Maui Wildfire Insurance Claim Lawyers
The Maui wildfires have devastated the community. Let us assist you with an insurance claim or legal action for compensation. Contact us to talk to a wildfire damage lawyer about your situation and get help today.
Attorneys for Insurance Claims for Maui Wildfire Damage
We are Recovery Law Center. Our Maui wildfire insurance claim lawyers are assisting:
- Families who have lost a loved one, including adults and children
- The injured, including burns and smoke inhalation, broken bones and other physical harm
- People whose homes have been destroyed
- Damage to sheds, fences and other structures
- Destruction of vehicles
- Those who have lost their household possessions
If you’ve suffered losses in the Hawaii wildfires, we are here to assist you. Getting the compensation that you need is so important. Let us answer your questions, explain what to expect, and aggressively represent your interests before the insurance company and against those who may be liable.
We’re taking new cases related to the wildfire now. Call or message us for a free consultation about your situation.
Insurance Claims for Wildfires
You may have homeowners or renter insurance that covers your property loss from the wildfires. Your insurance may cover your:
- Other things on your property like a shed, outbuildings or fence
- Personal belongings
- A place to live when you are displaced, temporary shelter and expenses
Our legal team helps people navigate the insurance claim process. Some of the ways we may help you are:
- Determining your coverage, understanding types of coverage and limits
- Filing a claim, following the claims procedure
- Gathering information needed for the insurance company to process the claim
- Responding if your claim is denied
- Understanding how insurance companies try and minimize claims, advocating for you
- Speaking to the insurance company on your behalf
- Taking steps to avoid delays
Housing is one of our most essential needs. Our experienced team of wildfire insurance claim lawyers can assist you in handling your claim quickly and completely.
2023 Lahaina Hawaii Wildfires
In August 2023, drought and high winds created fire danger on the island of Maui. On August 8, 2023, in the early morning hours, a brushfire began.
Fires ravaged the town of Lahaina, crossing Honoapiilani Highway (Hawaii Route 30) and burning hundreds of homes.
With hundreds of confirmed deaths, the Hawaii wildfires are already the most deadly wildfires in the United States since the Cloquet fire of 1918. The death toll is expected to continue to rise.
Hawaii Governor Josh Green called the wildfires the worst natural disaster in the state’s history.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the wildfires, we want to help you. Contact the Recovery Law Center today to speak with an attorney.
What if I don’t have my insurance policy?
Of course, when you lose everything in a fire, you’ve probably lost your insurance policy, too.
You can ask the insurance company to provide another copy of your policy or try to access it online. When we represent you, we can help.
Hawaii Wildfire Lawsuits Underway
Utility companies may have contributed to the fires by failing to replace aging infrastructure and by failing to take preventative action when faced with high fire risk. Parties responsible for the wildfires may be liable in a lawsuit.
A claim for damages may seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Vehicle damage
- Property damage
- Loss of community
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
Investigations are ongoing into the causes and potential liability for the fires. Individual personal injury and class action claims may be pursued. To see if you qualify to bring a claim, our insurance claim lawyers can review your wildfire damage case.
Who Is to Blame for the Lahaina Wildfires?
Possible causes and fault for the Lahaina wildfires are:
- Aging utility infrastructure that could not withstand high winds.
- Failure of utility companies to shut down power during periods of risk for fire.
- Inadequate inspection of infrastructure to identify faults and risks.
- Land management plans that did not require areas to be kept clear of grass.
- No law requiring structures in high-risk areas to maintain defensible space (California, for example, has requirements).
- Dwindling numbers of agricultural workers who are trained to fight fires.
- Water not available to fight fires.
- Poor warnings and evacuations for those in danger.
Weather contributed to the spread of the fires. However, negligence on the part of utility companies and others may have played a role.
If parties had been proactive, they may have prevented the fires from igniting or spreading.
These parties should be held accountable for the damage they have caused, economically and personally. Our lawyers can explore who may have liability and investigate all aspects of your claim.
Talk to a Lawyer for Free About the Wildfire’s Impact to Your Household
We understand that your life has been devastated. Our caring, experienced and aggressive team can take care of everything, pursuing your insurance benefits and other sources of compensation. Let’s talk about the specifics of your case today.
Companies and Agencies You May Need to Know
Hawaiian Electric – Maui County has already filed a lawsuit against Hawaiian Electric, saying that they shouldn’t have kept power lines energized in such high-risk conditions.
Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) – Hawaiian Electric Company is a subsidiary of HEI, a family of companies including American Savings Bank and Pacific Current.
Maui Electric Company – Provides service to the island of Maui.
Hawaii Gas – Gas utility company, find Maui relief information.
Maui County – Official government website.
Fire Department and Public Safety – Maui County Fire Department, including the Lahaina Fire Department.
Red Cross – Hawaii Relief Program, providing food, water, counseling and reunification assistance.
Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation – Fire Relief Housing Program.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency – Programs supporting recovery efforts.
Maui Nui Strong – Support for those affected including emergency relief, assistance and medical care.
State of Hawaii, Department of Health – Maui Wildfire Response.