It’s no secret; the wildfires that coastal California has to deal with every year are getting worse.
Wildfires can cause enormous amounts of damage to both public and private parties. As a result, families all too often find themselves displaced and have their lives disrupted in numerous ways.
As more and more people move closer to forests in California, the damage that these fires cause amplifies significantly.
While Washington and Oregon both have to contend with serious wildfires every year, California experiences the brunt of them.
The combination of warm weather, coastal winds, and increasingly dry winters creates unprecedented (fire)storms in California each summer.
Outside of the last decade, there is no period in recent memory that compares to the damage suffered in the past several years.
Humans are not always the cause of wildfires. A single lightning strike is enough to start a wildfire. Still, with that said, human negligence is often the root cause of wildfires.
A single cigarette butt can cause just as significant a fire as a bolt of lightning. It happens all too often. In fact, a particularly damaging string of wildfires between 2015 and 2020 has one company to blame for their destruction: Pacific Gas & Electric (or PG&E).
Each year, PG&E serves nearly 16 million Californians with electricity and natural gas. In recent years, they have found themselves at the center of repeated scrutiny and litigation over their link to wildfire causes.
In many instances, the PG&E fire lawsuits have ended with courts holding PG&E liable for billions in damages. Why?
The courts reached these conclusions because, upon investigation, PG&E’s negligent actions (or negligent failures to act) were deemed the source of a number of wildfires.
The costs they face are severe enough that PG&E recently went through bankruptcy proceedings due to ongoing financial struggles.
A PG&E Lawsuit Loan Can Help You Recover Your Damages
If you are one of the countless individuals affected by the PG&E wildfires, you may have a claim for damages against the company.
Filing a lawsuit will help you recover damages in the long run, but your PG&E settlement may not find its way into your bank account in any predictable manner of time.
Lawsuits can take a long time to settle; there are no two ways about it. Combine that with the fact that you likely have pressing expenses, like fixing your home, that are due now, and you can see where problems arise.
So, what can you do now that will help you avoid paying astronomical interest rates that will eat into your eventual settlement? One of the best things you can do for yourself is apply for a PG&E lawsuit loan.
A lawsuit loan puts money in your pocket now so you can avoid high-interest debt in the future. As a result, you get to keep more of your settlement money in the end.
It is important to understand that lawsuit loans do carry their own interest rates. Furthermore, shopping for loans is about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist. That’s exactly where Ally Lawsuit Loans can help you.
With a loan from Ally Lawsuit Loans, you don’t need to shop around at all. That’s because Ally offers a unique lowest rate in the industry guarantee. That’s right: if you see a better offer, we will beat or match it.
That way, you can rest assured knowing that you have the best possible interest rate. You don’t need to spend time filling out complicated applications or reviewing loan agreements with a fine toothed comb. That's not our only guarantee, however.
Alongside our best rate in the industry guarantee is a 24-hour application turnaround and a promise that you won’t owe us a dime if you lose your case. Put simply, a loan from Ally Lawsuit Loans is the most risk-free financing option available.
California’s PG&E Wildfires
As noted, over the last five years a significant number of California wildfires occurred that were later connected to PG&E. For some of the fires, PG&E has already set up settlement funds for all affected parties.
Still, to get yourself a part of that or any other settlement money, you need to do one of two things. Either join an ongoing lawsuit or file one of your own. All the wildfires we discuss below are ones where PG&E is the root cause.
If one of these fires affected you and you need immediate financial assistance, Ally Lawsuit Loans is here to help you with that.
The Zogg Fire
The Zogg wildfire erupted in September 2020 and centered around Shasta County. The root cause of the wildfire, as with many others in this list, was a tree that was in contact with PG&E power lines.
P&C’s negligence with respect to this fire was to such a degree that the Shasta County district attorney believes the company was criminally negligent in its failure to properly and safely maintain and operate its equipment.
During the fire, four individuals died, numerous homes burned to the ground, and the fire burned more than 56,000 acres of land.
The Kincade Fire
The Kincade happened in October during 2019. Similar to the Zogg fire, investigations revealed that the cause was a failure of a power line.
In this case, the culprit was a transmission line that PG&E neglected to shut down during a dangerous weather event. While no individuals perished in the blaze, nearly 200,000 individuals had to evacuate their homes in the midst of it.
In anticipation of litigation surrounding the fire, PG&E set aside $600 million to compensate parties affected by the fire..
The Camp Fire
The 2018 Camp wildfire broke out in Butte County. It was massive. In fact, the scope of its devastation was so large that 84 people tragically perished in the blaze.
That is a significant sum. In the face of such a massive financial liability, PG&E initiated bankruptcy proceedings at the start of the 2019 calendar year.
The October 2017 Fire Siege
October 2017 was a particularly bad month for wildfires. In October of 2017, numerous wildfires erupted throughout the state of California.
This particular month overwhelmed California’s fire fighting force to such a degree that CAL FIRE deemed the month the “October 2017 fire siege.”
Each of these fires brought destruction to land, forests, and buildings and cost individuals their lives. With the exception of the Butte wildfire, all the following fires were part of the October 2017 fire siege.
The Tubbs Fire
The October 2017 Tubbs wildfire was one of the worst in 2017’s devastating wildfire season. At the end of the day, the fire burned nearly 37,000 acres of land to the ground while damaging more than 5,000 buildings.
The fire was unique in the way it quickly spread. In just hours, winds of up to 50 miles per hour pushed the fire south all the way to Santa Rosa.
22 individuals lost their lives during the fire, while countless others found their lives turned upside down.
The Nuns Fire
In another part of the October 2017 fire siege, the Nuns fire hit Northern California hard. You can probably already guess what the root cause of the Nuns fire was.
If you guess that it was a failure of PG&E’s electrical equipment, you guess right. The Nuns fire was much harder to contain than some of the other wildfires in the list. That is because it ended up merging with several other smaller fires over the course of several days.
While the fire never got quite all the way to the city center of Sonoma, many Sonomans were adversely affected.
Many of the county’s vineyards and the small communities surrounding them burned to the ground in this fire.
The Cascade Fire
The Cascade fire is yet another fire that occurred in 2017 due to faulty electrical equipment owned and operated by PG&E. Four people passed away during the Cascade wildfire.
Meanwhile, the fire consumed nearly 10,000 acres of land. Fire crews could not contain the fire until February 2018. That’s more than 3 months of this fire being uncontained.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) listed the Cascade wildfire as one of the 16 wildfires that could have been prevented if not for PG&E’s negligence.
The Redwood Valley Fire
The 2017 Redwood Valley fire was also part of the October 2017 fire siege.
Once again, PG&E’s negligence was the cause. In this particular fire, nine people were killed, 36,000 acres of land consumed, and more than 500 structures (including homes) ruined.
The Sulphur Fire
Another wildfire in the October 2017 fire siege was the Sulphur fire. The Sulphur fire burned more than 2,000 acres of land and brought down more than 150 buildings in Lake County. In addition, 6 people died during the blaze. CAL FIRE’s investigation into the Sulphur fire came to the conclusion that a PG&E electrical equipment failure was its source. At this point a pattern of negligence on the part of PG&E should make itself abundantly clear.
The Butte Fire
Unlike the other noted wildfires, the Butte wildfire occurred in 2015. The cause, however, was the same as others in this list: It was a PG&E equipment failure. The fire destroyed more than 900 structures, including nearly 550 homes.
Do You Want the Best Rates in the Settlement Funding Industry?
If you are one of the thousands of individuals left with your life turned upside down by one of these destructive California wildfires, Ally Lawsuit Loans can put you on solid financial footing while you fight your case.
You can wait for your lawsuit to settle officially, but if you need financial assistance now, a future settlement doesn’t really help.
With the help of Ally Lawsuit Loans and our three-part guarantee, you can cover your imminent financial needs with the peace of mind you get from knowing you are getting the best interest rate in the industry.
Knowing that you know that you will get to keep more of your settlement at the end of the day. A lawsuit loan is as risk-free as a loan that you can get, so don’t keep pushing off those bills.
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