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Old 06-07-2007, 12:35 PM
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Question Power Surge Damage Liability

I was victim of a prolonged power spike two weeks ago which resulted in a great deal of electrical equipment being damaged. Does anyone know where the liability lies as I am thinking of claiming against the distributor for compensation?
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Old 06-07-2007, 8:18 PM
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A very complicated subject.

Depends what caused the surge, and sure as eggs is eggs they are not going to accept responsibility readily.

If they are at fault I believe they have limited liablity - but what surge protection measures did you take? What equipment did you have to measure the spike amplitude and duration? any neighbours affected? etc etc.

Covered here and on other sites without anything concrete being decided:

Good luck - you have a fight ahead!

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Old 07-07-2007, 9:34 AM
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Power surges happen all the time, I have no idea on whether or not you can claim for them. If you have important electrical equipment ALWAYS use a surge protection device to link it to the mains. I would NEVER link a computer directly to the mains and have one on all my TV's, videos etc.

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