In one of what will likely be many lawsuits of this nature, we have learned that a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) on behalf of the family of Ernest Francis “Ernie” Foss. Ernie was a father and a musician and was killed in the November 2018 Camp Fire.
The Camp Fire was the deadliest fire in modern California history and we know that over 90 people lost their lives. Nearly 14,000 homes were destroyed. Ernie’s home and all of his belongings were destroyed in the fire and he lost his life as he attempted to escape from the fire.
“The catastrophic damage and loss of life caused by the Camp Fire was preventable,” said Lieff Cabraser, an attorney for Ernie’s family. They claim that PG&E continued to cut corners over the years despite past failures and reprimands.
Edward “Skip” Babbitt knows that there are many ways in which the negligence of another person, company, or agencies can cause fatalities. If you need a wrongful death attorney in San Diego, you can count on Skip to secure the compensation you need.
What Can Happen
In the story above, we see that families are blaming PG&E for ignoring warning and reprimands. We often see cases in which companies will take shortcuts for profit gain. This can lead to serious harm down the line, as evidenced by the devastation of the recent fires. We also want to go over some other common ways in which wrongful death cases arise:
- Vehicle Accidents – In the state of California, hundreds of thousands of people are involved in vehicles accidents each year. For the latest reporting year, over 3,600 people lost their lives. 27% of those fatalities were due to impaired drivers, but we know that distracted and reckless drivers are also a problem.
- Workplace Accidents – Employers must maintain a safe working environment for their employees. This means providing proper training and ensuring they have the equipment necessary for the work they are asked to do.
- Product Liability – We know that many products are recalled each year because they can use harm to consumers. This occurs with foods, beverages, appliances, vehicles, toys, and more.
- Medical Mistakes – Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States and they happen when a medical professional is negligent in their duties. These incidents happen due to misdiagnosis, medication errors, infections, and more.
What Are Your Options?
We covered a broad range of possible ways that a wrongful death lawsuit could arise, but that list is by no means complete. If you are unsure about your particular case, please call Edward “Skip” Babbitt today. He will patiently sit with you and discuss every aspect of your case so the best path forward can be charted out.
Skip will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need, including: