential legal claims by victims and their families against PG&E and others. BGA have represented (and are still representing) over 6,500 wildfire victims as clients throughout Southern and Northern California who sustained losses from wildfires caused by PG&E and SCE. Richard Bridgford, a 1985 Stanford Law graduate and U.S. News Best Attorney, and BGA were instrumental in obtaining the $13.5 billion settlement against PG&E in the North Bay and Paradise Fires. Similarly, BGA has received multiple 8 figure recoveries for wildfire victims against SCE in recovery.
A checklist for residents and property owners facing losses from the Dixie Wildfire
Facing A Potential Evacuation?
- Photograph/video all the possessions in your home, including the rooms, the house itself, and the landscaping and trees outside. It will be hard to remember everything later if things are destroyed.
- Prepare your “go” pack. Include all important documents (birth certificates, SSN cards, passports, insurance policies) and cherished possessions (wedding/baby photos, videos, and family heirlooms).
- NOTE: Often better to leave early; easier to gather cherished items and find hotels with vacancies.
- Get a copy of your insurance policy.
- Contact your insurance company immediately to file your claim if you have to evacuate, or if you suffer any fire damage. Have your insurance company document your full losses.
- Keep track of all correspondence with your insurance company such as payments, statements of loss, and claim summary forms.
- Review your insurance policy to see your alternative living expenses “budget.” This will be important in choosing where to stay and managing expenses.
- Keep all of your receipts of alternative living accommodations (hotels, AirBnB, rentals, etc.) and receipts for eating out while you are displaced with no kitchen. If your commute for work has become greater, keep track of the additional miles. Keep receipts for replacement items as well.
- Keep a journal of what is happening each day – it will be hard to recreate later. Describe!
- Keep all estimates, receipts, and invoices related to the damage your real property has suffered.
- Start your personal property contents list. This will be important for submission to your insurance carrier and in any future litigation against the bad actor to recover amounts lost in excess of insurance.
- Track for each item of personal property: (1) what it was; (2) the quantity; (3) the brand or store purchased from; (4) about when it was purchased; and (5) approximate purchase price.
- Create list of “cherished possessions”: Family heirlooms, wedding photos, baby photos, jewelry handed down, etc. if you were unable to evacuate with them.
- Go mentally through each room and drawer in your home. Visualize what was in it. Write it down.
- Use the attached personal contents inventory list of items typically located in most homes.
How do I find a wildfire lawyer near me?
Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian is a respected trial law firm with multiple offices in Northern and Southern California and serving all of California. Having represented over 6,500 wildfire clients, our wildfire attorneys have the experience, skills, and resources to obtain justice for you. Please call us at 949-831-6611 or toll-free at 833-758-0785 or email FireLawyers@BridgfordLaw.com.
Contact us today if you have questions or you have been harmed or sustained losses related to the Dixie wildfire. The firm will need to speak directly with you about your facts to tell you what you can recover.