National Grid Sued Over Disconnecting Power to Oxygen Machine, Causing Woman’s Death

National Grid Sued Over Disconnecting Power to Oxygen Machine, Causing Woman's DeathThe husband of a woman who died after electricity was cut off to her home and therefore the oxygen machine she relied on to breathe has filed a personal injury lawsuit against National Grid.

New Hampshire resident Stephen Phaneuf claims he arrived home at around 10 a.m. after working an overnight shift to find the power disconnected and his wife Kay unconscious on the bathroom floor, The Associated Press reports. She died three days later.

The woman had an account known as a medical protection notice set up with National Grid which would have prevented such a shutoff, but she had let it lapse, placing it back under the company's regular collections rules. Once the protection was removed, her account was 60 days and $900 past due, and National Grid shut off power to her home, the state Public Utilities Commission discovered. 

However, according to the Eagle Tribune, Stephen Phaneuf claims that National Grid was notified at least eight times of the hazards that shutting off power would have on his wife's health. His personal injury lawsuit reportedly seeks "damages in an amount sufficient to compensate [Stephen Phaneuf] for his losses" as well as enhanced damages. He seeks a jury trial.