Experienced Wildfire Wrongful Death Attorneys for Maui Fire Victims
When the August 9, 2023, wildfires tore through Lahaina town and other populated areas on Maui, nearly 100 lives were lost. Many people were missing weeks later. With no plan for protective power shut-offs in the face of red flag conditions and fueled by hot, dry grass, low humidity and high winds, the inferno ultimately incinerated flames and devoured more than 2000 structures including homes, businesses, care centers, medical offices and houses of worship. Maui residents and visitors were forced to make emergency self-evacuations—some on foot, others by car or boat and others by swimming into the harbor to escape the inferno.
Help for Survivors of the Maui Fire
Since the tragedy, the veteran Maui Wildfire Wrongful Death Lawyer at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger has partnered with the members of the Hawaii Bar at Davis Levin Livingston and Southern California’s Panish Shea Boyle and Ravipudi. The litigators at Davis Levin Livingston with whom we are working are among the finest lawyers in islands wit a hard earned reputation for skill, integrity, honesty, loyalty, and compassion. DLL firm members we are working with include name partners Mark Davis and Michael Livingston as well as Aimee Lum, Matthew Winter, Chase Livingston and Hannah Matsunaga. Our goal is to provide families who have lost loved ones with guidance, advice and representation for the loss of family members.. California’s Walkup Melodia Kelly and Schoenberger and Panish Shea Boyle and Ravipudi have yeas of experience representing families that have lost loved ones from fires and post-fire mudslides. Together, our three firms are committed to assisting survivors of the Maui fire in their journey toward healing.
Maui Wildfire Wrongful Death
As the deadliest fire in Hawaii’s history, the Maui fire serves as a grim reminder that the unthinkable can happen at any time even in the most beautiful, peaceful, idyllic locations. Severe injury, loss of a home or business, or loss of a loved one are all devastating events that leave survivors shocked, vulnerable, emotionally distraught and grief stricken. Wrongful death is the legal term for a fatality due to the wrongdoing or negligence of another person, company, or agency, without ill intent. A wrongful death suit can be filed by the deceased’s immediate family members including a spouse or domestic partner, children, or parents.
The Davis Levin wildfire team has already filed a legal action on behalf of Maui fire victims, and represents additional clients on whose behalf they are investigating preliminary evidence relating to cause and origin as well as culpability for the fires. Potentially culpable parties include that includes Hawaiian Electric as well as other private and public entities.
Wrongful death damage recovery may include:
- Loss of relationship damages including love, care and support Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost income – expected earnings of the deceased, which dependents relied on
- Pre-death medical expenses – the cost of caring for the deceased from the time of the incident until death.
Call Our Maui Wildfire Wrongful Death Attorney
A wrongful death lawsuit cannot restore what has been lost, but it can help grieving family members rebuild their lives after a loved one’s untimely death. Wildfire-caused wrongful death cases are complex. A wrongful death suit requires the assistance of a skilled attorney. The experienced lawyers of our collaborating firms are here to assist in this difficult time. We understand what victims are experiencing. Our Maui Wildfire attorneys are available to answer your questions and discuss your rights. Contact us today for a personal or Zoom meeting with our Hawaii-based bar members.