Claiming Compensation When Utilities Are Cut Off – Legal help in Olveston
Although your gas and electric companies may threaten to cut off your utilities if you do not pay your bill in time, it is usually a last resort and can actually be in breach of your human rights. If you have been cut off by a gas or electricity provider you may be able to make an injury claim in Olveston. You may also be able to claim compensation if your power is cut off as part of a power cut or maintenance work, if this has affected your life in some notable way. Here are some things to think about before you make an injury claim with legal help in Olveston.
1. Were you told in advance about the power cut?
If a company has given fair warning of the power cut, including when it is likely to occur and for how long, then you may not be able to make an injury claim in Olveston. You should be given at least 2 days notice before a power cut occurs, and if the power cut is a result of you not paying your bill you should be given other options to look at before the cut takes place. Your provider may offer to put you on an electricity or gas pre-pay meter which you will top up before using. All of these options should be given to you well in advance of your utilities being cut off.
2. How long did the power cut last?
If you have been cut off as a result of not paying your bill, the power cut could last indefinitely. If you have been given fair warning then you may not be able to claim compensation, but if the company has not given you a fair chance to make a payment or come to an arrangement which will end the power cut you may still be entitled to compensation.
You may also be entitled to compensation if the power cut lasts longer than 24 hours in circumstances where the cut affects more than 5000 homes, or 24-48 hours in extreme weather conditions no matter how many homes the power cut affects.
3. How many times has this happened?
If this is an ongoing problem and you keep losing your electricity or gas supply for no good reason then you may have a good case for an injury claim in Olveston. If your power is cut off more than 4 times per year then you can start looking into making a compensation claim.Open Claim Calculator
How Do I Make My Injury Claim in Olveston?
If you feel that you have a good case for compensation then call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. You will be able to speak to the team of friendly, helpful advisers who will talk you through your situation and let you know if you have a good case for compensation. If you do then the dedicated personal injury lawyers will work on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.