Yesterday, it was reported that the Commercial Court ruled that the Electricity Supply Board was 60 per cent liable for damage that was caused to UCC's campus in the wake of flooding in November 2009. The court also ruled that UCC was 40 per cent liable after a finding of contributory negligence on its part.
On Thursday 19th November 2009, Cork City and County experienced major flooding. Several key buildings in Cork were badly affected with many home and business owners finding themselves at a significant loss. While many would have claimed under their Home and/or Business Insurance policies, there were Corkonians who did not have insurance in place and saw their homes and livelihoods changed forever.
While the ESB has indicated that it wishes to consider the judgment further, it is hoped by other affected property owners, who have brought legal proceedings, that the decision will be accepted.
The Judgment also comes as a timely reminder for those home/business owners who have not already instituted proceedings that the clock is ticking.
There is a six year Statute of Limitations on bringing claims for compensation arising out of flooding incidents such as this. The flooding in Cork took place on the 19th November 2009, which means that the time expires in November 2015.
For those people affected by the flooding, who have not already started legal proceeding, they should seek legal advice immediately to ensure that they are not barred from bringing proceedings against the appropriate entity.
Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at +353 (0)21 -4275673 or [email protected] if you would like more information.
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