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Damages caused by loss of electricity



My wife works from home, using the internet. We experienced a loss of power during an hour when she was supposed to be working. As a result, we had to spend money to rent her an office elsewhere, where there was power, so that she could work. The truth is the whole street lost power, not just our apartment. Do we have a claim against the electric company? I would also appreciate any information on the practicality of making such a claim against the Israeli electric company. I do not have enough experience whether to know if it is feasible to actually collect this money.

Thank you very much in advance!



Thank you for your question.

You must be pretty upset that your electricity was turned off for that time. We all have setbacks and disappointments, and this seems to be one of them. It is not a very good idea to try and sue the electric company for the rent that you had to pay for a few hours while the electric was off. First of all, if the electric company was an ones, halachically they might not have to pay you. Secondly, the lawyer’s cost, and the amount of time that you will have to invest in this will cost you a lot more than the price of the extra rent. In the end you will most probably not get anything out of them trying the court system, except for a lot of unneeded heartache.

In the mean-time, accept it that this aggravation is from shomayim, and it should be a kapara.

Best wishes



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