Morris Law Firm Is Investigating Liability for Wildfires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley
In early October 2017, a series of wildfires erupted in Northern California, likely due to downed power lines. Strong winds and a lack of rain caused these fires to spread quickly through Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley, devastating the communities in their path. Thousands of families evacuated the area while the governor of California declared a state of emergency. Efforts to control these blazes have made some progress, but fires continue to burn throughout the region. To date, more than 3,500 homes have been damaged or lost, while at least 40 people have been killed and hundreds more have been injured by the Northern California fires.
In the devastating aftermath of the fires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Napa Valley, many residents want answers about how these fires started and why they spread so quickly. Morris Law Firm is currently investigating whether poorly maintained Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) equipment is to blame for the wild fires. PG&E is responsible for many of the power lines and transformers in the area; according to many reports, fallen lines may have sparked some or all of the fires. If the Northern California fires affected your home and/or loved ones, then contact us today. We can investigate your situation and advise you of your legal options.
How Did the Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley Fires Start and Who Is to Blame?
Just before the outbreak of the wildfires in Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley, California emergency crews responded to several reports of downed power lines and transformer explosions. The sparks from these events may have ignited nearby brush, which was dry due to a lack of rain.
PG&E issued a statement saying that “hurricane-force” winds damaged this equipment. However, some reports suggest that the wind speed was much lower when the power lines fell and only increased to hurricane conditions later. This raises questions about the safety and maintenance of this electrical equipment. Additionally, PG&E has a long history of neglecting its infrastructure and equipment. In fact, the company was responsible for four of the 20 largest wild fires in California history.
For these reasons, the personal injury attorneys at Morris Law Firm are currently investigating the Northern California fires. If negligence by PG&E is to blame, then victims and their families may be entitled to compensation from the company.
What Should I Do If I Lost a Loved One Due to the Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa Valley Fires?
If you lost loved ones, sustained injuries or lost your home due to these fires, then you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Our personal injury attorneys are currently investigating whether PG&E may be liable for these blazes. Contact Us immediately for a free consulatation!
Who is Eligible for a Lawsuit?
If you meet at least one of the following criteria, you may be eligible for a lawsuit:
- You or a loved one were injured by the fires.
- Your house was damaged by the fires.
- Your business was damaged by the fires.
Contact a Wildfire Lawsuit Attorney for the Northern California Wildfires
Contact Morris Law Firm for a free, no-risk case evaluation. Call us today at 747-283-1144 or fill out the free case evaluation form.