If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of having no electricity and you want to clarify your legal situation, Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with free, no-obligation power cut injury advice. Our highly trained team is just a phone call away and is able to tell most callers whether or not they have legally valid claims within just a few minutes.
Types of power cut accident
There are four main kinds of power cut accidents:
- Accidents caused due to unexpected loss of power, such as falling on the stairs because the lights have suddenly gone out.
- Accidents caused by attempts to compensate for lack of power, such as fires caused by using candles when no other source of light is available.
- Accidents caused when people attempt to carry on as normal despite the lack of power, such as tripping over things when trying to get around in the dark.
- Worsening of chronic health conditions due to the inability to run medical equipment without power.
It can be possible to get compensation in any of these situations providing the accident was not your fault. If you’re not sure about that, we can advise. For instance, there may be a situation in which you think you should have waited and not tried to do something whilst the power was still off. However, if the power had been off for a long time, you really needed to do something, and an accident resulted, a court might decide that the National Grid is still partly to blame.
It’s the responsibility of the National Grid to make sure you have an uninterrupted power supply. You should be informed of any planned outages required for maintenance and if the power goes out due to a fault, the power company should fix it within a reasonable amount of time (usually 24 hours). If your power company knows that you are vulnerable due to illness or injury, you should be treated as a priority customer and helped more quickly. If the fault that causes a power cut is found to be a result of poor maintenance, the power company may be held to be at fault even if it has responded promptly.
What to do if you’re injured
If you’re injured due to a power cut accident you should see a doctor as soon as possible, even if you think you’ll recover anyway. This is important in enabling you to make a claim, which you will normally need to do within three years. To get the process started, call us at Accident Advice Helpline. We can find you a solicitor with experience in this area. Our solicitors all work on a no win, no fee basis, and, unlike many local solicitors, they can usually start working on your case within just a few days.
Being injured in an accident is distressing but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. We can help you to assert your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
For more power cut injury advice call us today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 28, 2014
Author: David Brown