Public Utility Accidents & Litigation
Public utility companies have a duty to ensure the safety of the people living in the areas they serve, and when they fail to meet that duty, they can put the health and lives of millions of people at risk. Gas, electricity, water and other public utility companies may not inform you of their mistakes; it is up to you to know your legal rights.
If you’ve suffered health problems, financial setbacks or other personal injury due to the negligence of a public utility company, you may be able to pursue a legal claim, either as an individual or through a class action lawsuit. The attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas understand complex local, state and federal utility regulations, and we can determine the best strategies to hold negligent public utility companies accountable. Recently, our firm has:
- Filed a class action on behalf of 188,000 people who were forced to evacuate their homes when an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam began to fail. Thelawsuit alleges that the California Department of Water Resources failed to maintain the spillway, which could have had devastating consequences for nearby residents.
- Filed a lawsuit on behalf of victims of the 2017 Northern California wildfires against several defendants, including Pacific Gas & Electric, whose inadequately maintained powerlines ignited several fires that exacerbated the ongoing blaze.
- Represented three families who suffered serious health issues allegedly due to a toxic gas leak in Porter Ranch, CA. Southern California Gas Company and Sempra Energy failed to inform residents about the leak in a timely manner, causing them to suffer health problems and forcing families to relocate.
If a gas, electricity, water or other public utility company has treated you unfairly or caused you harm, it is important that you explore your legal options. McNicholas & McNicholas attorneys draw on their decades of litigation experience to ensure that clients get the best possible outcome in public utility matters. Contact us today for a free consultation at 310-474-1582.