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Deadline to File California Wildfire Compensation Claim Extended Through December 31st

California residents now have more time to claim compensation from utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) following the devastating Camp Fire that left thousands stranded. The deadline to file a claim, originally set for October 21, 2019, has been extended through December 31st. The new date was recently approved by a judge overseeing the bankruptcy case.

In a recent court hearing, attorneys representing wildfire survivors noted that less than half of the people eligible to file a claim have done so—drawing criticism that PG&E had not publicized the compensation program enough. Many displaced residents fled to live with family members or friends in other states, putting them out of reach of PG&E’s mailings and TV and radio ads. Other survivors simply were not aware of their ability to file a claim for compensation. PG&E’s lawyers said the utility company has so far received approximately 70,000 claims and processed 45,000, with up to 25,000 more claims pending processing.

The wildfires, which broke out in Paradise, CA and surrounding areas, were the deadliest in the state’s history, displacing thousands of families and taking 85 lives. According to officials, PG&E was concluded to be responsible for the blaze.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please don’t wait to contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

REMINDER: 2018 CAMP FIRE VICTIMS’ CLAIMS DUE THIS WEEK

Anyone who may have a claim against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for the 2018 Camp Fire must file a claim by October 21, 2019, or risk losing the right to receive compensation.

The Notice authorized by the bankruptcy court states that individuals and businesses that do not file timely claims will not have a say in the resolution of PG&E’s bankruptcy, nor will they be considered in the payment of any fire-related claims through the bankruptcy process.

Furthermore, failure to file a claim may result in losing the right to file a future lawsuit against PG&E for any and all losses, expenses or damages resulting from the wildfires that broke out in November 2018 in Paradise, CA and surrounding areas. These fires amounted to the deadliest in the state’s history—displacing thousands of families, taking 85 lives, and causing unsafe after-effects such as drinking water contamination. According to officials, utility giant PG&E was concluded to be responsible for the blaze.

Attorneys at Grant & Eisenhofer are working to achieve the best possible outcome for affected individuals, families and businesses affected by 2018 Camp Fire. With more than two decades of experience in litigating large-scale corporate and bankruptcy matters, Grant & Eisenhofer is uniquely positioned to aggressively prosecute the case against PG&E while navigating the intricacies and peculiarities of the bankruptcy process. The Firm’s Environmental Litigation practice group has achieved multiple multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of its clients, including a $143 million settlement against a national utility company whose negligence caused a gas leak that forced the evacuation of more than 150,000 residents in Massachusetts. A leader in plaintiff-side litigation, G&E’s skilled attorneys have the experience and reputation to litigate against large corporations and deliver strong results on behalf of clients.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please do not wait to contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

VICTIMS OF THE 2018 CAMP FIRE MUST FILE CLAIM PAPERWORK BY OCTOBER 21, 2019, TO PRESERVE THEIR CLAIMS AGAINST PG&E

Those affected by the 2018 Camp Fire have less than two weeks to file potential legal claims against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to recover money for deaths, injuries, evacuations, lost homes or businesses. Failure to file a claim by the October 21, 2019 deadline will result in the loss of all rights to compensation against PG&E.

In May 2019, the state of California concluded that PG&E’s faulty equipment caused the tragic Camp Fire, which claimed 85 lives, destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and contaminated thousands of acres of land in and around the Paradise area. Evidence shows that PG&E was aware of recurring problems with the 100-year-old transmission line that likely started the fire, but failed to take adequate safety precautions to prevent wildfires. PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2019 in an effort to resolve its liabilities outside of the ordinary civil justice system.

Since November 2018, Grant & Eisenhofer has been working tirelessly to represent victims of the 2018 Camp Fire and is uniquely positioned to achieve the best possible outcome for affected individuals, families and businesses. A litigation of this size and complexity involves numerous unique areas of law, all of which G&E has exceled in since 1997. Most recently, the attorneys in G&E’s Environmental Litigation practice group secured a $143 million settlement against a national utility company whose negligence caused a gas leak that forced the evacuation of more than 150,000 residents in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. Supported by the firm’s experience in litigating large-scale corporate and bankruptcy matters across the country, the team at G&E is uniquely positioned to maximize Camp Fire victims’ recovery by aggressively prosecuting the case against PG&E while at the same time navigating the intricacies and peculiarities of the bankruptcy process.

As one of the leading plaintiffs’ law firms in the country, G&E has achieved multiple multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of its clients. G&E’s attorneys have the experience and reputation to litigate against some of the world’s largest corporations and deliver strong results.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please don’t wait to contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

Military to Share Records Related to Hearing Loss Allegedly Caused by 3M Earplugs

The Department of Defense and other governmental entities will produce information relating to the hearing loss records of its employees for use in the 3M Combat Arms earplug litigation. Disclosure of such records and other information critical to the plaintiffs’ claims are governed by the Privacy Act, which allows government agencies to release records under Court Order. 

Between 2002 and 2015, 3M was under contract with the U.S. government to provide its Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs to protect service members from hearing loss associated with military training and operations. Plaintiffs in the 3M earplug lawsuit allege that the earplug loosened in the ear canal, rendering the product ineffective and potentially leading to permanent hearing damage, such as hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

To date, close to 1,000 U.S. veterans have filed lawsuits alleging that 3M knew about a design defect in the product, but failed to correct it. Moreover, 3M continued to sell the product to the U.S. military by the thousands.

If you or a loved one used 3M Combat Arms earplugs during your service in the U.S. military and suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus, please contact us by submitting the form or by calling us at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

 

NFL & NCAA Medics Work Together to Improve Football Safety

In June 2019, physicians and trainers from the NFL and NCAA spent two days in Indianapolis sharing data about the prevention and treatment of football-related injuries. Representatives from NFL Player Health & Safety, the NCAA Sport Science Institute, ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC attended.

According to findings discussed at the presentation, players are beginning to ask more questions about equipment, such as helmets, which help to prevent concussions. Severe concussions may result in loss of consciousness or amnesia, and can lead to long-term effects such as trouble concentrating, fatigue, delayed reaction speeds, and sensitivity to light and noise. Appropriately, topics at the session addressed concussion prevention and treatment, and equipment innovation. 

The NFL has made an estimated 50 rule changes to improve player safety in the past decade. College, high school and youth-league football leagues have not moved with the same sense of urgency as the NFL in changing player safety rules.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health and safety initiatives, hopes to improve collaboration with the NCAA in order to expand initiatives from 1,800 NFL players to a much larger number of NCAA players. “That’s going to allow [us] to reach conclusions a lot quicker and with more power because we’ll have more athletes,” he said.

If you played football at an NCAA member school and have been treated for a concussion-related injury during your time as a player, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please call us at 844-351-2394 if you believe you may have a potential NCAA football concussion injury claim.

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