Lawsuits allege that PG&E’s failure to maintain lines and equipment caused the fires, which decimated hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California.
NAPA, CA – Danko Meredith, Girard Gibbs, and Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle, a coalition of Bay Area law firms known as Northern California Fire Lawyers, have recently filed lawsuits on behalf of fire survivors throughout Northern California who suffered injuries and lost their homes and/or businesses as a result of the region’s wildfires, which began in October 2017. The lawsuits allege, among other things, that PG&E was negligent in failing to properly inspect and maintain its infrastructure and clear vegetation from power lines, which ultimately caused the 19 separate fires to ignite in one night.
Specifically, the plaintiffs assert that PG&E has a long history of safety lapses that caused injury and death to California residents, and damaged or destroyed their property, including at least 16 fires/ explosions in the past 25 years. However, despite that 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.
“The people of Northern California who lost their homes and suffered injuries as a result of these fires deserve justice,” said Mike Danko of Danko Meredith. “PG&E has a long history of putting corporate profits over public safety and that pattern must come to an end.”
“Northern California Fire Lawyers is a team of Bay Area attorneys that has successfully taken on PG&E in wildfire cases,” said Dario de Ghetaldi. “We are prepared and committed to taking our unique knowledge of PG&E’s systems, policies, and background, and using those tools to hold the corporation accountable on behalf of those affected in Northern California.”
Individuals and businesses that were affected or suffered damage from the Tubbs, Atlas, Nuns, Sulphur, Redwood Valley, LaPorte, and surrounding fires and would like to learn more about their legal rights in the Northern California Fire PG&E Lawsuits may contact our team at 707-238-4878. Our attorneys pride themselves on being there for our clients at every stage of the litigation, from intake through verdict or settlement.
About Northern California Fire Lawyers
The law firms of Danko Meredith, Girard Gibbs, and Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle each has experience representing California businesses and families that have suffered losses in previous fires, and we have successfully litigated against some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the country. Attorneys Dario de Ghetaldi and Amanda Riddle of Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle were co-liaison counsel for nearly 50 families in litigation against PG&E concerning the September 2010 explosion of a 30-inch natural gas transmission line in San Bruno. They currently represent over 200 families who are victims of the 2015 Butte Fire that devastated over 70,000 acres. The attorneys of Danko Meredith have earned hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for their clients; Mike Danko serves as co-lead trial attorney on behalf of victims of the Butte Wildfire, and was recently honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by San Mateo Trial Lawyers Association. Girard Gibbs’ attorneys bring more than two decades of experience representing clients in complex cases against utility companies, banks and pharmaceutical manufacturers. The Daily Journal named Girard Gibbs attorney Eric Gibbs to its prestigious list of “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California” for 2016 and Law360 recognized Eric as a “2016 Consumer Protection MVP,” the only plaintiff-side lawyer in the country selected in that category.