How to identify, diagnose and report power surge damage

Mark Jones
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How-to identify, diagnose and prove that the power surges that were caused by an affiliate of the power company destroyed my electronics. All my electonics have very strange behaviors. They are all damaged. As i'm sure all the other electical devices of all 150+ homes that were also plugged in are damaged as well. (Mobile Home Park)  I would be needing to be able to prove this.

So my question is: I'm attempting to prove this occurred, and I'm looking for the proper authorities to take this issue to. Where would I go about that?
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I would be needing 2 be able 2 prove this.

The only way you can prove this, in a legally acceptable fashion, is to get everybody together whose equipment was damaged, hire a Professional Engineer (E.E., Electrical Engineer) who specializes in power systems, and have him investigate it.

Then you'll need to take it to court, because you can bet that the company that caused this problem has done it before, will ignore anything you do other than legal action, and knows how to dispose of anything you can do on your own.  They have lawyers; at this time you do not; to fight on an equal basis you will need a lawyer too.

So.  PE time at $300 an hour, lawyer time about the same, you'll have to get everybody together and say "Is it worth fighting this given those costs?"

You might be able to sue the power company for negligence in not notifying you to disconnect everything before the work began.  But if they did in fact warn you to disconnect everything and not reconnect until told it was safe to do so, i/m/o there's very little chance of collecting anything from any of the entities involved in this sad affair.

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Thank you for your thorough input, Dr.Klahn!

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Dr.Klahn,

You'e a brilliant mind, to be sure.  Thank you so very much for your thorough advice!

Much Gratitude,

Mark Jones

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