Claims Relating to 2017 & 2018 Wildfires are Being Accepted until December 31, 2019
In a status conference on November 4, 2019 with U.S. District Judge James Donato, who is overseeing the PG&E wildfire claims estimation proceeding, attorneys representing wildfire victims and attorneys for PG&E agreed that, in order to allow more wildfire victims the opportunity to file Proof of Claim Forms against PG&E for damages and injuries caused by the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, the deadline to file Proof of Claim Forms against PG&E will be extended from the original bar date of October 21, 2019 to a new date of December 31, 2019. Proof of Claim Forms can be filed against PG&E now through December 31, 2019. However, after December 31, 2019, all wildfire victims from these fires in 2017 and 2018 who have not filed claims against PG&E will thereafter be barred from doing so.
Since PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2019, there have been many misconceptions about who has the ability to file claims against PG&E, how claims are filed, the amounts of compensation that may be available in settlements to victims of these devastating wildfires, and much more.
Some believe that PG&E’s declaration of bankruptcy prohibits victims from filing claims against PG&E. Some believe that they would be taking compensation away from other wildfire victims by filing a claim. Others believe that it is not worth the time to file a claim against PG&E due to limited funds while PG&E is in bankruptcy. But these aren’t the only issues; many wildfire victims lost their homes, their access to computers and internet, and lost the support and information provided by their damaged communities. Many people are focused on recovery and survival, and may not know that there is recourse for the fire damages that they have sustained.
It is our goal, and the objective of the Court, to clarify the common misconceptions about the bankruptcy proceeding against PG&E, and to increase our efforts to assist wildfire victims in filing claims against PG&E and to help victims obtain just compensation for their losses.
The new deadline to file Proof of Claim Forms against PG&E for wildfire damages is December 31, 2019, and our office will be accepting new claimants until December 20, 2019 in order to leave enough time to prepare and file all claims. Please contact us to file your claim for wildfire damages today.