How to Handle ERCOT Claims – AustinLast updated on: March 23, 2021
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“ERCOT” is the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. This company is responsible for the flow of electricity to millions of Texans. If ERCOT is negligent, or fails to properly do its job, it may result in widespread blackouts. Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys in Austin help people who have suffered due to ERCOT’s negligence file claims.
If you have been injured due to ERCOT’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or property damage. Our experienced ERCOT personal injury attorneys in Austin may be able to help. We have the ability to help guide you through every step of the legal process. Call Zinda Law Group today at (888) 988-7063 for your 100% free consultation.
ERCOT AND WINTER STORM URI
In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri devastated the Northwest, South, and Midwest United States. This storm was followed by the coldest temperatures seen in decades in the south-central states. Many states went without power and experienced heavy snowfall. For example, Seattle, Oregon, saw 11.1 inches of snow from the storm. In Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reported their heaviest snowfall in over ten years.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million customers in Texas. This represents approximately 90% of the state’s entire electric load. ABC News reported that ERCOT is now facing lawsuits and resignations after more than 4 million customers lost electricity during Winter Storm Uri. One lawsuit alleged that, despite receiving multiple warnings, ERCOT failed to ensure reliable generating capacity to endure freezing temperatures, forcing many of its customers to go without power, and therefore heat, for long periods of time.
ERCOT’s top board leaders announced that they will step down amid the outrage over how the energy company handled the storm. As of the writing of this article, four board directors submitted their resignations. Further, a candidate for a board director position had withdrawn his name from consideration.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to the negligence of ERCOT, you may be entitled to compensation. Zinda Law Group lawyers are here to help you with your ERCOT claim in Austin. Contact us today to discuss what your case may be worth. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
HOW TO HANDLE YOUR AUSTIN ERCOT CLAIM
If you have been injured due to the negligence or intentional actions of ERCOT, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Zinda Law Group attorneys have the ability to help you through each step of the legal process. Our experienced attorneys can help you show liability, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for you in court if a settlement cannot be made. Below are the steps you should take to help you handle your ERCOT claim in Austin:
1. Determine Negligence
The first step you should take before filing an ERCOT personal injury claim, is to determine negligence. You must be able to prove that ERCOT, or its employees, were negligent or acted with malicious intent. For example, you must be able to show that your injuries would not have occurred but for the company’s negligence.
If you have been injured due to the widespread blackout during Winter Storm Uri, you may be able to show that the energy company failed to plan for the cold weather despite multiple warnings, leading to the collapse of its electrical network, or has otherwise failed to follow established industry practices and procedures.
2. Document Your Claim
After you have determined ERCOT was negligent, the next step is to properly document your claim. You should take pictures of any injuries, all of your property damage, and anything else that may be, or become, relevant in your Austin ERCOT claim. An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to discuss your case and help you determine what pictures you should take and maintain for your future lawsuit.
Next, you should write down everything that happened leading up to the blackout, as well as all relevant information occurring during or after the blackout. It may take a significant amount of time before your lawsuit is brought to court, so it is important to keep a detailed log of the incident and how your injuries occurred before you forget.
Further, you should seek immediate medical attention for your injuries. Your injuries may be more serious than you believe, so it is important to seek medical attention from a medical professional. A medical professional will also be able to create an official medical record of all of your injuries, as well as their costs. This may come in handy later on when negotiating a settlement agreement with ERCOT.
Call an ERCOT Personal Injury Attorney in Austin
After you have documented your claim, you should call an ERCOT personal injury attorney in Austin. An experienced lawyer may be able to walk you through each step of the legal process. At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have helped countless individuals get the compensation they deserve for their injuries and property damage. Our attorneys have the ability to investigate your case, determine negligence, negotiate with insurance companies, and much more.
Zinda Law Group believes that you should not have to worry about expensive legal fees on top of your medical bills and property damage costs. Therefore, we work on a contingency fee basis. That means that you do not pay us anything unless we are able to get you compensation in your ERCOT lawsuit. Our knowledgeable attorneys are here for you and your family during this difficult time.
NO WIN, NO FEE GUARANTEE
Attorney fees and costs will vary with each different case. Further, different attorneys will require different kinds of compensation. For example, some attorneys will require an expensive retainer, upfront, before they will begin work on a new case. Other attorneys bill their clients for each hour they work. At Zinda Law Group, we believe in a “No Win, No Fee Guarantee.” This guarantee is otherwise known as working on a “contingency fee” basis.
Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys only get paid if they are successful in winning your case. Put in other words, your responsibility to pay is contingent upon a successful outcome in your lawsuit.
Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group believe that working on a contingency fee basis gives us an added incentive to work quickly, competitively, and more strategically on every case we take. We have the knowledge, ability, and experience necessary to help you with every aspect of your ERCOT lawsuit. Our main objective is to provide each one of our clients with top quality legal representation without the stress of our clients having to pay immediate legal fees. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today to discuss your case.
WHAT IS MY POTENTIAL COMPENSATION?
If you are thinking of filing a lawsuit for your injuries, you may be wondering how much your case might be worth. Each case is different, and no law firm will be able to guarantee a certain amount of compensation. The amount of compensation you may receive is dependent upon many factors, such as the severity of your injuries and the amount of property damage you have sustained.
There are two main types of compensation, or “damages,” that you may be awarded. These damages are referred to as “economic” and “non-economic” damages and are described in more detail below.
The first kind of damages are economic damages. Economic damages are the compensation you may receive as a result of monetary losses you have suffered due to the accident. These types of damages are easily added by combining bills, receipts, and other out-of-pocket costs. Examples of economic damages may include:
- Pharmaceutical costs
- Hospital bills
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Loss of earning capacity
Non-economic damages are more subjective than economic damages and are not as easily calculated. These damages are also referred to as “general” damages and are not meant to compensate the victim for their out-of-pocket costs. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
CALL A ZINDA LAW GROUP PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER TODAY TO BEGIN YOUR ERCOT CLAIM
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is responsible for providing electricity to millions of individuals. If ERCOT fails to adequately do its job, therefore, millions of Texans will suffer. Blackouts will result in a lack of heat for these individuals, possibly causing severe injury, or even death. If you have suffered due to ERCOT’s negligence, Zinda Law Group personal injury attorneys are here to help you and your family.
Zinda Law Group personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to negotiate on your behalf and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact one of our ERCOT personal injury attorneys in Austin today at (888) 988-7063 to discuss your case. You do not pay us anything unless we are able to get you compensation in your case. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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