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If you or your family has suffered injury or death, damage to your property or to a commercial business as a result of the recent California wildfires, you may have a claim for damages against the utility company responsible for maintaining powerlines that contributed to these fires.
California’s Public Utilities Commission and our team have launched investigations into the role that utility companies Pacific Gas and Electric (“PG&E”) and Southern California Edison (“SCE”) have played with regard to these completely devastating fires. The Camp Fire near Chico destroyed the town of Paradise and quickly became California’s most destructive fire, just one year after the Tubbs Fire ripped through Santa Rosa. The Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles, and particularly in Malibu, devastated the region. The recent Kincade Fire, believed to be started by PG&E’s equipment has destroyed over 350 structures. Fortunately, these utility companies have substantial insurance that can be paid to homeowners and businesses facing uninsured or underinsured losses.
Utility companies have a long history of causing wildfires due to inadequate management of power lines and the surrounding vegetation. Our preliminary investigation shows that PG&E and SCE have again neglected their duties to the public, resulting in this most recent round of California wildfires. PG&E has admitted to state regulators that it had problems with a high voltage powerline near the area of origin for the Camp fire immediately before that fire ignited. Similarly, SCE submitted an electrical safety report to state regulators stating that there was an “outage” at one if its substations in the San Fernando Valley about two minutes before the Woolsey fire ignited.
Members of our team hold utility companies accountable when they cause wildfires. We have been appointed to leadership committees in several mass tort litigations representing fire victims against California Utility Companies. We were on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the litigation against PG&E related to the 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County. We presently serve on the the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the on-going cases against SCE stemming from the disastrous 2017 Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide litigation and the 2018 Woolsey/Malibu Fire Litigation. And we represent our clients as part of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 2017 North Bay Fires against PG&E, which include claims arising from the Tubbs, Nuns, Atlas, Redwood Valley and Cascade Fires.
Even if you have insurance, you will almost certainly find that you will not be reimbursed for the total cost to rebuild, the total cost for your damaged trees, crops, farms and vegetation, the hours you have spent to restore and tend to fire related issues, cherished family possessions, any personal injuries, and the annoyance and discomfort you have gone through. These damages can be pursued through legal action. We file separate claims on behalf of each individual, business, ranch, winery, homeowner, and renter. We do not file class actions and we do not believe in the class action model for fire cases.
We are two separate law firms that together have represented thousands of Californians affected by wildfires. To help those affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires, our firms have partnered to form Pacific Fire Attorneys. We have clients from up and down California, from San Diego to Ventura to Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa, to Redwood Valley, Potter Valley and Willits. We are lawyers that aggressively and successfully pursue compensation for our clients and have fought for the past decade to hold utility companies accountable.
You can learn more about what fire damages may be recoverable here.
You can read more about our results here.
Recovering for Fire Damages
Your Home: Construction and Restoration. People work their entire lives to build or buy a home. When a preventable fire destroys or damages a home, it leaves a family without a place to live and wondering what to do next. You may be entitled to compensation for the damage or destruction of your home caused by a fire, including the amount of money it would take to restore your property to the condition it was in the day before it was affected by a fire. We hire the best experts to put your claim together, including construction experts, arborists, erosion experts, appraisers, and others depending on the nature of your claim.
Emotional Distress and Loss of Cherished Possessions in California Fires. Fires cause injury, death, and loss of property, leaving families homeless and without their most cherished possessions. These irreplaceable items include photos, antiques, family heirlooms, toys and books, wedding albums, instruments and much more. Those suffering a total loss from a fire may suffer extreme emotional trauma resulting from the realization that what they have spent a lifetime building is now gone. This can result in feelings of uncertainty and fear for years to come. Some deeply affected individuals may even experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We understand this sensitivity, and work closely with our clients to get them the compensation they deserve after a fire.
Insurance. Making it worse, families and businesses will come to find—almost universally—that their insurance coverage is not enough to re-build and restore their home or replace their lost contents. We help our clients through the insurance process at no cost, making sure they are able to maximize their coverage.
Recovery. Having an attorney who is experienced in recovering fire damages can make a great difference in the amount of compensation you may be able to recover. The attorneys at Pacific Fire Attorneys are among the most successful fire damage attorneys in California. Combined, we have obtained over $150 million in compensation for our clients who have been damaged by fires. We have helped thousands of fire-affected individuals rebuild.
Our California fire damage attorneys know how to go head-to-head with powerful corporations and utility companies. We have the knowledge, litigation skills and experts to help us identify the cause of a fire early and value your claims. We will fight to get you compensated for your fire damages, including your property loss and related expenses, your injuries or health issues, and your emotional distress that comes from losing your home and being displaced for an extended period of time.
When utility companies and their contractors wrongfully cause a fire and harm to others they often use their tremendous resources to fight hard in minimizing payouts to anyone who suffers a loss. Seasoned wild fire attorneys fight for you to prove the corporation is responsible and to establish the true value of your losses, including your annoyance and discomfort from this devastating event. We hire experts in fire investigation, hydrology, metallurgy, erosion, rebuilding costs, tree valuation, and personal property valuation. Working together with these experts we have the ability to reimburse you for your losses beyond what any insurance or government assistance may cover.
You do not pay us a dime out of pocket. We are paid by an agreed upon percentage from any recovery we obtain on your behalf. We advance all costs of the case on your behalf, and you do not pay anything unless we recover money for you.
You may be underinsured for this incident or your insurance company may deny the full value you believe you are entitled to recover. Insurance companies also often do not provide reimbursement for the annoyance and discomfort you have experienced. As a result, we fight to ensure those responsible for causing the fire pay the difference and ensure you are fully compensated for the loss that you suffered.
We help uninsured homeowners and renters. California law permits recovery for both uninsured and insured victims. If the fire was caused by a company’s negligent or careless action and you were harmed, then you are entitled to be reimbursed and we will work tirelessly for that reimbursement.
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