FollowupID: 759135 Submitted:
Sunday, Apr 22, 2012 at 21:33
Ron N posted:
Stu & "Bob" - Nope. In those days (1982), you couldn't sue electricity suppliers (such as the SEC of W.A. my supplier) for supply faults or negligence. I got a pretty miserable payout from my own insurer, and had to be satisfied with that.
Now, here's the rub. If you recall the Ash Wednesday bushfires of the following year, 1983 - you probably know that many of the victims of those disastrous fires sued their local electricity suppliers in a class action, for negligence - and won.
QUOTE - "Melbourne
barrister Tim Tobin, QC, successfully represented hundreds of victims of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires in a class action against the State Electricity Commission.
The statutory authority was forced to pay out more than $300 million to more than 5000 claimants, after clashing power lines were found to have caused fires at Mount Macedon, north of Melbourne
, and Warrnambool, in the state's West." END QUOTE
Now, perhaps if I had employed a local Philadelphia lawyer - and was able to mount a class action with others - I might have been able to set a precedent and win some compensation from my electricity supplier.
As it was, I was unaware that there was even a ghost of a chance of sueing the SEC of W.A., so I never even thought about proceeding with any legal action against them.
The problem is of course, is that only after a fire, are you aware of the procedures you could have employed to protect irreplaceable items such as photos, mementos, trophies, heirlooms, etc etc. - and even compensation from the SEC of W.A. wouldn't have helped replace them. However, a heap of additional compensation certainly would have helped.
Cheers - Ron.