PG&E recently settled two civil claims with six counties in Northern California, including settlements for Dixie Fire victims. To speed up the claims process, they launched a Direct Payments for Community Recovery Program with the goal of paying victims within 75 days of claim submission.
Although you can complete the claim form yourself online, it is wise to consult an attorney. The Dixie Fire attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen can help you navigate the process and ensure you receive fair compensation for your losses.
What Caused the Dixie Fire?
In 2021, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) revealed that wires owned by electric utility provider Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) were responsible for the Dixie Fire. In fact, PG&E was negligent in maintaining the vegetation around said wires, which allowed live wires to encounter dry vegetation, thereby sparking the fire.
The lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen believe in holding PG&E accountable for their careless actions. We will help you seek justice and fair compensation for your Dixie Fire losses.
How Big Was the Dixie Fire?
Between July and October 2021, the Dixie Fire ravaged 963,309 acres in Northern California. The fire devastated local communities, incinerating over a thousand structures, killing trees and livestock, and causing at least one human fatality. All told, Dixie Fire victims lost billions of dollars to the fire.
Can I Still Sue PG&E for My Dixie Fire Losses?
Yes. The settlement between the Northern California counties and PG&E was in lieu of criminal charges. It does not prevent you from seeking compensation through your own civil lawsuit. Since there are limits on the types of damages you can claim for the above settlement, it may be in your best interests to speak with an attorney about filing a lawsuit to recoup your losses.
A Dixie Fire attorney at Nadrich & Cohen will know about the latest legal developments and how they may affect your claim. They will also help you determine whether you can seek additional compensation for damages you incurred as a result of the Dixie Fire.
Can I Claim All the Damages I Incurred in the Dixie Fire?
You may be eligible for different types of compensation depending on the specifics of your Dixie Fire claim. Damages you may be able to seek include:
- Structure and property replacement value
- Personal property
- Lost income
- Evacuation and associated living costs
- Reduced property value
- Mental anguish
- Loss or interruption of business
- Loss of crops, livestock, and trees
- Medical costs
- Loss of a loved one, including burial and funeral costs
While your insurance and PG&E may pay some of these losses, you may need to seek additional compensation to make you whole.
How do I Sue PG&E for My Losses in the Dixie Fire?
According to CONS § 1.19, fire victims can seek compensation for losses they incurred due to fires caused by negligent utility companies. Nadrich & Cohen can help you sue PG&E for your Dixie Fire losses.
There is little doubt that PG&E failed to properly prune trees and other vegetation near the power lines that started the Dixie Fire. We believe you deserve compensation for everything you lost due to PG&E’s failure to maintain their power lines and nearby vegetation. Our goal is to ensure that PG&E is held fully responsible for its negligence.
Will My Insurance Coverage Affect My Dixie Fire Settlement?
Your insurance company may cover some of your material losses from the Dixie Fire, depending on your policy. However, such insurance policies rarely cover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of companionship. In addition, your policy may not cover other expenses associated with inflation and supply chain disruptions.
PG&E’s Direct Payment plan is designed to cover those losses not covered by insurance. There are strict eligibility requirements and limitations on the losses you can claim, which can restrict the total compensation you receive.
Although you may be able to obtain a portion of your losses through your insurance company and PG&E Direct Payment, you may want to speak with an attorney before you submit a claim to either. Both entities may be motivated to offer as little as possible, which can leave you without adequate compensation. Our lawyers will know how to present a claim to help maximize your payout.
What if I Can’t Afford an Attorney to Represent Me Against PG&E?
The attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen represent Dixie Fire victims on contingency, meaning that you pay no fees or costs up front. Once we reach a settlement with PG&E, we retain a percentage of the final recovery. In addition, we offer a free initial case evaluation, so you have all the information you need before you decide to move forward with your claim.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Dixie Fire Claim?
The law doesn’t require you to have a lawyer to help you file a claim with your insurance or PG&E. However, we recommend you consult an attorney familiar with the Dixie Fire before you submit your claim. An attorney from Nadrich & Cohen can analyze your claim and make sure you do not leave money on the table. We will work to hold PG&E accountable while seeking the compensation you deserve.
Contact Nadrich & Cohen to Learn More About Filing a Dixie Fire Case
Nadrich & Cohen is no stranger to PG&E wildfire claims. We have represented victims of many California fires against PG&E, and we are not afraid to aggressively pursue fair compensation on your behalf. In fact, we currently represent thousands of Dixie Fire, Camp Fire, Zogg Fire, and Kincade Fire victims.
We strongly believe that PG&E’s negligence should be answered with real consequences. Reach out to us to see how we can help with your Dixie Fire claim. The first consultation is free.