The first claim has been filed in the tragic Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters on June 30, 2013. The family of firefighter Grant McKee filed a civil claim that seeks in excess of $36 million.
The claim alleges negligence on the part of the City of Prescott, the County of Yavapia, and the State of Arizona in violating the 10 standard firefighting orders, ignoring the 13 watch-out situations, and various other strategic and tactical errors.
Here is a copy of the claim: YARNELL FIRE SUIT- notice of claim
Interestingly, the claim argues that because McGee was denied workers compensation benefits, the city of Prescott cannot claim liability protection under the workers compensation exclusivity principle. Under the exclusivity doctrine, workers compensation benefits are considered to be the “exclusive” remedy to an employee who suffers a LODD or injury. By virtue of denying McKee workers comp coverage the city opened itself up to liability.