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Seven-Figure Settlement Reached Against Electric Utility

In the aftermath of a snowstorm, Dominion Virginia Power worked to restore electrical service to homes in the Arlington, Virginia area. In so doing, their representative accidentally reconnected the service entrance cable (rated to withstand only 600 volts) for the insured’s property with an electrical transmission line carrying 16,000 volts. This tremendous surge of electrical power caused a fire in the basement of the insured’s home and extensive structural and smoke damage throughout the premises. In September 2013, Brian Tetro secured a pre-suit settlement of $1.25 million, which represented nearly 80 percent of paid damages.

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