Nor Cal Fire Lawyers File 2018 Butte Camp Fire Lawsuits for Wrongful Death and Lost Homes and Businesses

Nor Cal Fire Lawyers have filed several lawsuits that seek to hold PG&E accountable for the Butte Camp Fire. The first-filed Butte Camp Fire Lawsuit is on behalf of victims of the Camp Fire who were injured and lost homes or businesses due to the fire. Our wildfire lawyers filed another lawsuit, the Butte Camp Fire Wrongful Death Lawsuit, on behalf of family members who lost loved ones in the 2018 Butte fire.

The lawsuits allege, among other things, that PG&E was negligent in failing to maintain its infrastructure and properly inspect and manage its power transmission lines, the failure of which ultimately caused the Camp Fire to ignite on Pulga Road near Paradise, California.

Specifically, the plaintiffs assert that PG&E has a long history of safety lapses that have caused injury and death to California residents and despite its abysmal track record and knowledge of significant safety issues posing immediate threats to California residents, the company failed to take proper precautions to prevent future disasters.

“Northern California families and communities deserve so much better than this,” said Mike Danko, one of the lead attorneys representing Camp Fire victims against PG&E. “PG&E’s continued and repeated disregard for safety, and its inability to adequately maintain its equipment cannot be tolerated. Camp Fire victims have suffered unnecessarily, and they deserve justice.”

Common Misconceptions About Who Is Eligible to File a Claim

Many people affected by the fires have the right to file claims, and may not know it. Failure to file your claim could leave more money for PG&E and its investors. Here are some common misconceptions about who is eligible for recovery:


Only Homeowners Can File Claims


It is NOT true that you can only file a claim if you owned a home that was destroyed by the fire.

You can file a claim for a number of different reasons, including loss of a rental home, loss of personal property, and adverse health effects caused by the fire.


Only Insured People Can File Claims


It is NOT true that you can only file a claim if you had an insurance policy.

This is a court claim against PG&E, and is not dependent on your insurance policy. You can file a claim even if your insurance has already covered some of your losses.


Only Documented Losses Can Be Filed


It is NOT true that you must have documents to prove every item you lost in the fire.

You may be eligible to file regardless of if you have relevant documentation. In fact, the simple act of having to flee the fire may enable your claim.


Only Wrongful Death & Injury Cases Can File


It is NOT true that you can only file a claim if you lost a loved one or experienced personal injury.

Other reasons for filing a claim may include damage to your home or loss of personal property as a result of the fire.

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Our Bay Area legal group represents hundreds of Northern California residents whose lives were devastated by the destructive ’18 Paradise Camp Fire & the ’17 PG&E Wildfires. With every case we file against the utility, our goal is the same: to ensure our clients recoup the true value of everything they lost, and to compensate them for the steep emotional costs of this tragedy.

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Northern California Fire Lawyers in the News

Our team of Butte Camp Fire Attorneys have been featured and our lawsuit against PG&E has been chronicled in major national and California news publications:

  • Mike Danko in San Francisco Chronicle:  “At some point there has to be accountability.”
  • Amanda Riddle on ABC10:  “They were leading people to a false sense of security.”
  • Kristine Meredith on Fox40: “What’s so troubling to us [about the fires] is not only does it not change, it gets worse each time.”
  • Dario de Ghetaldi in Mercury News: “PG&E needs to stop blowing up and burning down California.”

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Previous and Pending Cases


San Bruno Fire

Serving as co-lead counsel, achieved confidential settlements for hundreds of victims of PG&E explosion and fire


Transformer Explosion

Confidential settlements of claims arising from PG&E transformer explosion and fire in downtown San Francisco


Spencer Street Fire

Record jury verdict against PG&E involving fatal apartment complex fire on Spencer Street, Santa Rosa, California


Butte Fire

Court-appointed co-liaison counsel for over 3,000 victims of the Butte Fire (cases pending)


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