CA Wildfires: The Legal Help You Need

The wildfires that devastated Northern California destroyed at least 8,400 homes and buildings, according to state officials, and burned more than 170,000 acres. Estimated total insured losses currently stand at $1.045 billion, according to preliminary figures released by the State of California Insurance Commissioner, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

The devastation the fires have wrought to this point is inconceivable.

Although the cause of the Wine Country wildfires remains unknown, State fire investigators and the Public Utilities Commission are attempting to determine if the wind-whipped infernos were triggered because PG&E power lines or other equipment toppled into trees and vegetation, according to a recent Mercury News report.

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PG&E Is No Stranger To These Catastrophic Events

As per Mercury News:

"In April 2015, the PUC imposed a $1.6 billion penalty on PG&E for causing a gas explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed a neighborhood. In August 2016, a federal jury convicted PG&E on six criminal charges for its illegal actions before and after the blast. In January of this year, PG&E was branded a convicted felon when the federal trial judge sentenced the utility on the convictions."

Our History Of Going After PG&E

Throughout the years, Girardi | Keese has had unparalleled success in dealing with PG&E, most famously obtaining over $600 million for residents of Hinkley, Calif., in multiple groundwater contamination cases. We were also heavily involved with leading the way in holding PG&E responsible in the San Bruno gas explosion mentioned above.

The San Bruno Pipeline Explosion

In 2010, eyewitness reports described a wall of fire 1,000 feet high - a PG&E pipeline had exploded, causing eight deaths and injuring many others. The explosion registered as a 1.1 magnitude earthquake.

The Erin Brockovich Case

At Girardi | Keese, we're known for having worked on the toxic tort case against PG&E that sickened the residents of Hinkley, Calif., with cancer and other ailments in the 1990s. The case was made famous by the film Erin Brockovich. Since then, we've gone on to help many more people in a wide variety of high-profile and challenging cases.

Helping Victims Of Catastrophic Fire Loss

Girardi | Keese has a track record of helping victims of catastrophic fire loss attempt to get back on their feet. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements in the Grass Valley Fires, Malibu Fires, and San Diego County Fires, some of which were started directly as a result of failed and downed power lines.

If you are considering legal action as a result of the Wine Country Fires, contact our attorneys at Girardi | Keese at 800-219-1982.

Why Call Girardi | Keese?

  • Girardi | Keese has fought long and hard in thousands of "David vs. Goliath" cases throughout the country since 1965.
  • Over the years, the lawyers of Girardi | Keese have recovered more than $10 billion for injured and defrauded clients.
  • The entire focus of Girardi | Keese is helping individuals (and their families) who suffer physical, emotional and/or financial harm because of the negligent or deliberate actions of other people and companies.

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