If the Washington Department of Transportation contractor was in fact negligent and caused this fire, they may be responsible for the costs of fighting the fire. And homeowners may pursue their own compensation from the contractor for their losses.
Kittitas County, WA (PRWEB) August 23, 2012
Mike Bomberger, a wildfire lawsuit attorney, is encouraging 2012 wildfire victims to speak to an attorney immediately if they have suffered property damage losses in the recent “Taylor Bridge Fire” in central Washington state.
King 5 News has reported damage from the Taylor Bridge Fire is estimated at $8.3 million, with 51 homes completely destroyed, six houses partially damaged, and 26 additional properties with other structural damage. Multiple news outlets, including Seattle’s Q13 Fox News, have reported the fire is believed to have begun at a construction site at the nearby Taylor Bridge in Kittitas County.
“Determining the cause of this particular fire is significant,” said Mike Bomberger. “If the Washington Department of Transportation contractor was in fact negligent and caused this fire, they may be responsible for the costs of fighting the fire. And homeowners may pursue their own compensation from the contractor for their losses.”
Bomberger goes on to say that while some wildfires are caused by nature, such as a lightening strike, or a spark thrown from a falling rock, a greater number of devastating wildfires are caused by human negligence or carelessness. In such cases where negligence causes a fire, such as reckless construction work, downed power lines left unrepaired, or vegetation is not properly managed, responsible parties and their corporate owners may be financially liable for the path of destruction.
“A third party liability claim is separate from any claim against a homeowner’s insurance policy,” says Bomberger. “The property owner will have to demonstrate how the third party’s negligence contributed, and also provide an assessment of damages. These claims are often complex and vigorously defended. Experience and knowledge in these cases is key to a fair resolution.”
Estey Bomberger attorneys understand that following a devastating fire, victims may be overcome with grief and in no condition to go up against a large corporation or their legal team, who are prepared to undervalue and deny claims. The firm offers a free consultation to wildfire victims and their families.
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