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What To Do After a House Fire

By Dansker & Aspromonte

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July 20, 2024

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Experiencing a house fire is a traumatic experience. After dealing with the devastation there may be unexpected snafus, in order to make the transition and recovery period as easy as possible it is important to understand the immediate things to do after a house fire and details related to property damage or personal injury.

Whether the fire was in an apartment, single-family home, or multiple-family home you may find that other than the building being ruined, many of your personal belongings will be damaged by fire, smoke, or the water used to put the fire out. There may even be holes in the wall where firefighters cut to try and find the source of the fire, and to make sure the blaze is completely out. It is imperative to ask when it is safe to enter a property after a fire or to recognize that the building is not safe and you may never be able to enter again. You must consider your health and safety even after the fire is out, as the damage inside the unit may make you extremely sick upon entry.  You need to obtain a fire report and secure your property as well to avoid looting or theft or tampering with evidence. The fire report is a public document and is easily obtained through the local fire marshal. After a fire it is important to know who to call, you should contact your family to let them know you are safe and also your insurance provider. You may even need to contact NYC burn injury attorneys or burn injury lawyers. A big mistake people make is assuming that insurance providers or lawyers will contact you, this is the number one thing that you have to do on your own.

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Contacting an insurance agent will let you know what to do with the immediate needs of your home. The company may ask you to make a list of everything that was damaged by the fire in detail and explain how much you spent on the items. Remember to keep all receipts in the aftermath and cleanup process as many times insurance can reimburse or help you with certain processes. Normally it will take between 30-60 days to settle with an insurance company about personal injury or related property damage. Follow your gut and get multiple estimates from third party companies if you feel you need help or are being inadequately compensated. No matter how any kind of property or personal injury occurred you may be eligible for compensation, this is important to keep in mind when deciding whether or not you need NYC burn injury attorneys or burn injury lawyers. Getting help for you and your family is essential regardless if it is through therapy or a legal company. Handling the aftermath of devastation properly is key to securing a happy future afterwards.

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