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$105 Million Wildfire Assistance Fund Offered by PG&E

Four months after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) filed for bankruptcy following liabilities from the deadliest wildfire in California’s history, the utility giant has offered a $105 million relief fund for survivors of the November 2018 Camp Fire. The wildfire assistance program would “provide some relief to the people who lost their homes and are currently in need of temporary housing or have other urgent needs,” PG&E stated in a court filing.  The relief fund still needs the approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court before PG&E can begin to make payments to wildfire victims.

Following the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA, equipment owned by PG&E has been blamed for igniting the blaze that killed 85 people and damaged or destroyed more than 19,000 structures. Fire investigators have also determined that PG&E equipment was responsible for starting over a dozen other fires that raged through California in October 2017.

If you or your family suffered losses during the Camp Fire, you may have a claim to recover compensation. Please contact us at (866) 265-0874 for a free consultation.

CA Camp Fire Causes Toxic Drinking Water

Paradise Drinking Water Contaminated by Camp Fire

Six months after the deadliest fire in California’s history raged through Paradise, CA, officials report that the drinking water in the town is contaminated with benzene, a chemical that has been linked to leukemia. Gasses emitted from burning homes led to the contamination when the cancer-causing chemical was sucked into the water pipes as water was drawn to combat the blaze. Officials estimate that 90% of the buildings in Paradise were destroyed. Residents have been warned not to drink, cook, bathe, or brush their teeth with tap water at this time.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

California Fire Report: Ideas, but No Action

On Friday April 12, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom released a report suggesting ways to prevent wildfires in the state of California. The report was published six months after the November 2018 Camp Fire blazed through Northern California—killing 85 people and causing more than $8 billion in insurance losses—and on the heels of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s bankruptcy declaration in January 2019 following allegations that the utility company is at fault for the fire.

The report explores whether insurers should be required to offer insurance to customers in high-risk areas, and suggests discouraging new development in high-risk fire areas. Another recommendation included is to change California's utility liability laws that require companies to pay for damages from wildfires caused by their equipment. Though ideas were laid out, a clear plan has not yet been put into place. Lawmakers will decide which actions to take. If action is not taken, the report’s authors predict gaps in electricity services, increased cost of electricity, and more destructive fires.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. 

New Evidence: PG&E Knew About, Ignored Fire Risk

New evidence shows that PG&E was aware of safety concerns surrounding the 100-year-old transmission line that likely started the Camp Fire in November 2018. Documents obtained by NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit indicate that PG&E left temporary wooden poles on the Caribou-Palermo power line for three years, despite knowing they posed serious wildfire risks. In 2012, five towers holding up the line collapsed during a winter storm. Furthermore, in 2014, a PG&E employee performing a risk assessment of the line wrote in an email that “the likelihood of failed structures happening is high.” Despite these warnings, the utility company failed to ensure safety. Following the fatal Camp Fire, PG&E shut down the Caribou-Palermo power line and suggested it may decommission the line altogether, citing equipment problems.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a free, confidential evaluation of your potential claim.

Drinking Water Deemed Unsafe After Paradise, CA Camp Fire

In the aftermath of the November 2018 Camp Fire that blazed through Paradise, CA, residents are facing another obstacle as they try to rebuild their lives in their hometown: unsafe drinking water. The fire that destroyed thousands of buildings and vehicles contaminated drinking water pipes, as toxic chemicals seeped underground. While the extent of the damage is being investigated, utility executives estimate that repairing the water system could take several years.

If you and your family suffered damages during the Camp Fire, please contact one of our attorneys today at (866) 265-0874 for a confidential evaluation of your potential claim. We offer free consultations.

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