Lose Your Home or a Loved One Due to the Northern California Fires?
Our Law Firm Is Investigating Liability for Wildfires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley
Late on Sunday October 8, 2017, a series of wildfires erupted in Northern California, likely due to downed power lines. Strong winds and a lack of rain caused these fires to spread quickly through Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley, devastating the communities in their path. Thousands of families evacuated the area while the governor of California declared a state of emergency. Efforts to control these blazes have made some progress, but fires continue to burn throughout the region. To date, more than 3,500 homes have been damaged or lost, while at least 40 people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured by the Northern California fires.
In the devastating aftermath of the fires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa Valley, many residents want answers about how these fires started and why they spread so quickly. Mary Alexander & Associates has partnered with Mark P. Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. to investigate whether poorly maintained PG&E equipment is to blame for the wild fires. PG&E is responsible for many of the power lines and transformers in the area; according to many reports, fallen lines may have sparked some or all of the fires. If the Northern California fires affected your home and/or loved ones, then contact us today. We can investigate your situation and advise you of your legal options.
UPDATE: Mary Alexander & Associates Files Lawsuits Against PG&E
Mary Alexander & Associates is representing about 30 victims of the California wildfires that swept through Wine Country in October. Our attorneys filed suit against PG&E for gross negligence in neglecting their equipment and allowing dangerous conditions to persist near power lines. Notably, the company failed to clear vegetation and brush from around their lines. Additionally, we will argue that PG&E knew that a fire was probable if a downed power line came into contact with this vegetation. Considering the drought conditions, the company knew or should have known that such a fire would likely be deadly.
During a press conference about this case, attorney Mary Alexander stated that, over the past 10 years, PG&E has “been subject to numerous fines and penalties for failure to abide by safety rules and regulations…. [Nevertheless,] they have failed and refused to modify their behavior.”
Additionally, we are now partnering with attorney Mark Robinson of Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. on these cases. Mark is an experienced trial lawyer who, like attorney Mary Alexander, has handled fire-related cases in the past.
For the most up to date news about these claims, contact our law firm today.
How Did the Northern California Fires Start and Who Is to Blame?
Just before the outbreak of the wildfires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley, California emergency crews responded to several reports of downed power lines and transformer explosions. The sparks from these events may have ignited nearby brush, which was dry due to a lack of rain.
PG&E issued a statement saying that “hurricane-force” winds damaged this equipment. However, some reports suggest that the wind speed was much lower when the power lines fell and only increased to hurricane conditions later. This raises questions about the safety and maintenance of this electrical equipment. Additionally, PG&E has a long history of neglecting its infrastructure and equipment. In fact, the company was responsible for four of the 20 largest wild fires in California history.
For these reasons, the personal injury attorneys at Mary Alexander & Associates are currently investigating the Northern California fires. If negligence by PG&E is to blame, then victims and their families may be entitled to compensation from the company.
What Should I Do If I Lost a Loved One Due to the Fires?
The damage caused by the fires in Northern California is catastrophic. The Tubbs fire in Sonoma County alone has caused as many as 44 deaths. The Atlas fire in Napa County has destroyed over 50,000 acres, while the Cherokee and Nuns fires also threaten thousands of homes. Additionally, several other fires continue to burn as well.
If you lost loved ones, sustained injuries or lost your home due to these fires, then you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Our San Francisco personal injury attorneys are currently investigating whether PG&E may be liable for these blazes.
At Mary Alexander & Associates, we work diligently for injury victims and have experience with complex cases involving fires. Currently, we are representing victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland. We also offer free initial consultations so that you can get answers to your legal questions, free of charge. Contact us today for the most up-to-date information regarding our investigation and your possible legal options.
Need More Info About Liability for the Northern California Fires? Call Us Now
Mary Alexander & Associates is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa Valley Fires. Call 415-496-0089 or contact us online to learn whether you may have grounds for a claim against PG&E or another party.