PG&E California Wildfires Victim Claims

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Deadline to File Your Wildfire Claim: December 20, 2019

The deadline to file a California wildfire claim has been extended through the end of the year. Victims of the deadly wildfires that swept through California in 2017, 2018, and 2019 have until December 20, 2019 to file claims for compensation. 

The California Supreme Court has determined that Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is responsible for certain California wildfires occurring from 2017 to 2019 and as a result has been ordered to pay restitution to wildfire victims.

Were you impacted by the devastating wildfires that ripped through California in 2017, 2018 and 2019? If you are a wildfire victim, you may be entitled to financial compensation to be set aside by PG&E, the utility company found liable in wildfires that killed 130 people and destroyed thousands of homes and structures. 

It is our expectation that a fund will be established and financial compensation distributed by a bankruptcy trustee as part of the PG&E bankruptcy proceedings. The potential payouts from these claims goes above and beyond individual insurance claims you may have received from your insurance company. 

You can still file a claim even if you filed a claim through your insurance agency but you need to file as soon as possible. The deadline to file has been extended, but terminates at the end of the year. 

Our deadline to file is December 20, 2019. Call 800-631-5656 today.

New research is showing as much as 60% of people affected by the PG&E California Wildfires have not submitted a claim to be compensated for their losses and damages. You have until the end of the year to file your claim. Don’t miss your opportunity to file a claim and be eligible for the financial compensation you deserve. 

Qualifying California Wildfires

People affected by the following California wildfires may be entitled to compensation to be set aside by power utility company PG&E: 

  • Atlas Fire (Napa and Solano Counties)
  • Camp Fire (Butte County)
  • Cascade Fire (Yuba County)
  • Cherokee Fire (Butte County)
  • Highway 37 Fire (Sonoma County)
  • Honey Fire (Butte County)
  • La Porte Fire (Butte County)
  • Lobo Fire (Nevada County)
  • Nuns Fire (Napa and Sonoma Counties)
  • Pocket Fire (Sonoma County)
  • Redwood Valley/Potter Fire (Mendocino County)
  • Sulphur Fire (Lake County)
  • Tubbs Fire (Sonoma and Napa Counties)

Qualifying Injuries

If you were a victim of a qualifying California wildfire, you may be entitled to financial compensation based on the following injuries: 

  • Acute injury requiring medical treatment
  • Chronic ongoing health problems
  • Personal property damage or loss
  • Business property damage or loss
  • Agricultural damage or loss
  • Psychological trauma
  • Inability to work or lost wages
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PG&E California Wildfire Litigation Updates

For additional litigation information, PG&E is maintaining a webpage dedicated to Wildfire Updates, including links to court documents relating to current wildfire litigation. You can access that webpage here

Wildfire Litigation Updates

Late 2017 and early 2018
Victims affected by deadly 2017 wildfires in Northern California begin filing lawsuits against power utility company PG&E
June 2018
PG&E found liable in 16 wildfires that torched Northern California in October 2017 and killed 44 people
November 2018
Victims of the 2018 Camp Fire sue PG&E for its failure to maintain infrastructure that caused the deadliest wildfire in state history to date
January 2019
PG&E announces plans to file for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy as it faces an estimated $30 billion in potential liability over deadly 2017 and 2018 wildfires; bankruptcy filing consolidates all wildfire claims in bankruptcy court
January 2019
California judge finds PG&E liable for certain 2017 and 2018 wildfires
May 2019
PG&E found liable in deadly 2018 Camp Fire that killed 86 people and destroyed more than 18,000 homes and structures; California judge approves PG&E plan to set up $100 million fund to help victims with urgent needs and extends company’s deadline to file Chap. 11 plan by 4 months
May 2019
State regulators sign off on PG&E’s plan to shut off power in extreme weather conditions in an effort to prevent more disastrous wildfires
June 2019
More than a dozen California municipalities agree to a $1 billion settlement of claims against PG&E for expenses incurred from years of wildfire damage, including the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 Northern California wildfires, and the 2018 Camp Fire
June 2019
Judge announces October 21, 2019 deadline for victims to file claims against PG&E; that deadline would later be extended to December 20, 2019
July 2019
California lawmakers set up a multi-billion-dollar wildfire insurance fund, forcing California utilities to funnel $21 billion into wildfire protection fund; PG&E’s Chap. 11 bankruptcy filing deadline set for June 30, 2020
August 2019
PG&E fights to maintain exclusivity in putting forth Chap. 11 plan after insurers and PG&E bondholders propose their own plans; California judge ultimately grants PG&E exclusivity, but rescinds it two months later
August 2019
PG&E begins accepting applications from victims of 2017 Northern California Wildfires and 2018 Camp Fire; victims entitled to initial $5,000 payment with potential for additional payments from established $105 million fund
August 2019
California judge lifts stay on claims stemming from 2017 Tubbs Fire implemented after PG&E’s bankruptcy filing, allowing trials to move forward
September 2019
PG&E proposes to set aside $16.9 billion for wildfire claims as part of its Chap. 11 plan, well below the estimated $30 billion in liability
September 2019
Insurance companies reach $11 billion deal with PG&E to settle roughly 85% of wildfire claims; PG&E bondholders and wildfire victims team up to propose their own Chap. 11 plan that would set aside up to $24 billion for victims
September 2019
First trial in Tubbs Fire Litigation set for Jan. 7, 2020
October 2019
California judge terminates PG&E’s Chap. 11 plan exclusivity, paving the way for other plans to move forward; PG&E bondholders file rival Chap. 11 plan which allows for an additional $6 billion in potential compensation for fire victims as compared to the PG&E plan
October 2019
The deadline to file wildfire claims is extended to December 20, 2019