What to Do After a Fire

CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY NOW: If you don’t hire us, hire a qualified attorney to represent your interests. The insurance company will have a fire investigator on the scene the day of the fire. You need to have your own cause and origin investigator there at the same time before valuable evidence is taken, disturbed or destroyed.

DO NOT RELY ON THE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT: The city fire department or state fire marshal will send its investigator in to eliminate arson as a cause of the fire. They will not attempt to discover the real cause and origin once arson is eliminated. It takes special investigators with specific knowledge to determine the cause of a fire. Once their job is finished the insurance company will then send in its investigators. It is imperative that you have your own investigator working for you at the scene before valuable evidence is destroyed, altered or taken.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONES FIRST: Concentrate on getting well from your injuries or dealing with the loss. Let us worry about your case.

MAKE A TIMELINE AND TAKE NOTES: Take good notes about the people you remember at the scene, statements that you overheard and who provided you medical treatment. Keep a record of the names of the physicians, nurses and other providers who treated you.

TAKE PHOTOS OF YOUR INJURIES: Take photos or your injuries as and when they heal. This will help us tell the jury your story.

BEWARE OF INSURANCE ADJUSTORS: Do not speak to any person about your injuries or the fact that you have or may consult an attorney. They will use anything you say against you if it is in their best interest.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Do not post comments and photos on any social media about your case. These postings may become evidence in your case. Remember: anything you say, write or post will be used against you.

PRESERVE YOUR EVIDENCE: Preserve any and all evidence…such as the clothes and shoes you were wearing when you were hurt, medical bills, letters from insurance companies, photographs, texts and emails. When in doubt, save it.

NEWSPAPERS AND TV: Do not grant interviews to newspapers or TV stations.