Texas Ice Storm Lawsuits
Were you and your family members among the four million Texans who lost electricity during the deadly winter storm Uri in February 2021? Was your residential or commercial property damaged due to the extreme cold conditions and lack of power? If so, you could be eligible for compensation from Texas’ power grid operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
Our lawyers are investigating claims on behalf of people just like you whose lives and livelihood were put at serious risk due to the negligence of ERCOT and other entities. The non-profit corporation that operates Texas’ power grid absolutely failed to heed warnings (some a decade old) that without adequate measures, Texas’ electrical network could collapse in severe and prolonged cold weather conditions. This event happened, despite warnings and directly due to the company’s inaction.
Currently, more than 70 people (and counting) have died as a result of the loss of power and freezing conditions. Millions more were forced to endure freezing temperatures without heat, water, and basic necessities. Homeowners, property owners, and business owners were forced to deal with burst pipes, flooding, and other damage.
What makes matters worse is that while no one can control the weather, we can control how we prepare for it. ERCOT and the power companies were aware of the strain that a cold weather event could have on their systems, and ignored the warning signs. They could have invested in winterizing their plants to protect their customers, but they intentionally did not. When companies put the pursuit of profits over the safety of their customers and those who rely on them, our experienced attorneys will be ready to stand up and demand answers, justice, and fair compensation. Contact us by phone, fill out a contact form, or chat with us online now.
Compensation for Your Losses
In the aftermath of this devastating winter storm, you could be owed compensation for the harm you suffered due to ERCOT and the power providers’ failure to adequately prepare their systems to protect their customers. Depending on your situation, you could be owed compensation for:
- Injuries suffered by you or those you love
- Wrongful death
- Damage to your home
- Damage to your personal belongings
- Electricity over-charges
- Denial of insurance claims
- Damage to commercial property
- Business interruption costs
- Denial of insurance claims
Who Is Responsible?
The widespread and catastrophic failure of Texas’ power grid has led lawmakers and other groups to question ERCOT and other entities responsible for providing power to Texans over their actions and inaction.
ERCOT, in particular, has been aware of the need for cold weather preparedness after a similar cold weather event occurred almost exactly ten years ago in February 2011. Despite multiple warnings, ERCOT failed to adequately prepare for winter storms like Uri. Ultimately, the company was unable to reliably generate or transmit enough power to meet the demands of its clients, leaving millions of Texans to endure nearly a week of freezing temperatures without electricity.
As early as February 9th, ERCOT had been warned of an impending weather storm. Three days later, Governor Greg Abbott had issued a disaster declaration ahead of the storm. Despite these warnings, ERCOT still failed to take any action to prepare for the storm and the demands that would be placed on the system. For reference, ERCOT did not reserve enough energy capacity to meet the demands or evaluate the integrity of its system. The total energy use in Texas during the freeze topped out at 69,000 megawatts, which is less than what is typically needed during the summer months.
By the 14th of February, Texas was plunged into freezing conditions and more than 4.4 million people were left without power in their homes and buildings. As a result, more than 70 people died, and countless others were injured or experienced significant property damage.
How We Can Help
Our Texas Ice Storm lawyers are here to demand answers and justice on behalf of Texas families and business owners. We will put all of our resources and experience toward holding the negligent power companies accountable for the harm they’ve caused due to their negligence.
The type of compensation you could be owed will depend on your particular situation, so contact us today to find out more about how we can help. In general, you could be owed compensation if you were one of the millions of Texans stranded without power for days and were injured or were unable to work as a result.
If your residential or commercial property also suffered significant damage as a result of the storm, we can also assist you with your first-party property damage claims as well.
This catastrophic event caused significant suffering across Texas, and the power companies could and should be forced to pay for what they’ve done or what they failed to do. Our team will be ready to make sure that they do. Call us right away to speak with a skilled and compassionate Texas Ice Storm lawyer today.