Legal Steps That Should Be Considered by Victims of San Bruno Fire

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Jim Quadra, managing partner of Calvo & Clark in San Francisco, is recommending that victims of the San Bruno fire who are interested in protecting their legal rights should immediately notify their insurance companies of the event and retain legal counsel to help preserve evidence.

Explosions like this raise a host of issues," Quadra explained. "Though PG&E is obviously on the hook, residents also need to work with their own insurance companies, and think about potential municipal liability, shortened deadlines, and other issues.

Jim Quadra, managing partner of Calvo & Clark in San Francisco, is recommending that victims of the San Bruno fire who are interested in protecting their legal rights should immediately notify their insurance companies of the event and retain legal counsel to help preserve evidence.

Days after the September 9, 2010 explosion in San Bruno caused unspeakable ruin and tragedy, The Bay Citizen and New York Times are reporting that they have obtained documents proving that PG&E was aware for the past three years that a portion of the gas main causing the explosion was at an "unacceptably" high risk of failure. PG&E is reportedly already warning that its $1 billion policy limits may not be enough to fully compensate everyone who had been injured.

Quadra represented neighborhood residents in the 1998 San Francisco explosion and fire on 19th Avenue. "Explosions like this raise a host of issues," Quadra explained. "Though PG&E is obviously on the hook, residents also need to work with their own insurance companies, and think about potential municipal liability, shortened claims deadlines, and possible interpleader issues." Quadra said the most immediate legal steps an attorney for the residents would take would be to make sure PG&E and the municipality are preserving evidence through sending evidence preservation letters, and making sure to notify their own insurance companies of the event.

Quadra was formerly Chief of General Litigation at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office, and a founding partner of Moscone, Emblidge & Quadra, LLP. He speaks Spanish fluently. To contact Quadra regarding injuries or damage suffered through the San Bruno explosion, call 415-609-6296.

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