Personal Injury Cases Resulting from CalPac Crisis
There are many types of Personal Injury cases and the following is one that has received national attention.
Recently California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company was ordered to pay $1.4 billion in penalties by the California Public Utilities Commission for violating safety standards relating to a very deadly gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno.
This brings the total fines and penalties to be paid by the PG&E to more than $2 billion. It has been determined that they had committed almost 3,800 violations of state and federal laws and regulations leading up to the explosion. This massive explosion killed eight people, injured 66 and caused millions in property damage. There are criminal charges against PG&E which could add another $1.13 Billion to the fines.
To date, the Pacific Gas and Electric has paid $565 million in settlements between victims of the massive explosion, which includes family members of those killed, people who sustained injuries, and property damage caused by the explosion.
The PG&E has taken the position that they are accountable, and paying penalties and settlements is appropriate.
The cause of the explosion had been determined to be a rupture in a defective seam weld in a pipeline that had been erroneously listed in PG&E records as seamless.
The pending criminal charges against the PG&E include obstructing justice and 27 counts of violations of federal pipeline safety law.
Personal Injury Attorney Kenneth G. Marks
The Kenneth G. Marks Law Firm is an expert in handling Personal Injury Cases, and strives to provide clients with excellent recoveries and service. If you have suffered an injury at the fault of another, contact a Professional Legal Office for advice.
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Kenneth G. Marks has been practicing personal injury law since he was admitted to the California Bar in 1981.www.KmarksLaw.com