[Attorney Communication Per Rule 7.2]

Thousands of Victims of devastating Camp Fire in Butte County, Northern California may receive cash compensation for their injuries, destroyed properties, and emotional suffering and fear …. but, sadly, most of them are unaware of their rights.

While the cause of the Camp Fire is still “under investigation,” the following facts and allegations point to PG&E:

1. On November 7, 2018, PG&E emailed the owner of property in Pulga in the area of origin of the Camp Fire and informed the owner they were “having problems with sparks” from their transmission lines and needed to inspect a transmission tower.

2. PG&E’s employees had visited the property on November 7, but they did not fix the cause of the sparks.

3. Radio transmissions from first responders indicated the origin of the fire to be underneath the vicinity of high voltage transmission lines, across the Feather River from Poe Dam.

4. PG&E reported that on November 8, 2018, at approximately 6:15 a.m., they experienced an outage of the Caribou-Palermo 115 kV Transmission line located in Butte County. Later that day, a transmission tower, approximately one-mile north-east of Pulga, was reportedly observed to be damaged.

5. On the days leading up to the Camp Fire, PG&E began notifying 70,000 customers of the “potential that the company would turn off power for safety reasons given forecasts of extreme fire danger conditions.” Despite its own recognition of these impending hazardous conditions, on the day of the Camp Fire’s ignition, PG&E ultimately made the decision not to proceed with its plans for a power shutoff. It was not until November 9, 2018, after the Camp Fire already incinerated the town of Paradise, that PG&E turned off power to some of its customers.

Based on this information, we and many other attorneys believe that PG&E’s transmission line failed and ignited the Camp Fire. This conclusion has not been (yet) confirmed by the official investigation and we would like to make sure that our clients and other people we speak with understand this.

Attention:  If you or a loved one have been affected in any way by the Camp Fire, you may be entitled to receive cash compensation.  Applying for a claim evaluation is quick, discreet, and there is absolutely no cost.

In addition to the above described findings and facts, we discovered numerous reports indicating that PG&E, for years, has been neglecting public safety and supporting our conclusions regarding company’s fault.

1. In 2013, the Liberty Consulting Group had been retained to conduct an independent review of capital and operations and maintenance expenditures proposed by PG&E. The 2013 Liberty Report concluded that: “several aspects of the PG&E distribution system present significant safety issues.”

2. 2014 audit of PG&E’s North Valley Division revealed that between 2009 and 2014 there were over 3,400 PG&E repair and maintenance requests in the area of the Camp Fire that were completed past the date of scheduled action.

3. In January 2014, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency due to California’s continued drought. In June 2014, the CPUC directed PG&E and all investor owned utilities pursuant to Resolution ESRB-4 to take remedial measures to reduce the likelihood of fires started by or threatening utility facilities and agreed to provide additional funding on top of vegetation management funding already authorized in order to make sure remedial measures would not go unperformed due to lack of funding.

4. PG&E knew or should have known that a breach of safety standards and duties constituted negligence and would expose members of the general public to risk of death, injury, and damage to their property. And yet, according to records maintained by Cal Fire, forty-four (44) fires in Butte County were caused by electrical equipment from 2008 through 2016.

All of this supports our belief that PG&E’s negligence has more likely caused the Camp Fire.

While many homeowners may have a fire insurance policy, most of them will be surprised to find out that their insurance may not cover all the damage done to their properties, including the replacement value of the property and the damage to the soil. And what about lost business income? Lost wages? And compensation for the emotional distress and fear caused by the fire?

Those who have suffered losses may be entitled to recover money as compensation for their damages, which may include:

  • Death of a loved one;
  • Bodily injury;
  • Loss of a home and/or adjacent structure;
  • Loss of personal property;
  • Loss of a business structure;
  • Loss of agricultural property and products;
  • Loss of business or agricultural income;
  • Loss of trees or surrounding vegetation/agriculture;
  • Emotional suffering, stress, and fear;
  • And other damages….

Some Victims Are Worried  That They Will Have To Pay Out-Of-Pocket Costs If They Apply for Compensation

Sadly, some victims will not apply for claim evaluation because they are afraid that this service will require out-of-pocket expenses.  This is not only wrong, but it’s in fact, quite the opposite.

Applying for a claim evaluation free, confidential, and there is absolutely no cost.

Many Victims Simply Don’t Know How Much Compensation May Be Owed To Them 

Many victims will downplay what happened to them and try to convince themselves that their insurance should cover most of their losses. Not only may this cause financial difficulties and distress overtime, but this is the very reason why corporations, like PG&E, have been getting away with these practices for such a long time…

When you Apply for compensation Today you will make one step closer to holding companies accountable and demand justice for yourself and also for other people who, for one or another reason, won’t receive justice they deserve. Most importantly, you are claiming what is yours for yourself and for your family.

Compensation fund may be limited due to the number of claims. Take an action Today. Click >>HERE<< to Apply.

News: As of this year, our California Fire Lawyers at Hyde and Swigart work together with 3 other major consumer protection firms collectively known as Wildfire Recovery Attorneys.