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The dangerous conditions created by negligent power companies, ERCOT and an unregulated energy market have left Texans with little choice but to consider weighing their options of filing power outage lawsuits. You can file a Texas power outage claim against the responsible party or parties if you experienced harms and losses from any of the following:
- Personal Injuries that led to hospitalization
- Property damage to homes
- Property damage to businesses
- Business owners who had to close their doors because of power or water loss
Texas is America’s notoriously independent state. Many of us lifelong Texans take pride in the state’s independence from our state flag to our sprawling highways to the fact that our state’s version of Mexican-American food tastes better than any other state’s. Texans love Texas. This is why the letdown many of us felt rippled across the country as millions of Texas families were left sitting in cold, dark homes—in the United States’ leading energy producer.
What went wrong?
While many believe that severe winter weather is unpredictable, the significant energy failures that left millions in subzero homes were entirely predictable. In fact, power companies had ample time and warnings to winterize the equipment that provides power to the state’s 29 million residents.
The 2011 Texas Blackouts
In early February 2011, a total of 210 individual generating units under ERCOT experienced an outage, derate, or failure to start. These failures resulted in at least 4.4 million customers being negatively affected over a two-day period.
Should I file a claim in the Texas Power Outage Claim?
If you experienced injuries, property damage to your home or business or economic business losses, you may have a case. Call a winter storm lawyer at 800-359-5690 to discuss the specifics of your claim.
Will I have to go to court to file a claim in a Texas Power Outage Claim?
At this point, it is too early to say how these cases will play out. Depending on how cooperative the entity you are holding responsible is will determine if your case can be settled or will require a trial. In either case, it’s best to hire a lawyer with trial experience so that you are fully represented no matter what your claim calls for.
What is involved in filing a Power Outage Claim?
The specific process you go through will be entirely dependent on the kind of case you are bringing. However, generally speaking, your attorney will do the following:
- Gather documentation of your power outage
- Look over reports detailing your injuries, property damages or business losses
- Conduct an investigation of the negligent party
- Begin building your case
- File a lawsuit if the defendants fail to offer a fair settlement
Property damage power outage claims
If you are seeking a fair recovery from your insurance company for property damage to your home or business, you will need to file a claim as soon as possible. Many policies require that you file within a certain amount of time. It’s best to file as soon as you know that your property is damaged and will require repairs.
What kind of injury claims can I make in a Texas power outage claim?
Suffering from a personal injury is life-changing. Dealing with medical bills and the changes in how you live your daily life can be expensive. The Carlson Law Firm’s Winter Storm Lawyers can help if you’ve been injured through the following ways:
- Exposure to the cold
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Illness from water damage
- Death from exposure to cold
- Death from equipment failure
This is not an exhaustive list of injuries that occurred from the Texas Power Outage. Call a Texas Power Outage Claim lawyer to discuss your claims.
What kind of property damage claim can I make?
The Carlson Law Firm’s winter storm lawyers are helping homeowners and business owners whose properties have experienced the following types of damage:
- Busted pipes
- Damaged walls, floors or ceilings
- Caved in roofs
- Sheetrock damage
As noted above, this not an exhaustive list of insurance claims our lawyers can help with. Call us to discuss your case specifics.
Business Interruption Power Outage Claims
When businesses don’t have access to power, water or other utilities, they cannot operate effectively. If your business could not operate because of power loss, water loss or boil water notices, we may be able to help. Call a business interruption lawyer at 800-359-5690.
Who can I file a power outage claim against?
There are lingering questions about who can be held responsible for the harms and losses millions have suffered as a result of the power companies’ negligence. Generally, a power outage will be against one of the following entities:
- Power companies
- Insurance companies (if you cannot get your claim resolved on your own)
- Property management companies
However, through the investigation process, we may find other potentially liable parties.
Who can I talk to about filing a power outage claim?
A winter storm lawyer from The Carlson Law Firm will be happy to answer your legal questions during a free and confidential consultation.
How much money will I get for my power outage claim?
Generally, the financial compensation you recover in a civil lawsuit depends on the type of damages you are pursuing. Potential damages your winter storm lawyer may be able to help you recover include the following:
- Current, past and future medical bills
- Lost Wages
- Loss of future earning capacity and job opportunities
- Property damage/ loss of property
- Cost for the repairs of the damaged property
- Current, past and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- General quality of life
- Loss of companionship/consortium
Additionally, punitive damages may also be available depending on the facts of your case.
Am I joining a class if I file a power outage claim?
While there are other law firms pursuing a class action, The Carlson Law Firm’s winter storm lawyers will be handling your claim on an individual basis. This means that your recovery is based on your unique circumstances and not a collective injury like in a class action.
Get help with your Texas Power Outage Claim
The Carlson Law Firm is a Texas-based law firm. Many of our own staff were victims of negligent power companies and their failure to winterize equipment. Their failures created dangerous conditions for millions of Texans. To make sure this never happens again, we are stepping up to assist our friends, family and neighbors in the Texas recovery efforts.
The winter storm will cost the state billions of dollars to recover from. It’s important that your recovery efforts are fairly compensated by the companies that failed you.
Contact a Texas Power Outage Claim Lawyer
If you suffered personal injuries, property damages to your home or business or business interruption from the Texas winter storm, call a Power Outage Lawyer at 800-359-5690, fill out a power outage contact form or start a chat below.