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Firms are providing legal counsel and recovery support to advocate for residents’ rights during costly rebuilding process
SONOMA, Calif., October 30, 2017 — After what has been called the most devastating and deadly fire in California history, nationally recognized wildfire attorneys from Baron & Budd, Singleton Law Firm, and Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP have opened a Sonoma County office to provide fire victims in Sonoma and surrounding counties with information regarding their legal rights. The firms are providing counsel on insurance, how to find various forms of assistance and continuing their investigation of PG&E or other corporate entities that may have been responsible for starting the fires. Numerous residents have retained the firms to investigate the cause of the fire and litigate on their behalf if it is determined that a third party was responsible for the blaze.
There are many legal considerations fire victims need to know and evaluate as they seek to recover from fire damages. For example, initial investigations and early indications link fire damages to corporate negligence caused by PG&E, one of the largest gas and electric utility providers in the country serving more than 16 million people in Northern and Central California. Fire victims are also facing imbalances between estimated costs to rebuild their homes and the amount of coverage provided by their homeowners’ insurance policies; in many cases, this gap is significant, even for those that believe they have “complete” coverage, with significant underinsurance for landscaping, erosion and other types of damages.
According to Cal Fire, the Northern California fires have already claimed 42 lives, forced 100,000 residents to evacuate, and destroyed an estimated 8,400 structures. The Tubbs fire alone has been determined to be the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. By comparison, the 2015 Butte fires took two lives and destroyed more than 900 homes, businesses and other structures. Baron & Budd, Singleton Law Firm, and Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP are currently seeking to hold PG&E accountable for its role in the 2015 Butte fires.
“Our hearts are with the residents of Sonoma and Northern California during this time of recovery,” said Baron & Budd attorney John Fiske. “Our firms are actively advocating for residents, helping people understand their legal rights and providing support in any way we can, which includes investigating the cause of the fires. If PG&E is found to be a cause of or contributor to this disaster, the California Fire Lawyers believe we have an obligation to hold them accountable for their actions.”
The three firms, known collectively as the California Fire Lawyers, have hired investigators, experts and adjusters to expedite the recovery process for victims.
On October 16, the firms held an information session with more than 175 attendees. On October 19, the firms opened their Sonoma Office at 418 B Street, First floor, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. To inquire by phone, call 707-533-8128. Other information can be found online at www.CaliforniaFireLawyers.com.