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How Long Will It Take to Get Dixie Claims Against PG&E Paid?

September 7, 2021 Posted In

Every PG&E wildfire lawsuit is different.  But our history suing PG&E suggests settlement checks should be in the hands of our clients within three years from the date the Dixie Fire started.

Possible Timeline and Milestones in Dixie Fire Litigation

Lawsuit Filed – Within weeks of undertaking the client’s representation

PG&E responds to Lawsuit in Court – Within 6 to 8 weeks of lawsuit being filed

Lawsuits assigned to a single judge selected by special panel of judges – Within 2 month of PG&E’s response in court

Cal Fire releases evidence for inspection by lawyers for wildfire survivors – Within 6 months of Dixie Fire’s ignition

Fire claimants’ attorneys require PG&E to produce witnesses for questioning and documents for examination – Within 6 months of Dixie Fire’s ignition

Fire claimants’ attorneys present “Inverse Condemnation” case to judge – Within 6 months of Cal Fire’s release of evidence

Judge rules on Inverse Condemnation claim – Within 18 months of start of Dixie Fire

Dixie Fire survivors’ attorneys prepare clients’ claims for compensation – Within weeks of lawsuit being filed on the client’s behalf

Preparation of client’s claim for compensation includes:

  • Obtaining clients’ History of events and Summary of Losses
  • Preparing Expert Reports as appropriate
    • Contractor Reports and Estimates
    • Property Appraisals
    • Arborists Reports
    • Contractors’ Reports
    • Landscaper Reports
    • Real Estate Broker Reports
    • Medical and Psychological Reports

Begin settlement discussions with PG&E on client’s behalf – Within 18 months of client’s lawsuit being filed

Obtain trial date if settlement discussions unproductive – Within 24 months of lawsuit being filed

Proceed to trial of client’s cases if client is unsatisfied with PG&E’s offer of settlement – Within 36 months of Dixie Fire’s ignition