PG&E Acknowledges Their Liability for San Bruno Disaster
A company brief even suggested some of the actions of the victims may have contributed to the gas line explosion. The company denies any intent to implicate the victims in the disaster.
Yet people in the legal community remain suspicious of the company’s motives. Some feel that this public statement may be more tactical that sentimental. Around 300 San Bruno explosion victims have filed lawsuits against the company. There is speculation among the legal community that the company’s acknowledgement has more to do with trying to limit an award of punitive damages than an attempt to clarify their position. Although actual damages for the PG&E gas explosion could cost the company millions, punitive damages could be much higher.
There are other reasons for people to be suspicious about the timing of the company’s admission of liability. In September, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a 140-page report summarizing their findings about the blast.
In the report, the NTSB described a company that appeared to take an apathetic approach to safety. The report found deficiencies in PG&E’s operational structure that extended over 50 years. From failed recordkeeping to improper testing, the company was repeatedly criticized by the safety board for their practices.
Victims of the San Bruno fire are still wrestling with the consequences of the blast over a year later. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of the explosion, you should speak with an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney who is familiar with the disaster and can review your options with you.