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Free Legal Consultations for Victims of the Northern California Wildfires

We have joined forces with 4 of The Nation's Leading Personal Injury Law Firms who are Working To Investigate PG&E's Conduct.

As wildfires continue to burn out of control in Northern California, five of the state's most prestigious law firms have united to form one of the most powerful legal teams ever assembled. Their purpose is to ensure that families and businesses affected by these catastrophic fires are given a strong voice and that those responsible for their losses are held accountable.

To ensure a quality investigation and superior representation for our clients and to protect them from "scam artists" and out-of-state attorneys seeking to profit from their misery, we have formed a consortium of the best injury and property damage firms in the state to jointly prosecute actions on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to achieve individualized compensation for our clients.

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We have a long history of successfully litigating against PG&E

Abbey, Weitzenbeg, Warren & Emery PC, has been a member of this community for over 90 years with a local, invested team right here in Sonoma County. We are dedicated to working diligently for you in order to restore our neighborhoods and community.

Free Consultation

This consultation is free, and there is no contract whatsoever required. We are happy to talk about the basics of homeowner's fire insurance coverage, or to review your specific policy to help you understand the limits and rights that apply. We also have a Frequently Asked Questions about fire insurance.

We encourage all survivors of the fires to apply for FEMA relief as well. We also encourage all survivors that need assistance to apply for Wildfire Relief Funds through the United Way.

Northern California Forest Fires

We at Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery want to take this opportunity to express our sincerest condolences to those who have been directly impacted by the historic and tragic fires that have swept through our community recently. Given the great sense of community for which Santa Rosa is known, it is no surprise that aid efforts, from first responders to those involved in providing shelter, food and clothing, have been so timely and generous. We also want to thank all of you who have inquired of our safety, and provided your best wishes through this ordeal.

A number of members of the Abbey Weitzenberg family have lost their homes, many were evacuated, and we are all impacted in some way by this disaster. We are back at full strength, and remain available to assist all of the firm's clients with their pending and future legal needs. Our Firm has sponsored informational town hall meetings following the fires to provide information to those who lost their homes about how best to handle first party insurance claims. Our community at large remains strong and determined and we are here - and will remain - as we have for the past 90+ years.

Free Consultations

We also have decades of experience dealing with insurance carriers. For those who need assistance interpreting their insurance contracts, and understanding what benefits are available, and how to achieve those, we are offering free legal assistance. Please contact us at (707)542-5050 or contact us online and let us know that you are interested in the pro bono insurance consultation we are offering.

This consultation is free, and there is no contract whatsoever required. We are happy to talk about the basics of homeowner's fire insurance coverage, or to review your specific policy to help you understand the limits and rights that apply. We also have a Frequently Asked Questions about fire insurance.

We encourage all survivors of the fires to apply for FEMA relief as well. We also encourage all survivors that need assistance to apply for Wildfire Relief Funds through the United Way.

What About Lawsuits?

Some people are asking whether there is fault on PG&E's part for the fires. At this early stage, we are actively investigating the issue of PG&E fault. Even though weather played a role in the spread of these fires, and even though it early in the investigation, we believe it is likely that PG&E will be found liable for at least some part of the harm. For those who are interested, we are able to provide information, legal advice, and representation related to these liability issues.

Why Does Anyone Think PG&E Is At Fault?

Some people point out that weather conditions were a huge factor in the spread of the fires. However, weather alone does not explain the origin of the fires. 90% of all wildfires are caused by humans - whether arson, old cigarettes, or power lines.

Historically, a number of devastating wildfires have been found to originate from poorly maintained power lines. That is probably why Morgan Stanley and others project a 75% probability that PG&E will ultimately be found at fault for the North Bay fires.

PG&E, as a regulated utility, is charged with the responsibility for maintaining its poles, distribution lines, transformers, and recloser devices in a manner specified by the CPUC General Order 95. PG&E's poles must be engineered and maintained in a way that allows them to carry electricity safely. They are engineered to withstand winds of 56 miles per hour (in light loading zones), multiplied by a safety factor that means they should actually withstand much higher winds. PG&E is responsible for trimming back vegetation around its lines, and looking out for dead or compromised trees that might fall on its lines. In short, power lines are dangerous and our state's regulations require PG&E to do regular maintenance and inspections to make sure its poles and lines can operate safely even when Mother Nature acts up.

We have spearheaded past litigation against PG&E for its failures to properly maintain its equipment, and we've seen instances where money was siphoned away from maintenance into profits, or where PG&E allowed maintenance to fall through the cracks.

In the end, lawsuits exist to create accountability. Those responsible for causing the fires should compensate those harmed. Our firm has a long history representing clients in cases for fire-related financial loss, physical injury, and wrongful death against PG&E.

We have joined forces with 4 of The Nation's Leading Personal Injury Law Firms who are Working To Investigate PG&E's Conduct.

As wildfires continue to burn out of control in Northern California, five of the state's most prestigious law firms have united to form one of the most powerful legal teams ever assembled. Their purpose is to ensure that families and businesses affected by these catastrophic fires are given a strong voice and that those responsible for their losses are held accountable.

To ensure a quality investigation and superior representation for our clients and to protect them from "scam artists" and out-of-state attorneys seeking to profit from their misery, we have formed a consortium of the best injury and property damage firms in the state to jointly prosecute actions on behalf of our clients. Our goal is to achieve individualized compensation for our clients.

The attorneys at Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery, PC, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, and Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP have come together to prosecute claims of negligence against those who have caused this devastating loss, the deaths of over 40 people, the displacement of tens-of-thousands more, and the loss of thousands of homes, businesses and structures.

Abbey, Weitzenbeg, Warren & Emery PC, has been a member of this community for over 90 years and are located in Santa Rosa, We have a long history of successfully litigating against PG&E. We have a local, invested team right here in Sonoma County dedicated to work diligently for you to restore our neighborhoods and community.

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, based in San Francisco, has successfully prosecuted PG&E as a result of transformer fires, power line failures and transformer explosions. Senior partner Michael A Kelly served as lead counsel in injury lawsuits arising from a series of transformer explosions in San Francisco's financial district, and has litigated multiple utility transmission line fire cases resulting in serious burns and amputation injuries. Partner Khaldoun Baghdadi is currently prosecuting a case against PG&E stemming from their failure to maintain proper power line clearance, and has handled a number of fire cases which resulted in catastrophic harm to people and their property. Members of the firm have both family and homes in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. The firm has been involved in representing the citizens of those communities for more than 55 years.

Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy has won numerous multi-million dollar cases against PG&E.

Panish Shea & Boyle LLP and Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP prosecuted PG&E following the San Bruno Gas Explosion in 2010 that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes after a natural gas pipeline sent a giant plume of fire into the air. As a result of the explosion, PG&E paid in excess of $2 billion in fines and civil settlements.

Early Fire Calls Highlighted PG&E Involvement

Investigation indicates multiple calls of electric malfunctions between 9:20 PM and 11:00 PM. Review of 911 dispatch calls between 9:22 PM and 9:55 PM on the night of October 8, shows multiple calls were made to report electrical malfunction's. At 9:24, a transformer explosion at Fulton Road and old Redwood Highway was reported. Within 5 minutes a structure fire as a result of the transformer explosion was reported. At 9:31, a structure fire on Orange Avenue in Santa Rosa was reported in connection with a tree down and the wires down. By 9:48, multiple fires had been reported. Between 9:51 PM and 10:20 PM, PG&E verified wires down in Geyserville. At 10:20, and arcing transformer was reported on Beaver Street. By 11 PM, the Nuns fire was reported. By 11 PM, the Atlas Peak fire was nearly out of control.

PG&E "outage detail reports" for Santa Rosa tell a similar story. At 9:32 PM on October 8, field personnel found a downed power line in Santa Rosa on Redwood Highway. At 9:59 PM, a transformer overload was reported in the Santa Rosa Alta Vista neighborhood near Hillside and Opal Hill Drive. And 1:45 AM, PG&E field personnel found a downed power line in Santa Rosa at Montecito Avenue near Alta Vista Avenue. PG&E is required to keep and maintain records of outages and malfunction calls, and a "preservation letter" has been sent on behalf of wine country fire victims to make certain that all evidence is retained and preserved according to state law requirements.

PG&E Is Already Building Its Defense

PG&E has already started making excuses and preparing its defense based upon false pretenses. For example, PG&E stated it was hurricane strength winds, and not company negligence, that led to downed power lines on October 8 when the fire began. However, Saratoga meteorologist Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services noted that while winds were strong, they were not "hurricane force" and had been surpassed in previous storms. A Santa Rosa weather station showed wind speeds at the time of the fire also do not support the utility company's statement.

PG&E, the giant San-Francisco-based utility company, has a history of noncompliance with state law in failing to do its due diligence to properly maintain equipment and adequately cut back trees from existing power lines in order to reduce the potential risk of fire. That is why PG&E is once again under investigation having received a letter from the California Public Utilities Commission instructing the utility to preserve broken power poles and electrical conductors that may serve as evidence in the state's fire investigation.

Fountaingrove Fire

Our attorneys are representing victims of the Fountaingrove fire, which moved rapidly from the east to the west, with a wall of fire destroying hundreds of homes on the night of October 8 and throughout the day on Monday, October 9. City blocks were incinerated destroying homes, furnishings, possessions, memories, vehicles, shelters, and lives. Named the Tubbs fire, the conflagration came close to destroying the Kaiser Santa Rosa Medical Center and it's supply of liquid oxygen. As it was the fires destructive power burned classroom and offices at Cardinal Newman High School, Fountaingrove's historic Round Barn built in 1899, the Hidden Valley satellite elementary school, and scorched a portion of the Luther Burbank Center for the arts.

Coffey Park Fire

In Coffey Park entire city blocks were claimed by fire, displacing thousands of people and destroying more than 1,000 homes. We are investigating on behalf of victims who lost their homes and property as a result of the fire. The devastation was so complete that little was left. The flames had come from the hills and crossed six lanes of highway 101, burning homes from a few blocks north of Piner Road almost to Dennis Lane on the northern edge of the city. Seven deaths were initially reported in northern Santa Rosa from the Tubbs fire.

We are working with experts in the fields of electrical engineering, fire mapping, insurance claims practices, building construction, public adjusting and appraisal to assist Santa Rosa Fire victims