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Catastrophic Damages

Nevada Attorneys for Catastrophic Damages

Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa represent individuals and businesses that have suffered significant losses caused by natural or man-made catastrophic events. If the negligence of another party caused a major event that exposed you, your family, or your property to unnecessary hardship, our attorneys will investigate the cause, identify the parties who were negligent, and pursue claims against them to help you recover.

If you suffered losses due to a catastrophic event, call Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa for a free case evaluation. 775-322-3666.

What Is a Catastrophic Event?

A catastrophic event is an incident that causes life-changing injuries, death, or substantial property damage or loss. These events come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be caused by problems that worsen over time, or they can occur suddenly after a single act of recklessness or negligence. While some catastrophic events cannot be prevented (think tornadoes or earthquakes), fires, floods, explosions, and toxic exposures are generally preventable. And even when natural events occur, the chances are good that measures could have been taken to minimize the destruction, injuries, or loss of life.

Damaged home

Understanding the Effects
of Catastrophic Events

When people are exposed to catastrophic events, life as they knew it before the incident will never
be the same.

Catastrophic damages
  • Residents can be left without a home or vehicle.
  • Workers can be left without a way to make a living.
  • Companies can be forced to delay operations or even go out of business.
  • Local economies can suffer.

In addition to physical structures that are typically damaged or destroyed by catastrophic events, these incidents can cause the destruction of crops and the death of farm animals. They can destroy expensive art collections and family heirlooms. They can cause disabling or even deadly injuries.

For survivors, the days, weeks, months, and even years after a catastrophic event are filled with uncertainty, fear, great loss, and despair.

The Fernley Flood of 2008

On January 5, 2008, a century-old irrigation canal in Fernley, Nevada burst through a 50-foot breach, flooding the homes of approximately 590 residents. Fortunately, nobody suffered severe physical injuries, but the destruction caused significant property losses and emotional trauma that will last a lifetime. In all, approximately 1,400 people were affected. The damages totalled approximately $150,000,000.

Some parts of the town were flooded with water as deep as eight feet. Homes were destroyed. People and animals were stranded. As many as a dozen victims were rescued from rooftops by helicopters. Boats brought countless others to safety.

The 31-foot canal was owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation at the time of the breach, but it was managed by the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District (TCID). In 2012, a federal jury determined that the Fernley flood was primarily caused by TCID’s history of negligent maintenance practices.

Eight years, teams of attorneys, and hundreds of thousands of documents later, Fernley flood victims finally obtained relief when the district agreed to new settlement terms. In all, the victims recovered $18.1 million.

Just as our attorneys teamed up with other local law firms to protect the rights of the Fernley flood victims, our firm is here to help the innocent victims of similar incidents in Nevada and Northern California.

While nothing can be done to change the history of events that occur, Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa, LLP can make sure that victims of catastrophic events are compensated and responsible parties are held liable.

The Little Valley Fire of 2016

In October of 2016, the Nevada Division of Forestry implemented a controlled burn that, due to its gross negligence (as found by a Nevada jury), ultimately became an out of control wild fire that damaged many residents’ homes, land, real property and personal property along the Franktown Road area in Washoe Valley, NV. The fire decimated 23 homes and took the life of a prized horse. The residents in the area were lucky to escape with their lives as they were woken up at early morning hours as the flames entered their properties.

Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa, LLP teamed up with other local law firms to represent the fire victims and ultimately obtained a global settlement in the amount of $25 million as well as the ability to get money for its clients in excess of Nevada’s sovereign immunity cap.

What Our Clients Say

My family and I are thankful to Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa for their assistance during a three year case regarding construction defects to our home. We are truly appreciative of their knowledge, determination and assistance during this process. They were always courteous, and available to answer any and all of our concerns and questions. Thank you for the wonderful resolution. Many thanks to you and your staff.

Frances Castelli

We used Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa to represent us in a legal suit re problems in construction on new properties that we purchased from a developer.

We were very pleased with the representation provided by this law firm. They were fully communicative, responsive to our questions and were very knowledgeable about the issues that required resolution. Even after we reached a resolution, they have been responsive in making sure to point us in the right direction for help with repairs that are required.

We would recommend them to others with similar issues that require legal help.

Atam & Margo Lalchandani

Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa did a FANTASTIC job in our construction defects case. I interacted with several people from their office throughout our 2 year litigation. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always prompt about getting back to you when you have questions/comments/concerns. I especially enjoyed working with Darcy, Ardea, Eva, and Sandra. Being part of a lawsuit is no fun for anyone, but if you have to be a part of one, I can’t say enough positive things about this firm!

Victoria Fox

The law firm of Maddox, Segerblom, and Canepa were amazing to work with. They were thorough and always available for any questions we had. We worked a lot with Sandy who was always professional, friendly, always on time for appointments and just a great person to represent this firm. We have never been involved in a law suit before and they made it comfortable for us. We appreciate the hard work the lawyers and people who work for the firm did and would recommend them.

Becky Loudenburg
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