If you want to make a power cut accident claim, Accident Advice Helpline is there to assist. You can contact us by phone at any time or use the compensation calculator on our website for a quick estimate of how much your claim might be worth. Our highly trained advisors will often be able to let you know immediately if you have a legally valid case. This advice is free of charge and won’t place you under any obligation, but if you do decide you’d like to claim with us, we’ll do all we can to help.
A valid case
Compensation law is governed by three basic rules:
- You can only claim if the accident is not your fault and not purely a result of bad luck (sometimes these things are not very clear, so call us if you’re uncertain).
- You can only claim if a doctor or other qualified medical professional (such as a dentist if you have lost teeth) can confirm your injuries.
- You have to claim within three years (with exceptions if you are a child or if your accident causes a serious health problem that doesn’t show up until much later).
It’s advisable to get legal advice as soon as possible after your accident so you can get things moving. Sometimes it takes a little while before your doctor can be sure of the extent of your injuries but starting the claims process early means your memory will be fresh when you’re making formal statements about what happened to you.
There are four main types of power cut:
- Planned power cuts necessary for things like maintenance. You should be given at least two days’ notice of these.
- Power being cut off because you have not paid your bill. This should happen only as a last resort and you should be notified well in advance.
- Unplanned power cuts caused by problems in the supply system which the power company is responsible for.
- Unplanned power cuts caused by interference from third parties, such as people trying to steal electricity by tapping into power lines.
Although you may not be sure who is responsible for the power cut that affected you, your solicitor will usually be able to find that out for you. Making a note of the date and time when it happened, and finding out which of your neighbours were affected, can help to speed this up.
Typical power cut accidents
Most power cut accidents are caused by people trying to move around in the dark and accidentally tripping over things. People can also be injured in fires caused by candles or they can suffer traffic accidents when street lights go out unexpectedly.
Whatever type of accident you suffered, if it meets the above conditions, we can help you. We’ll find you the right solicitor and we’ll do it on a no win, no fee basis, giving you the best chance of success regardless of your financial situation. If you’ve been let down and injured as a result you have a right to make a power cut accident claim, so don’t let the opportunity pass you by.