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Update on Rhode Island National Grid Shut-Off

Posted by Robert T. Karns | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

National Grid Gas Service Slowly Restored

As of Monday morning at 9:00 am EST, National Grid workers have finally restored service to 95% of the Newport and Middletown customers affected by the gas shut-off. There are still a few remaining Aquidneck Island homes without gas service, however, most likely because their owners use these homes as seasonal secondary residences.

National Grid is continuing to work with individuals and homeowners on a case-by-case basis, and at this time, they are offering limited reimbursement for any hotel and meal costs. However, for most families and business owners, this will not be enough to account for any job losses, injuries, or property damage sustained during the week-long shut-off. If you would like to file a claim against National Grid, our Rhode Island class action lawyers at Karns & Kerrison are here to help.

Contact us at (888) 281-3100 for a consultation.

After the Shut-Off: Long-Term Consequences

Since Governor Gina Raimondo first announced a state of emergency on Monday, January 21st, more than 7,100 Rhode Island residents have been frozen in their own homes – and facing major health issues and financial problems as a result. According to reports, National Grid shut down the gas lines out of an “abundance of caution,” after officials noticed a disturbing lack of pressure. This is believed to stem from a supply-chain issue at Algonquin Gas Transmission Co, the natural gas supplier for National Grid.

Many Middletown and Newport residents have already called our legal team, asking if they have grounds to hold National Grid and its affiliates liable for damages. Because of the sheer length and scope of this gas service shut-off, added to extreme winter weather conditions, any affected Rhode Island residents may indeed have grounds to pursue a class-action lawsuit.

If your gas service was shut off, you may also be suffering from the following long-term issues:

  • Loss of business revenue
  • Job loss
  • Continuing unemployment
  • Property damage
  • Increased debt burden
  • Exacerbated health conditions
  • Illness and injury
  • Damaged pipes and plumbing lines
  • Pain and suffering

Have you experienced any of the issues listed above? Our compassionate class action lawyers at Karns & Kerrison can help you seek maximum compensation and hold National Grid accountable for its negligence. Call us at (888) 281-3100 or contact our firm online for more information.

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