Can the electric company disconnect electricity for a past due bill if someone in the home is on a life support system?

My wife is on a life support system and we got behind on the electric bill. We received a letter from them stating that they are going to disconnect the power if the full past due amount is not paid by the 20th. There is no way that we can get it paid by then. My wife is on SSD and I work full-time but it is hard to make ends meet when the electric bill is so high.

Asked on November 4, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, West Virginia


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your wife is truly on a life support system needing electricity that you are past due on its payments for, you need to consult immediately with an attorney about the situation that you are in and seek an injunction to keep the electricity on.

The reason is that the utility company has every right to shut off your power because your utility bill is delinquent. In the interim, I would call and write the utility company about your situation and the need to keep the power on.

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