Queens Public Utility Negligence Attorney Pursue’s Negligence

Dedicated to representing victims of injuries caused by utilities

Bhurtel Law Firm has the experience and resources to help you collect compensation if you have been injured because of a public utility company’s negligence.

Our personal injury attorney handles a variety of claims arising out of accidents caused by public utility companies, including:

  • Power outages: The loss of power creates risky situations for electric company customers. Sometimes outages are no one’s fault, such as those caused by bad weather. However, an exploding transformer can be the result of improper installation or a manufacturing defect.
  • Power lines: Electric companies are responsible for making sure overhead wires are not at risk from overgrown tree limbs and other hazards. Insufficient electrical pole height, inadequate separation from other wires or too much slack in a line can create extremely dangerous situations.
  • Gas lines: A leaking gas line can cause an explosion. A gas company must use reasonable care when it installs gas pipes, and it is responsible for defects in any pipes, meters or fittings that are caused by negligence.

Can the power companies be held liable for loss of power during a storm?

People and businesses know their electricity may go out during a storm. The loss of power causes dangerous conditions, including:

  • Darkened staircases
  • Spoiled food
  • Loss of traffic lights
  • Inoperative security monitors

Except under special circumstances, electric companies, such as Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), cannot be held responsible for the loss of power during a storm. The New York Court of Appeals has held that a public utility company’s liability is limited to damages caused by the utility’s willful misconduct or gross negligence.  This means a claimant must prove a greater degree of fault than regular negligence.

To successfully pursue your claim, our attorney must prove:

  • You are a customer of the power company
  • You had a loss of power
  • The power outage caused your injuries
  • The power company’s gross or willful negligence caused the outage

Contact us for a free consultation — we are focused on your negligence case

Bhurtel Law Firm provides flexible hours at its offices in Jackson Heights and Manhattan. We serve Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Nassau County, as well as international clients. To schedule an appointment with our attorney, contact us by email or call us at 718-509-6181. In personal injury cases, we offer free initial consultations and are compensated on a contingency-fee basis, which means you owe us nothing unless you receive compensation. We speak Nepali, Hindi, Urdu and Spanish.