Can I File a Lawsuit Against PG&E for the Dixie Fire?

Can I File a Lawsuit Against PG&E for the Dixie Fire?

According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the Dixie Fire is the second-largest wildfire in California history. The blaze is responsible for more than 900,000 acres of destruction across five counties, including the loss of more than 13,000 structures. 

If you lost your home or business, sustained property damage, or suffered an injury, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) may owe you compensation. You can file a lawsuit against PG&E for the Dixie Fire. An attorney with Nadrich & Cohen can help you file a Dixie Fire lawsuit

PG&E Electrical Lines Started the Dixie Fire

The Dixie Fire started on July 12, 2021, and would burn until late October. It devastated 963,309 acres, destroyed 13,329 structures, and damaged another 95 structures. 

In January 2022, after a “meticulous and thorough investigation,” CAL FIRE issued a press release stating the fire started west of Cresta Dam when a tree came into contact with electrical lines owned and operated by PG&E. PG&E has already agreed to pay a settlement for damages to the affected counties. 

Though the company admits no wrongdoing, it is believed that PG&E’s negligent vegetation management, lack of equipment inspections, and delays in reporting the initial blaze caused the Dixie Fire and contributed to its severity. If you suffered physical injury or property losses during the wildfire, you can file a lawsuit or claim against PG&E for Dixie Fire damages. 

The Dixie Fire Devastated Greenville and Surrounding Communities

The Dixie Fire caused damage to multiple communities in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta, and Tehama counties in northern California. The fire forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes and ultimately burned much of historic Greenville. According to the U.S. Forest Service, other affected communities include:

  • Jonesville
  • Crescent Mills
  • Taylorville 
  • Prattville
  • Butte Meadows
  • Bucks Lake
  • Meadows Valley 
  • Rush Creek
  • Warner Valley 
  • Pecks Valley
  • Williams Valley 
  • Hunt Canyon
  • Susanville
  • Janesville
  • The Greater Almanor area

Unlike some firms handling Dixie Fire lawsuits, we are located in California, with offices in Susanville in Lassen County and Quincy in Plumas County. This means our team is accessible and can meet with you in person. Our wildfire lawyers have helped previous clients file claims against PG&E for the Butte County Fire (2015), Wine Country Fire (2017), Camp Fire (2018), and Kincade Fire (2019).

Our Attorneys Can Pursue Compensation for Your Dixie Fire Injuries and Damages

You may qualify for Dixie Fire damages under a legal principle known as inverse condemnation. According to the League of California Cities, inverse condemnation allows property owners to pursue compensation if a public use, such as a utility, causes damage to their property. Our attorneys can seek compensation from PG&E for:

  • Past and future medical expenses related to the fire
  • The cost of repairing or replacing your home and property
  • The cost of repairing or replacing your business
  • The cost of repairing or replacing personal property and belongings
  • Land depreciation value
  • Lost business or business interruption
  • Lost crops or livestock
  • Lost vehicles
  • Lost farming equipment
  • Lost wages, benefits, and earnings, including the loss of future earning capacity
  • Evacuation expenses
  • Pain and suffering, including physical harm, mental anguish, and emotional distress
  • Wrongful death due to fire-related injuries
  • Losses resulting from a mudslide or other land damage caused by the fire

To help secure fair compensation for your damages, you should make a detailed list of your losses (including all damaged property and possessions) and submit this information to your insurance company. You should also keep a record of your fire-related injuries and out-of-pocket expenses.  

You may be able to recover some of your losses through your property insurer. However, the cost of building materials, labor, and consumer goods continue to climb, and you may find your insurance settlement does not cover all of your losses. We can help you seek additional damages with a lawsuit against PG&E for the Dixie Fire. 

PG&E Has Already Settled Fire Cases for Millions of Dollars

According to PBS NewsHour, fire investigators blame PG&E for more than 30 wildfires since 2017. The utility has already paid fire victims more than $25 billion in settlements, including a $55 million settlement to the counties harmed in the Dixie Fire. 

If you suffered injuries or damages in the Dixie Fire or another fire caused by PG&E, you might qualify for financial awards. In addition, we can help you file a claim or lawsuit against PG&E. 

How Our Dixie Fire Attorneys Will Help with Your Case

Taking on a large utility company may seem daunting, especially when trying to rebuild your life after sustaining an injury or losing your home or business. Luckily, you do not have to take on PG&E alone. Our Dixie Fire lawyers will:

  • File your claim or lawsuit
  • Assist with identifying and calculating your fire-related losses
  • Speak with your doctor (with permission) about your fire-related injury, expected future medical needs, and the effect of your injury on your quality of life. 
  • Obtain pay stubs, bills, receipts, and other proof of damages
  • Collect evidence proving your injury or damages resulted from the Dixie Fire, including photographs, video footage, and eyewitness statements
  • Fight for the maximum compensation available to you during settlement negotiations
  • File a lawsuit against PG&E for the Dixie Fire if necessary

In our 30-plus years in practice, our firm has helped thousands of clients recover compensation. We have won case victories against Fortune 500 companies and nationwide insurance agencies, and we will not back down from facing PG&E. 

Do not wait too long to start on your case. According to  CA Civ Pro Code § 335.1, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in California is two years. 

Learn More About Your Claim by Contacting Our Dixie Fire Lawyers Today

The legal team at Nadrich & Cohen can be a powerful ally for you and your family. We will fight for the awards you need to recover from your injuries, replace your home or business, and regain your financial stability. To learn more, call us for a no-obligation case review.