The winter storm which rocked Texas in the early months of 2021 left a wake of destruction and, unfortunately, death. Following the devastating power outages across the state, many vulnerable individuals were left in precarious predicaments. Unfortunately, loss of life occurred. Some Texas residents have decided to use the legal system to demand justice for loved ones who suffered during these unprecedented times.
Colinda Meza, a resident of Austin, has filed a lawsuit against Austin Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), claiming damages of $1 million after her mother, Connie May Richey, died during the freeze. According to Colinda, Connie’s urinary catheter froze during 4-days of power loss. According to statements from Austin Energy made during the freeze, power outages would not exceed 40 minutes.
Gross Negligence and Wrongful Death
Colinda Mesa’s attorneys have claimed that Austin Energy and ERCOT exhibited “gross negligence” during their handling of the storm. Although lawyers fro Austin Energy and ERCOT have not issued their own statements, it seems likely that we will be hearing more about this lawsuit as it unfold.
In total, over 210 individuals died during the Texas freeze. Not all of these were due to exposure to sub-freezing temperatures, however. Vehicle accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning, and falls are just a few of the other tragic accidents which led to loss of life during this devastating weather event.
If a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident that wasn’t their fault, Rachel Montes and the team at Montes Law Group are here to help. You can call Montes Law Group at 214.522.9401 for a free case consultation.