Experienced Wildfire Attorneys Join Respected Ventura Law Firm To File Lawsuit Alleging Thomas Fire Caused by Corporate Negligence
VENTURA, Calif., January 9, 2018 – Today, nationally recognized attorneys from Baron & Budd; Singleton Law Firm; Dixon Diab & Chambers LLP; Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire, LLP; and Terry Singleton, Esq.; collectively known as the California Fire Lawyers, along with the Ventura, Calif.-based law firm of Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Feingold, LLP announced that a lawsuit has been filed in Ventura County on behalf of a family who has sustained injuries or other incurred damages as a result of the Thomas fire which began on December 4, 2017 (Case No. 56-2018-00506356-CU-MT-VTA).
The Thomas Fire is the largest officially recorded wildfire in modern California history. In the suit, the firms allege that the fire began when electrical infrastructure owned, operated and maintained by Southern California Edison, a California Corporation (“SCE”) came into contact with vegetation inspected and maintained by SoCal Edison.
The suit goes on to state that damages suffered by the plaintiffs include, but are not limited to: wrongful death, personal injuries, damage to or destruction of property, loss of cherished possessions, medical bills, evacuation expenses and lost wages.
“Tragically, many of our clients in Ventura and Santa Barbara were impacted by the Thomas Fire. Some of us here at Myers Widders, including myself, lost our own homes in the flames. In the legal battle for justice for victims of the Thomas Fire, we’ve chosen to partner with experienced and successful environmental attorneys with a history of taking on fights like this one,” said Erik Feingold, a partner with Myers Widders. “We feel confident, based on the information that we’ve already gathered in our investigation, that there is a solid case against SoCal Edison and we’re ready to bring that fight before the court.”
“This fire did not discriminate. It threatened lives, destroyed properties and ruined neighborhoods,” said Baron & Budd Attorney John Fiske. “Unfortunately, the cause of this catastrophe boils down to something quite simple: corporate negligence on the part of Southern California Edison. Our firms are committed to holding this corporation accountable for the devastation caused by SoCal Edison’s failure to protect the communities they serve.”
On December 8, 2017, the California Fire Lawyers filed a similar suit against Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) on behalf of more than 295 plaintiffs who sustained damages in October’s deadly Northern California wildfires. The firm now represents more than 500 wildfire plaintiffs from Tubbs, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Butte Counties.
The environmental attorneys with California Fire Lawyers have decades of experience fighting and winning on behalf of their clients. Together, the California Fire Lawyers have won more than $650 million for 4,000 victims of other wildfires in California, including the 2007 San Diego Fires, the 2010 San Bruno Explosion, and the 2015 Butte Fire. Attorneys with the group have also been at the forefront of other major environmental litigation, including a leadership role in the Multi-District Litigation for the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill.
If you were impacted by these fires and wish to discuss your legal options, please call us at (805) 491-9947. Additional information can be found online at: www.CaliforniaFireLawyers.com.