Spanish Speaking Camp Fire Survivors Face Recovery Barriers

As the December 31st deadline looms for California wildfire victims, affected residents and business owners have only three more weeks to submit their compensation claims. Many Spanish-speaking displaced home owners may face language barriers, however, when it comes to initiating their paperwork. Applications for the Wildfire Assistance Program and the Camp Fire Intake Form are only available in English. Without Spanish-translated materials, survivors who do not speak English may struggle to recover from last year’s Camp Fire, which burned through Butte County and killed 85 civilians.

“One of the difficulties is the language barrier. A lot of the resources out there are pretty much [only] in English,” says Alejandra Melgarejo, volunteer with the nonprofit, “California Hope,” which has been helping Spanish-speaking victims. The only other resource in place is bi-lingual call center agents.

Grant & Eisenhofer’s Spanish-speaking staff and attorneys are available to provide language assistance to Spanish-only speakers seeking recovery from the 2018 Camp Fire. Claims must be made by December 31st in the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company Bankruptcy Case.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, don’t wait until the deadline to file your claim. You may need to collect certain pieces of information or documents relating to your claim, which could take days or even weeks. Contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.