Can the electric company shut off my electric if my bill is overdueif I have a infant with a cleft palate?

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Can the electric company shut off my electric if my bill is overdueif I have a infant with a cleft palate?

I have a infant with a cleft palate and the electric company says its gonna shut off my power because of unpaid bill. Can they shut my power off?

Asked on September 22, 2010 under Business Law, Virginia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

In some states, there are times when utility companies can't shut off your water, gas, electric, and other utilities. Typically the elderly, seriously ill, and those caring for small children are usually protected, as well those who may be experiencing financial hardship.  However, VA appears to have no such policy.  However, in situations as yours, many times there is help if you have received a disconnect notice.  You should contact your state's local social services office. 


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