According to CNN, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck today off of the coast of Chile. It is not presently known if there are any earthquake related injuries or fatalities. There is, however, a threat of a tsunami striking the Chilean coast. As of now, reports from the Los Angeles Times indicate that there is not currently a tsunami threat for California.
Recently, after a long period of time without noticeable earthquakes in Los Angeles, there have been numerous earthquakes that have rattled our area. Fortunately, none have been as powerful as the 1994 earthquake, which caused massive earthquake damage and many injuries and deaths in Los Angeles.
We wish to remind our readers, including our personal injury clients, to make sure they are protected by earthquake insurance, in case another “big one” hits the Los Angeles area. Not only that, it is very important to have bottled water and canned food in case of shortages and power outages. This was a major problem after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
If an earthquake does strike and you have damage to your property, you will need to make an earthquake insurance damage claim. This is a complicated process and the appraiser from the earthquake insurance company may not give you a fair offer for the full amount of the damage to your home or other property. This damage may be structural damage, in many cases requiring rebuilding of the entire house. If you need assistance with making a claim for California earthquake damage, you need an experienced attorney that you can trust. Please call our office for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. We can help you get a fair appraisal for the value of your lost property, so that the earthquake insurance company cannot take advantage of you in your time of need. Once you have a neutral appraisal, we can work to obtain a fair earthquake damage settlement for you.