Filing a Proof of Claims against PG&E without an attorney
Thursday October 3rd 2019 -
>On Thursday, Oct. 3, local attorney Helen Sedwick will hold a workshop on how to file a Proof of Claim in the PG&E bankruptcy without hiring an attorney, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Depot. Then, at 6:30 p.m., Sedwick and attorney Greg Skikos will give an update on the case. Everyone is invited.
If you have a small loss, such as smoke damage, or you are adverse to using an attorney, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by filing a Proof of Claim no later than the “Bar Date” of Oct. 21. If you don’t file, you will lose the right to make a claim against PG&E for the 2017 and 2018 fires.
The workshop will cover the Proof of Claim form. As part of PG&E’s final bankruptcy plan, billions of dollars will be put into a trust to pay individual fire victims who have submitted Proof of Claims by the Bar Date. The trust will be administered by a professional trust/mediation company that will evaluate each claim and determine the payment. You will submit documentation of your losses as part of that process. This evaluation and distribution process will happen in 2020.
Since there could be as many as 30,000 claims by individual fire victims, the trust administrator is likely to use formulas for calculating payments. If you don’t feel the formula is fair, then you will have an opportunity to demonstrate that your damages exceed the formula. If you don’t have an attorney, you may want to hire an attorney at that point, depending on the size and complexity of your claim.
Claims will cover the following:
• Economic losses, such as replacement of property not covered by insurance, loss of trees, lost income, and medical expenses.
• “Non-economic” losses such as the emotional distress of evacuation, loss of home, and community.
• Don’t worry if you can’t put a dollar amount of your losses on the Proof of Claim form. There is a box to check titled “Unknown/To be Determined.”
Download the Proof of Claim form at restructuring.primeclerk.com/pge/EPOC-Index. In the column on the right side of the page, click on “Fire Claimant Proof of Claim Form.” The form can be filled out electronically, mailed in, or dropped off at one of the addresses on the last page of the instructions. If you are using regular mail, send it first class, return receipt requested. Keep the confirmation and proof of delivery in case something goes wrong.
The Proof of Claim form must be received by PG&E no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 21. Email Helen@bennettvalleylaw.com with questions.