Were You, Or A Loved One, Affected By The Zogg Fire?
A Needless Tragedy
Around 3 PM on September 27th, a fire started at Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane in Shasta County, California. By nightfall, the fire would grow to 7,000 acres, and fueled by strong winds would eventually encompass almost 60,000 acres. Tragically, 4 people lost their lives, and over 200 structures were destroyed in Shasta County. The fire is believed to have started when a pine tree fell on power lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric. On November 18, 2020, PG&E filed papers in court explaining the company “believes that the Gray Pine of interest may have been identified for removal during restoration efforts following the Carr Fire in 2018”
It is the belief of Kazerouni Law Group, APC, that the Zogg Fire was caused due to the negligence of Pacific Gas & Electric and that by not removing the pine tree, they failed in their duty to protect nearby residents.
If you suffered damages as a result of the Zogg Fire, you may be entitled to pursue a claim against PG&E for compensation. Claims include personal injury, property damage, business losses, and wrongful death.
Based in Orange County, we’ve shared these experiences with you to some degree. Many of our parents, employees, and friends have been affected by fires caused by the negligence of the giant utility companies we should be able to trust. California fire victims are more than just cases to us – they are a chance for our attorneys to stand up for their own communities.
Our team of Fire Lawyers responds immediately to all fire-related inquiries. We work closely with fire damage experts who are available to assist us with the investigation necessary to identify the source and cause of a fire in order to determine liability.
We represent individuals with all types of damages: structural damage, personal property loss, lost profits, physical injuries and other injuries.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the ZoggFire, we would love to meet with you at your convenience. You can call or text our fire attorney Ali Sadrarhami at 1-818-486-5114 at any time, or fill out the form to the right to have one of our attorneys contact you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Zogg Fire lawsuit a class action proceeding?
No, civil claims for Zogg Fire victims are filed on an individual basis. This means you will have your own attorney to represent you, and your case will be resolved according to the unique facts of your case and the damages you experienced. In a class action, by contrast, a select few plaintiffs would file a single lawsuit on behalf of all victims with any recovery divided amongst the class members.
What types of damages are you entitled to pursue?
While each case is different, common damage categories include: the cost to repair or replace your home and personal property; the loss of use and enjoyment of your property; depreciation in the value of your land; damage to trees, timber, or underwood; business losses; lost wages; loss of crops; harm to pets or livestock; emotional distress; personal injury; and wrongful death. Even if you have insurance, you will likely experience a shortfall in some areas of coverage as well as damages that fall outside the policy.
How much work will be required of you if you choose to pursue a claim?
The Zogg Fire litigation is still in the early stages, but more than likely, your case will be coordinated into a mass tort proceeding. This means your level of personal involvement will be less than in a traditional, single event lawsuit. You are unlikely to be required to give deposition testimony, respond to burdensome discovery requests, or proceed through a jury trial. Instead, your attorney will work with you to gather proof of your damages and prepare your claim for potential mediation or pre-trial resolution.
Will you have to pay any legal fees?
No, our Zogg Fire attorneys represent clients under a contingency fee arrangement. This means you do not pay any case costs, litigation expenses, or attorneys’ fees out of pocket. Instead, we recover fees and costs as a percentage of the amount recovered on your behalf and only if your case is successful.
Will the attorney take any portion of your insurance payments?
No. Our law firm does not claim any percentage of your insurance coverage payments. We wish to see you recover the maximum amount under your policy following this disaster, and we are available to offer guidance to you throughout the insurance claims process.
What is the deadline for filing a lawsuit?
You will have two years from the date of the Zogg Fire to file a claim before certain legal rights expire. Nonetheless, we encourage recent fire survivors to consult an attorney in a timely manner. Your lawyer can help you document your losses for purposes of the lawsuit, as well as offer guidance on insurance and other matters that might arise. Of course, you should take the time you need to find housing, care for family members, and attend to your health and well-being until you feel prepared to discuss your claim.