November 8, 2018 is still fresh in our minds as the day the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history started. The Camp Fire killed 85 people, injured many civilians and firefighters, and burned more than 153,000 acres in and around Paradise, CA. The people impacted are still suffering in the aftermath nearly a year later – facing homelessness, lasting injuries, and the devastation of losing loved ones. To add insult to injury, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), whose electrical equipment was found to have caused the Camp Fire, and the 2017 North Bay Fires, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.
PG&E Attempts to Shirk Responsibility
When a company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, continues to operate its business. However, it must propose a plan to the bankruptcy court to “reorganize” its debts, which includes legal claims. After PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2019, those who filed claims for compensation became known as creditors. Although PG&E claimed it had the best interest of fire victims in mind, its proposed Plan of Reorganization submitted in September 2019 is unfavorable to fire victims and dishonors its promise – protecting its shareholder interests instead once again.
Chapter 11 bankruptcy was a strategic move for PG&E. On top of the company’s disregard for safety that caused several California wildfires and related deaths and injuries, filing for this type of bankruptcy allows PG&E to run its multibillion-dollar business as usual while attempting to avoid its obligation to the people impacted by these tragedies. However, according to CaseyGerry – one of the three law firms that joined forces as the Camp Fire Trial Lawyers to fight for the fire victims against PG&E – those affected by the Camp Fire and North Bay Fires can still seek compensation for their losses. However, they must file a claim prior to October 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PPT. After that time, victims will give up their rights to seek any compensation for their injuries, loss of loved ones, and property loss.
Victims Urged to Protect Their Right to Compensation
In response to the devastation that the recent wildfires caused, CaseyGerry teamed with the experienced power line fire trial lawyers, Thomas Tosdal and Michael Feinberg, to apply their collective knowledge, experience and resources to ensure PG&E takes responsibility for the devastation it has caused. As a powerful legal team known as the Camp Fire Trial Lawyers, they also provide online resources with news, legal information, and updates for victims and their families.
Time is Running Out to File a Claim
Those impacted by the 2018 Camp Fire and 2017 North Bay Fires have until October 21, 2019 to file a claim against PG&E to seek compensation for their losses. If you have already retained the Camp Fire Trial Lawyers to represent you against PG&E for your losses, you team will file a claim on your behalf. If you are a wildfire victim and need assistance with your bankruptcy claim, we welcome you to contact us for help. There are only a few days left to file a claim against PG&E, so it’s important to call us at (530) 755-7810 as soon as possible. You can also find more information on our website www.campfiretriallawyers.com