California State of Emergency

Approximately 7,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed in the Northern California wildfires that struck earlier this month and authorities are estimating damages to exceed $1 billion.  To date 42 people have been confirmed dead, making this the deadliest wildfire incident in California history.

According to State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, loss totals are expected to increase “probably dramatically so,” as estimates made today only include insurance claims that have already been filed.  Per CBS News, That data included:

  • 4,177 partial residential losses
  • 5,449 total residential losses
  • 35 rental and condominium losses
  • 601 commercial property losses
  • 3,000 vehicle losses
  • 150 farm or agricultural equipment losses
  • 39 boat losses

State of Emergency Issued for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba Counties, State of California

Governor Jerry brown has already declared a state of emergency for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.  Today, October 23, 2017, President Trump issued an Emergency disaster declaration for the state and “ordered greater federal aid to supplement state and local response activities in the affected areas. FEMA Administrator David Paulison said federal resources began mobilizing as early as Sunday, October 21, and authorized federal funds to reimburse the state for certain costs incurred u nder FEMA’s Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAG).

“The safety of the firefighters, individuals and families in the impacted areas is of utmost concern,” said Paulison.

California Wildfire Attorneys

If you or a loved one were affected by California wildfires, we are here to help. Our attorneys can help determine who is responsible and make sure you receive the compensation you deserve whether you lost your home, vehicle, suffered bodily harm, experienced business interruption and more.

Sanders Phillips Grossman is working with leading attorneys from three of the Bay Area’s most trusted consumer law firms in evaluating potential claims including:

Visit Northern California Fire Lawyers for more information and document downloads and links.

Resources:  government resources providing assistance with food; health and wellness; shelters and housing; taxes and business filings; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claims; unemployment insurance, and more.

Insurance Claims Tips: understanding the extent and limits of your policy coverage, assessing the value of lost or damaged property, and making insurance claims can be complex and challenging -– especially in distressing times when access to resources, finances, and crucial paperwork is compromised.

Illegal Price Gouging:  California Penal Code 396 prevents individuals, businesses, and other entities from raising prices on essential goods and services more than 10% above the prices charged immediately before the state of emergency was declared. These protections extend beyond the counties directly affected by the fires to all individuals, businesses, and other entities within the state. Price-gouging protections typically apply for 30 days after an emergency has been declared. For reconstruction and emergency cleanup services, price-gouging protections apply for 180 days.