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Fire damage in Douglas: your rights explained

Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 4:47pm

Unfortunate events in Douglas last weekend saw Cork's emergency services battle one of the biggest blazes in the city in the recent past causing untold damage.

For the many people whose vehicles remain severely or partially damaged, the next step will involve recovering their losses and we at Harvey Accident Management, a dedicated service offering from Martin A Harvey Solicitors’ will assist and guide you through the process to include the following:

1. Recovery of your vehicle when it is safe to do so.

2. Inspection of your vehicle to quantify/estimate your losses.

3. Immediate and interim car hire until you have been fully compensated for your loss (payment deferred until the conclusion of your case and will be made by the insurers of the party responsible).

4. Recovery of the contents/valuables within your vehicle which may have been destroyed.

If your vehicle was one of those damaged by what was understood to have been another vehicle catching alight, then you will have a cause of action to recover your losses from the following parties; the owner of the vehicle (their insurers), the manufacturer and possibly the vendor of the vehicle.

At the moment, investigations are ongoing and Cork Fire Service, gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority will be preparing statutory reports to discover the cause of the fire. Your recourse to recover losses will depend on the cause of the fire which is yet to be categorically confirmed.

However, the innocent owners of vehicles within the car park can rest assured that they will be in a position to recover their losses from the above parties’ insurers.

For any further information, contact the Accident Management Team at Martin A. Harvey & Co. Solicitors on 021-4963400.

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