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California Wildfire Lawsuit

California Wildfire Lawsuit

PG&E is facing over 100 lawsuits from people who were injured, lost their homes, or their livelihood as a result of the wildfires in Northern California’s winery region in October 2017.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting California wildfire cases. If you or somebody you know was injured, had property damage, or financial losses in the winery or hospitality industry, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Natural Disaster Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is the problem?

Fires swept across California in October 2017, causing horrific damage and death. At least 41 people died in Sonoma County and Napa Valley. At least 220,000 acres were scorched and 5,700 structures were burned, including more than 2,000 homes.

Wildfires Devastated Wine and Hospitality

The so-called “Wine Country Fires” were devastating for the wineries and vineyards in the North Bay, as well as countless people who were employed in the hospitality, hotels, and tourism industries. The fires damaged 22 wineries and dozens of inns. The grapes were about 80-90% harvested in Sonoma and Napa Valley, but smoke likely damaged the remaining grapes. The smoke damage may have ruined this year’s harvest.

California Wildfire Lawsuits Against PG&E

Over 100 lawsuits were filed against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) after preliminary investigations determined that strong winds damaged power lines and caused a transformer to explode, starting the blaze.

The first lawsuit was filed by a couple from Santa Rosa who lost their home to the fire. The lawsuit accuses PG&E of failing to properly maintain their infrastructure and cut back trees to prevent winds from damaging power lines. Experts are already estimating $5 billion to $6 billion in damages.

How Can A Lawsuit Help?

Wildfires are one of the worst disasters for property owners and wineries. Not much can withstand the blaze, and not much is left after the fire is out. Unfortunately, PG&E has a history of failing to cut back trees and maintain its power lines in heavily-forested areas.

Lawyers have begun consulting individuals about the next steps to take regarding their insurance claims. By filing a lawsuit, victims can hold insurance companies accountable for the financial compensation they may owe to you. Furthermore, PG&E could also potentially owe victims compensation for injuries, deaths, and property damage.

PG&E Pays Millions in Wildfire Settlements

In April 2017, PG&E was fined $8.3 million for failing to maintain a power line that sparked the Butte Fire in Amador County in September 2015. The fire burned for 22 days and killed 2 people, as well as destroying 549 homes and charring 71,000 acres.

Furthermore, in 1994, PG&E was fined $30 million when trees hit high-voltage power lines in Nevada and sparked a fire that destroyed 12 homes. Prosecutors said PG&E diverted $80 million from tree-cutting programs into profits.

Do I have a California Wildfire Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting California wildfire cases. If you or somebody you know was injured, had property damage, or financial losses in the winery or hospitality industry, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Natural Disaster Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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