Utility Company Sued In Woman’s Death
National Grid is being sued by the family of a 54-year-old Salem, New Hampshire woman who died after her power was shut off in June, reports the Eagle-Tribune.
When the power was shut off due to the $900 due on the bill, the electrical powered oxygen machine she needed to breathe went off. Although she was rushed to the hospital about an hour later, she died three days later.
According to records, the woman had failed to renew the medical protection on her account even though National Grid had made repeated requests for her to do so. The Rockingham County Attorney and the Public Utilities Commission investigations found National Grid was not responsible for the woman’s death. National Grid claims its actions conformed completely to New Hampshire’s regulations.
The wrongful death lawsuit alleges the utility company was negligent because the utility company was aware of the woman’s medical condition and shut off the power anyway, which would be illegal.
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