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Old 06-09-2011, 10:43 PM   #41
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I am truly sorry you had such a bad incident, if that offer is in writing then hold on to it and fight for more, if they don't give then fall back on it and call it your lucky day. If it isn't it writing, then take that $500 as fast as you can.
Unfortunately this is the reason most companies are very hesitant in giving apologies for inconveniences and things that are out of their hands, in writing. Because in the eyes of lawyers it is "admitting guilt", and in our sue happy society everyone feels they are entitled to compensation rather than take responsibility for themselves. As bad as it may sound I hope that the power company, if they gave it to him in writing, worded it correctly so as not to say they are at fault and that it was not signed. Which it sounds like they did because he said that they said it was not their fault and offered the $500 just to be nice.

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I am sure there was a good reason for them to turn the power off if they were doing things to a home. If you feel that they did not need to turn the power off then are you saying you would like to take responsibility for the workers that could be killed by getting hit by 220 or 480 VAC at 10,000 amps while they are fixing an electrical line going to a home? Your power could have been off for less than 5 mins, could have been all the time they needed to patch in a new line, depending on your return line sizes. you would be amazed at how fast 240 gallons can be drained from a tank.

Also I was not saying you didn't pay your bill, that was an analogy. In my opinion the power company already tried to make things more than right, but you want them to pay for your negligence as well. I hate to sound like a jerk but the Sue Happy American attitude really bothers me....
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I know that here, they are not responsible for anything set up improperly. Neither insurance nor anyone else will pay for damages caused by my inability to set up my tanks. For example, if this had happened at my last apartment, I would have been responsible for ALL damages incurred by the wter because I had failed to set it up.
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Definitely depends on the laws in his area. If there is a law saying a 24 hour notice is required then he deserves compensation. If not, he should take the 500 as quick as he can.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:04 PM   #44
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Unfortunately this is the reason most companies are very hesitant in giving apologies for inconveniences and things that are out of their hands, in writing. Because in the eyes of lawyers it is "admitting guilt", and in our sue happy society everyone feels they are entitled to compensation rather than take responsibility for themselves. As bad as it may sound I hope that the power company, if they gave it to him in writing, worded it correctly so as not to say they are at fault and that it was not signed. Which it sounds like they did because he said that they said it was not their fault and offered the $500 just to be nice.

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I am sure there was a good reason for them to turn the power off if they were doing things to a home. If you feel that they did not need to turn the power off then are you saying you would like to take responsibility for the workers that could be killed by getting hit by 220 or 480 VAC at 10,000 amps while they are fixing an electrical line going to a home? Your power could have been off for less than 5 mins, could have been all the time they needed to patch in a new line, depending on your return line sizes. you would be amazed at how fast 240 gallons can be drained from a tank.

Also I was not saying you didn't pay your bill, that was an analogy. In my opinion the power company already tried to make things more than right, but you want them to pay for your negligence as well. I hate to sound like a jerk but the Sue Happy American attitude really bothers me....
I would not advise suing anyone in this. I was simply stating that he should take it if they are offering, and if they have accepted fault try to negotiate for a little more. I too hate these lawsuits that have swarmed our legal system.
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OK for one thing I am not going to go to court over this what I was meaning by the fight is on was they told me that if I didn't want to take the five hundred I can take it to the power company's clam and litigation department and see if there is something that can be worked out I am not Sue. Happy so no that is not what I want to do and if they can't work something out I can still get there offer but yes it would b nice if they will help out because it will take me a long time to get my tank back to how it was.
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Take the amount offered and run. Lesson learned with some money in hand.
A pipe broke on my side of the water meter and my water company sent me a bill for $4000.00. I had to fight them for 2 yrs in court. Finally they dropped it. But cost me 1000 bucks to fight. They later credited my account the 1000 but the battle went on for a total of 5 years. Cities can be nasty. And they are powerful.
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Take the amount offered and run. Lesson learned with some money in hand.
A pipe broke on my side of the water meter and my water company sent me a bill for $4000.00. I had to fight them for 2 yrs in court. Finally they dropped it. But cost me 1000 bucks to fight. They later credited my account the 1000 but the battle went on for a total of 5 years. Cities can be nasty. And they are powerful.
I'll have to agree here,...take the money and run,...lick your wounds,...." rub some dirt on it ".... Try and set things up so it'll not happen again,..im surprised threy even offered you anything! ,.... Lesson learned,...time to move on to the next project
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Update: went to the power company's 3rd party claims company found them liable for the loss and awarded me 75% of replacement cost. So I got them to cover around 4500 bucks. So I guess that is good enough.....
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Hahahaha that made my day bud!

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Fantastic!! I am glad you got more for it but remember there is still a lesson to learn...next time it may not be their fault...so do what you gotta to make sure it doesn't happen again but congrats!!
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