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Plaintiff Steering Committee Representative for 2017 Northern California Fires

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If you or a loved one has been affected by a disaster caused by a public utility accident, contact McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP now. We currently represent:

  • Over 200 homeowners who lost their homes in the 2017 Creek Fires that destroyed 15,619 acres over the span of 10 days.                                                                                    
  • Residents who lost their homes and/or loved ones in the Wine Country wildfires, including the Tubbs, Pocket, Atlas, Nuns and Patrick fires.                                                                                    
  • Victims of the January 2018 Montecito Mudslides.                         
  • Families who suffered severe health issues from the 2015 SoCalGas leak in Porter Ranch.                                                     
  • Residents who were forced to evacuate when the Oroville spillway, the tallest dam in the U.S., began to fail in 2017.                                                    
  • Residents who lost homes and/or loved ones in the Paradise Camp Fires.                                                                                                   
  • Families who lost their homes and were forced to evacuate in the Woolsey Fire.

McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP currently represents more than 2,000 homeowners in Northern and Southern California for deaths and property loss spawning from the 2018 Montecito mudslides and the 2017 and 2018 Northern and Southern California fires. Patrick McNicholas is on the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the 2017 Northern California fires and Matthew McNicholas is on the Plaintiff Executive Committee for the 2017 Southern California fires. 

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.

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Getting Justice for Victims of Wildfires & Mudslides

What Wildfire Victims Need to Know About Recovering Losses

Even if you have homeowner’s insurance, it might not be enough to cover your losses. A sad fact discovered by many fire victims is that after reconstructing or repairing their property, the insurance proceeds do not fully compensate them for the damages they suffered, including the cost of rebuilding their home or replacing their personal property and landscaping. In many cases, replacement costs are 2 to 3 times greater than the amount allocated for in the insurance policy.

In addition to underinsured economic damages, claims can also be made for uninsured damages, such as the destruction of agricultural crops, vegetation and residential landscaping, which have successfully recovered in past fire cases.

If you are the victim of a California wildfire, let us fight for you! It is critical to understand your situation and retain highly experienced legal counsel to protect your rights and maximize your recovery. For more information and to schedule your personal, no-cost consultation, please call us at 310-474-1582.

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Patrick McNicholas
Partner and Plaintiff's Executive Committee Representative for Southern California Fires
John P. McNicholas
Partner
Juan C. Victoria
Senior Lawyer
Courtney C. McNicholas
Senior Lawyer

Gas, electricity, water and other public utility companies may not inform you of their mistakes that can put the health and lives of millions of people at risk. It’s up to you to know your legal rights when it comes to the disasters caused by these mistakes. 

If you’ve suffered health problems, financial setbacks or other personal injuries 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, LLP understand complex local, state and federal utility regulations, and we can determine the best strategies to hold negligent public utility companies accountable. 

Getting Justice for Victims of Wildfires

Matthew S. McNicholas
Partner and Plaintiff's Executive Committee Representative for Southern California Fires
Patrick McNicholas
Partner and Plaintiff's Steering Committee Representative for Northern California Fires

The Camp Fire in Paradise, California is now the State’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire, claiming the lives of at least 85 individuals, destroying more than 500 businesses and nearly 14,000 homes, leaving thousands homeless.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has burned nearly 100,000 acres, claiming the lives of three people and causing thousands of people to flee their homes for safety.

With injuries and deaths still rising and unsafe conditions making areas of the state unrecognizable, the road to recovery will be a long, hard-fought battle. While environmental factors, such as record temperatures with less than normal precipitation this year created favorable conditions for igniting fires – the actual cause of these fires remain unknown.

McNicholas and McNicholas, LLP currently represents 2,000 clients throughout the State to recover fire damages caused by wildfires. We’re investigating the origin of these devastating and deadly wildfires, and will provide updates once more is known.

Attorneys with trial law firms McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP, Frantz Law Group, APLC and Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian, representing victims of the Camp/Paradise and Woolsey Fires in lawsuits against Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Edison Company, are hosting several public informational meetings to discuss victims’ rights and remedies, insurance coverage and steps toward rebuilding. Anyone affected by the Camp/Paradise and Woolsey Fires are welcome to attend.


 

 

Have you been affected by a wildfire or other disaster caused by a public utility accident?

When electricity, natural gas, and water companies fail to meet the standards required of public utilities, they can put thousands of people at risk of disasters, such as wildfires, gas leaks, and floods.

If you or someone you know was a victim of a public utility accident resulting in a wildfire or gas leak, contact us for a free consultation on your case. If so, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for:

1. Personal injury

2. Personal property damage

3. Damage or loss of residential structures

4. Cost of evacuation

5. Loss of earnings

Here's What We Know:

According to filings with the state regulatory commission, minutes before the deadly Camp and Woolsey fires started in Northern and Southern California on November 8, 2018, utilities reported problems with electricity lines in the same areas where the blazes sprang up.

A report from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to the California Public Utilities Commission described an outage on one of its transmission lines at Pulga Road in Butte County, at 6:15 a.m. local time. For comparison, Cal Fire says the Camp fire began at 6:33 a.m. on Pulga Road.

A report from Southern California Edison (SCE) to the California Public Utilities Commission detailed that a 16 kV circuit at its Chatsworth substation near E Street and Alfa Road in Ventura County had relayed at 2:22 p.m., two minutes before Cal Fire says the Woolsey fire started.

At least two days before the fires started, both PG&E and SCE warned customers that dangerous weather — high winds, combined with very dry conditions — could cause power outages; they also warned that they might be forced to turn off power in parts of their systems because of safety concerns. However, on November 8, 2018, neither company took the appropriate steps in accordance with their warnings.

PG&E announced that it would not proceed with plans to shut off power on November 8 to areas that were previously determined to be a potential safety risk, including part of Butte, Lake, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sonoma, and Yuba counties.

Despite warnings that roughly 74,000 customers in high fire risk areas were notified of possible power shutoffs, SCE didn't cut off power to any customers until after 7 p.m. on November 8, when it shut off electricity to eight customers on Little Tujunga Canyon Road in the Santa Clarita and Sylmar areas.

If you have any information on how the Camp and/or Woolsey fires started, please call 310.474.1582.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a disaster caused by a public utility accident, contact McNicholas & McNicholas LLP now. We currently represent:

• Over 200 homeowners who lost their homes in the 2017 Creek Fires that destroyed 15,619 acres over the span of 10 days.                         

• Residents who lost their homes and/or loved ones in the Wine Country wildfires, including the Tubbs, Pocket, Atlas, Nuns and Patrick fires.      

• Victims of the January 2018 Montecito Mudslides.                         

• Families who suffered severe health issues from the 2015 SoCalGas leak in Porter Ranch.  

• Residents who were forced to evacuate when the Oroville spillway, the tallest dam in the U.S., began to fail in 2017.             

• Residents who lost homes and/or loved ones in the Paradise Camp Fires.                               

• Families who lost their homes and were forced to evacuate in the Woolsey Fire.

McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP currently represents more than 2,000 homeowners in Northern and Southern California for deaths and property loss spawning from the 2018 Montecito mudslides and the 2017 and 2018 Northern and Southern California fires. Patrick McNicholas is on the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the 2017 Northern California fires and Matthew McNicholas is on the Plaintiff Executive Committee for the 2017 Southern California fires. 

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.

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