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NORTH BAY FIRES – THE HISTORY OF PG&E’S DISREGARD OF MANDATED SAFETY PRACTICES
Richard Sax
October 2018

Beginning on October 8, 2017, residents and property owners in Sonoma , Mendocino, Santa Rosa, and Napa, Butte and Solano Counties were devastated by severe wildfires known as the Tubbs Fire, the Atlas Fire and the Nuns Fire (collectively, the “North Bay Fires”) which started when power lines, transformers, conductors, poles, insulators, reclosers, and/or other electrical equipment constructed, owned, operated, managed, and/or maintained by PG&E fell down, broke, failed, sparked, exploded, and/or came into contact with vegetation, all because of PG&E’s disregard of mandated safety practices and foreseeable hazardous risks associated with infrastructure.

On the following days, the North Bay Fires spread rapidly and caused extensive damage throughout Northern California, including populated neighborhoods and sprawling vineyards. The North Bay Fires claimed the lives of 44 individuals, displaced a massive number of people, burned over 245,000 acres, and destroyed thousands of homes and structures.

All of these devastating events, and many more resulted from PG&E’s long history of choosing to divert funds from its public safety, vegetation management, and/or infrastructure maintenance programs to instead line its own corporate pockets.

The North Bay Fires were an inevitable byproduct of PG&E’s willful and conscious disregard of public safety. Although mandated to do so, PG&E failed to identify, inspect, manage, and/or control vegetation growth near its power lines and/or other electrical equipment. This created a foreseeable danger of trees and/or other vegetation coming into contact with PG&E’s power lines and/or other electrical equipment and causing electrical problems. Further, PG&E failed to construct, manage, track, monitor, maintain, replace, repair, and/or improve its power lines, poles, transformers, conductors, insulators, reclosers, and/or other electrical equipment, despite being aware that its infrastructure was unsafe, aging, and/or vulnerable to environmental conditions.

PG&E knew about the significant risk of wildfires from its ineffective vegetation management programs, unsafe equipment, and/or aging infrastructure for decades before the North Bay Fires began, and has been repeatedly fined and/or convicted of crimes for failing to mitigate these risks starting in 1994 with the most recent charge in 2015.

If you have been affected by the worst wildfire in California history, dedicated wildfire litigation attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard Sax are here to help. Call 707-525-1824 or email richard@rsaxlaw.com for your initial free consultation.

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE LAWYERS
Richard Sax
October 2018

Local to the North Bay Area, our team of expert Northern California Fire Lawyers have represented clients in fire damage insurance cases for over 4 decades, making us the perfect team to represent you.

The North Bay Wildfire Devastation is the worst fire tragedy our state of California has ever seen. Thousands have been affected by the fires all across Sonoma, Napa, and Lake counties. Thousands of homes were damaged and even destroyed. Over a year later, our state is continuing to rebuild from this travesty.

As Northern California Fire Lawyers, we know that policyholders do not always have your best interests in mind. If you aren’t careful, they can try to minimize the compensation you receive for this tragic loss you have experienced.

No matter the case, our goal is to get you the true value of the compensation that you deserve. Our Northern California Fire Lawyers can help you at any stage of your fire damage insurance claim. We make sure that your rights are protected and that no company can take advantage of you in this dire time.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE LAWYERS HELPING YOU RECOVER YOUR LOSS:

It is never too late to talk with an attorney about your story. Even though the devastating wildfires occurred in 2017, your case still matters.

Let our Northern California Fire Lawyers help you recover from this tragedy. We offer legal help for anyone who has been affected by the North Bay Fires. 

FIRE DAMAGE INSURANCE CLAIMS – SONOMA COUNTY CALIFORNIA
Richard Sax
October 2018

The 2017 North Bay wildfires devastated the state of California, and many people still need help filing their fire damage insurance claims in Sonoma County California. Maybe your settlement isn’t enough, or maybe you believe that you are not getting the compensation you deserve from your insurance company. No matter the case, The Law Offices of Richard Sax can help you with your fire damage insurance claims in Sonoma County California and surrounding areas Napa County and Lake County.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY FIRE INSURANCE SETTLEMENT IS NOT ENOUGH?

You were so grateful that your home only sustained partial damage in the Santa Rosa fires, so you went ahead and filed a claim with your fire insurance provider only to find out now that either your claim has been denied or it is not enough to cover the repairs from fire damage. An attorney can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Whether you need help filing your claim from the start or pushing the claim through to get what you need in recompense, a skilled lawyer can help you with your claim.

WHAT IS INSURANCE COMPANY BAD FAITH?

Under the law of most jurisdictions in the United States and in California, insurance companies owe a duty of good faith and fair dealing to the persons they insure. This duty is often referred to as the “implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing” which automatically exists by operation of law in every insurance contract. If an insurance company violates that covenant, the insured person (or “policyholder”) may sue the company on a tort claim in addition to a standard breach of contract claim. In such a case, experienced litigator Richard Sax is there for you. With over 3 decades of experience as an attorney, he and his team of experts have the skills you need to fight for your rights.

IS IT TOO LATE TO CONTACT A FIRE DAMAGE INSURANCE CLAIMS ATTORNEY?

At the Law Offices of Richard Sax, we are always willing to take time to listen to your story and see how we can be of help. Putting together all your information and correspondence will be a great help at an initial consultation. Gather the following information to help us evaluate your situation:

Your insurance information

Any copies of correspondence and settlements

Any notes of phone conversations with your insurance company

Let us help you recover from this tragedy. If you need help filing your fire damage insurance claims in Sonoma County California, call The Law Office of Richard Sax at 707-525-1824 or email richard@rsaxlaw.com. Your initial consultation is free of charge.

TUBBS FIRE AND PARADISE CAMP FIRE
Richard Sax
December 2018

Greetings:

The Law Offices of Richard Sax are helping local citizens with all legal problems that have arisen out of the Tubbs Fire and Paradise Camp Fire.

My wife and I have personally been affected by the Paradise Camp Fire, we lost a home and have insurance related issues. We are passionate in helping others who have been affected by these fires.

If you have been affected by this travesty, we can help you process your fire damage insurance claim. Insurance companies do not always have your best interests in mind and may try to underpay your compensation.

          We represent homeowners in the following:

          1. Breach of Contract if your insurance company fails to pay money due and owing under your Homeowners Insurance Policy;

          2. For Negligent Underinsurance if the Insurance Company or Broker  underinsured your property;

          3. For Bad Faith if the insurance company delayed or withheld benefits unreasonably or without probably cause;

          4. PG&E for potential additional compensation.

The attorneys at the Law Office of Richard Sax have over 80 years of experience. We are not like a big law firm where your case is passed down from one junior lawyer to the next. Our office strives to give every one of our clients personal attention. We treat our clients with dignity and respect, giving their legal matters our undivided attention.

Our Law Office is also experienced in the areas of home mortgages and licensed contractor issues when you are faced with those problems.

I encourage you to visit our website at www.rsaxlaw.com and review our fire related blog posts.

If you need any help in these areas, or if you know of anyone who was affected, please give our office a call for a free consultation so that I can explain your legal rights to you. We look forward to helping you with these difficult problems.

With Warmest Regards,

Richard Sax

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