Slater Fire Lawyers
Representing Slater Fire Victims in Siskiyou and Del Norte County
Potter Handy, LLP invites you to speak with one of our experienced Slater Fire Lawyers regarding potential claims and legal rights.
Slater Fire Lawyers can help you find the answers to your questions and take your first step towards getting compensated.
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The Facts of the Slater Fire
On September 6, 2020, the National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning forecasting high fire danger which could likely contribute to a significant spread of new and existing fires in the area of the Slater Butte Fire Lookout near Happy Camp, California. However, despite the red-flag warning, PacifiCorp failed to de-energize its powerlines in the area. Just days later, on September 8, the massive fire ignited near the Slater Butte Fire Lookout. The fire grew rapidly and spread quickly because of high winds, hot temperatures, and low humidity.
The Slater Fire burned more than 157,000 acres, damaged or destroyed more than 700 structures, resulted in multiple injuries and fatalities, and has had devastating effects on the local community.
What Caused the Slater Fire?
An investigation is taking place into the origin of the Slater Fire. Claims are being made against PacifiCorp alleging:
- PacifiCorp failed to properly trim trees close to their powerlines.
- PacifiCorp negligently failed to de-energize its powerlines in the area a red-flag warning was issued.
- PacifiCorp’s powerlines came into contact with a nearby tree.
- PacifiCorp failed to properly inspect and maintain its equipment.
PacifiCorp operates both a high voltage transmission line and local distribution lines directly in the area where the fire likely ignited.
Slater Fire Claims – Compensation You Can Seek
Slater Fire victims are homeowners, renters, business owners, and other individuals and entities whose property was destroyed by the Slater Fire and whose lives have been devastated by the disaster.
While each case is different, common damage categories include:
- Business losses
- Damage to trees, timber, or underwood
- Depreciation in the value of your land
- Emotional distress
- Harm to pets or livestock
- Loss of crops
- Lost wages
- Personal injury
- The cost to repair or replace your home and personal property
- The loss of use and enjoyment of your property
- Wrongful death
If PacifiCorp is found to be responsible for causing the fire, you may be entitled to damages that your insurance – even good insurance — won’t cover. In addition to underinsured homes, most insurance policies don’t cover vegetation that is not part of the landscaping, natural vegetation or compensation for you or your family for the upheaval caused by the Slater Fire. The law provides for more compensation than most people realize.
When our Slater Fire Lawyers take on a case, we are consciously thorough in our investigations. We must be sure that we have identified all of your damages and accurately calculated them.
We will not be satisfied with a case outcome unless you get every last penny you deserve from the parties responsible for the destructive Slater Fire. Call us (415) 534-1911
Review Your Claim with a Slater Fire Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a utility-company-related wildfire, we will seek damages on your behalf for the losses you have incurred with absolutely no out-of-pocket expenses from you.
Potter Handy, LLP represents plaintiffs in fire injury and damage claims filed against negligent parties for the devastating property damage, economic losses, and disruption to homes, businesses, and livelihoods caused by recent California wildfires.
If you would like to speak with one of our Slater Fire Lawyers, call us at (415) 534-1911 or use the contact form on this page.