If you do not file a proof of claim form before the October 21, 2019 deadline, you will likely never be able to recover damages for any of your personal property, real property or personal injury losses from PG&E.
Wildfire Recovery Attorneys can help maximize your recovery, assist with the multiple documents to be filed and put your mind at ease.
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Proof of Claim Form
A proof of claim form was approved and issued by the bankruptcy court. This proof of claim form, if filed properly and before the October 21, 2019 deadline, will allow you to seek money from PG&E through the bankruptcy proceedings for any damages you suffered from the 2015 Butte Fire, 2017 North Bay Fires or 2018 Camp Fire. Please remember that if you do not file a proof of claim form before October 21, 2019, you will likely never be able to recover any of your damages from PG&E – for either personal injury or property damage.
The proof of claim procedure requires you to fill out a separate form that details your damages. Because this may not be the only form you will have to file in order to recover money from PG&E, you may find it beneficial to hire our team of experienced wildfire recovery attorneys to help maximize your recovery.
What Does PG&E’s Bankruptcy Mean for My Recovery?
PG&E filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2019. Chapter 11 is when a company reorganizes its business, mainly to address significant amounts of debt. It does not mean the company is closing down or has no money.
How Bankruptcy Works
PG&E amassed significant “debt” in the form of liability to thousands of people for causing damage to their homes, injuries and death as a result of the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires and the 2018 Camp Fire. As part of its obligations to the Court, PG&E will file a “debtor plan” which details how it intends to pay off all its creditors and at what proportion. Once the debtor plan is approved by the judge, PG&E can begin the process of establishing a reorganization plan for its business and winding its way through the complicated bankruptcy process. Only then will PG&E be able to pay any survivors of the wildfires for the damages they suffered. This process may take up to a year or more to occur.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me With the Proof of Claim Form for PG&E?
There are three important reasons you need a lawyer to help you with the proof of claim form:
Maximize your recovery. While the proof of claim form designed by the bankruptcy court is meant to be simple and easy to use, our lawyers and staff have extensive knowledge and experience with proving wildfire damage cases and filling out complicated forms, which can help maximize your recovery. We also have access to the best experts in the country, whose knowledge of the catastrophic losses caused by wildfires may provide increased value to your claim. Finally, our wildfire recovery attorneys are experienced in identifying categories of damages that you may not be aware you are entitled to recover through the bankruptcy process.
More documents will need to be filed. Your proof of claim form is only the beginning of what can become a lengthy, complicated process. The proof of claim form, by itself, may not entitle you to a maximum recovery of your damages. There may be a court-approved allocation process or another method by which you will need to submit proof to obtain compensation for all of your losses. Our team of experienced attorneys and staff have navigated the bankruptcy courts on behalf of thousands of people in other cases and will work with you and your family to make sure you seek compensation for everything you lost – no matter how insignificant it might seem.
Put your mind at ease. Navigating the bankruptcy process can be complicated. Our experienced lawyers represent more than 1,000 survivors of the 2015, 2017 and 2018 wildfires. In doing so, we work hand in hand with all our clients to ensure that your claims are handled properly so that you can focus on your recovery instead of filling out endless paperwork. We understand that many of our clients continue to be affected by the fires and are still piecing their lives together. Let our compassionate and knowledgeable staff and attorneys help you through the process to ensure that all of your rights are protected.
Unique Types of Damages That Can Be Sought Through the Bankruptcy Process
Did you know that even if you did not suffer any physical injury in the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires or the 2018 Camp Fire, you can still seek compensation for personal injury due to emotional distress, annoyance or disturbance?
You can also seek damages for cherished possessions or keepsakes that have been in your family for years that were damaged or destroyed in the fires.
Hiring experienced wildfire recovery attorneys to assist you through the bankruptcy process and help you maximize your claims is of critical importance. You want to make absolutely sure you don’t leave anything out. Once your proof of claim form is filled out and filed with the court, you can never go back and ask PG&E for additional money, so it is vital that you get it right the first time. Let us help.