Lahaina - Maui Wildfire Lawyers
Maui and the city of Lahaina were devastated by recent wildfires. With more than 110 fatalities and another 850 missing persons, this wildfire is officially the deadliest in modern U.S. history. People are demanding answers and justice, especially because it seems that serious failures on behalf of the island’s utility company caused the devastation and fatalities.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP is working with local counsel in Maui and is currently investigating the Maui wildfire for evidence of negligence and liability. Greene Broillet & Wheeler is the only firm that has represented family members of each and every person who passed away in the tragic Woolsey fire, one of the most destructive fires in the history of California. Our fifty years of experience as a nationally recognized trial law firm provides the strength, resources, and tenacity needed to handle any wildfire claim.
Call (866) 634-4525 or submit an online contact form with GBW today.
How Did the Maui Fires Start?
Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are researching the possible causes of the Maui wildfire. While the cause of the fire is still under investigation, video evidence shows downed power lines igniting dry brush, which quickly roared into a massive wildfire due to strong winds from Hurricane Dora. The same winds that allowed the fire to spread rapidly are the same winds that caused what appear to be poorly maintained power lines to contact the dry brush.
Who is Liable for the Maui Fires?
While investigations are continuing, it appears that The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), which oversees Maui Electric, could be liable for much of the destruction if the final investigation concludes that downed power lines in the area had not been properly maintained. Also, HECO has stated that power to the Lahaina region was not shut off in response to high wind warnings in the area. Utility companies should use emergency protocols to shut off power grids to prevent wildfires, but it seems that HECO had no such procedures in place and did not use them.
Maui Wildfire Wrongful Death Claims
Damages that could be available in a Maui wildfire wrongful death claim include:
- Loss of companionship and family care.
- Burial and funeral expenses.
- Lost wages the deceased would have earned in life.
- Value of lost benefits the deceased would have provided in life.
Other types of lawsuits might arise from the Maui wildfire disaster, too. If you lost valuable property like your home or business, then legal action could be used to remedy the situation and make up for your significant losses.
Although the Maui wildfires are still being investigated by the authorities, the time to talk to a Maui wildfire attorney is now. Hundreds or thousands of lawsuits are expected to begin soon, so starting legal action today can help ensure that your case is well-made and does not get lost in the shuffle of so many others. If you have questions about your legal options, contact a member of our wildfire team.
Initial consultations are FREE and confidential. Call (866) 634-4525 to begin.
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