Filing a PG&E Wildfire Lawsuit
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) may be responsible for the November 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California that destroyed thousands of structures and took the lives of dozens of people. Currently, the California Public Utilities Commission is investigating PG&E’s compliance with California’s safety regulations in regard to this wildfire. If you or your family suffered harm during the Camp Fire allegedly caused by PG&E, you may be able to file a lawsuit against PG&E.
Investigation Into PG&E’s Connection to Camp Fire
The November 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County was the deadliest and most devastating wildfire in California’s history. Eighty-five people died. More than 19,000 structures, including residences and commercial properties, were destroyed or damaged in the Camp Fire. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Public Utilities Commission are investigating the cause of the Camp Fire.
Although the cause of the Camp Fire is still under investigation, initial reports suggest that equipment owned by PG&E led to the fire. Just hours after the first fire ignited, PG&E released two electric incident reports summarizing transmission line outages near the area where the fire is believed to have started.
Butte County and numerous survivors have filed lawsuits against PG&E for its possible role in sparking the Camp Fire. The lawsuits allege that PG&E failed to follow California safety regulations and maintain equipment. In addition, the lawsuit filed by Butte County alleges that PG&E failed to de-energize power lines on the day the Camp Fire began, despite knowing of high-risk weather conditions.
What Does This Mean for You?
You may be legally entitled to compensation if you suffered losses in the 2018 Camp Fire. Compensation from a wildfire lawsuit may help pay for expenses caused by the fire, such as:
- Funeral and injury expenses. If you lost a loved one during the Camp Fire, you may be able to recover compensation for expenses associated with your loss. The same may be true if you or a loved one suffered injuries such as burns or respiratory complications during the Camp Fire. Survivors may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, funeral costs, and other expenses.
- Property damage. You may be able to recover compensation if you lost property or personal belongings during the Camp Fire. A wildfire claim may help you recover cleanup or rebuilding costs, as well as compensation for personal items like furniture, office equipment, jewelry, automobiles, trailers and other physical assets.
- Emotional distress. Wildfire survivors may suffer from emotional distress. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to recover damages for mental anguish.
What If I Don’t Have Insurance?
You may be able to file a lawsuit against PG&E regardless of whether you had insurance on your home, business or personal belongings. If you had insurance at the time of the Camp Fire, you may be entitled to compensation for those losses your insurance company did not reimburse.
What Happens to My Lawsuit Now That PG&E Has Filed for Bankruptcy?
Although PG&E has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, you may still be eligible to receive compensation. Our attorneys are experienced in handling complex claims involved in bankruptcy and investigating alternative forms of reimbursement like insurance policies.