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I pressure cleaned a customers driveway and snapped some christmas

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i pressure cleaned a customers driveway and snapped some christmas lights by tripping over them. They are claiming they got an electric shock when they turned the plug on and threatening to sue. The wiring however was very shoddy using an indoor extension lead not properly water protected. I think the customer is to blame for not using due care to set up the lights or not giving me prior warning about the hazard. Am i correct?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Luckily i have photos that show the shoddy wiring before i started the work
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 2 years ago.
Yes, you should have been warned about the hazard if it was not obvious to you.
There are two issues here if your client decides to sue you:
your client would need to show what loss they have suffered;
your client will also need to show that it was your actions which caused the loss.
Likewise for you if you decide to sue them.
In my opinion, they will very likely be unable to meet the above requirements without evidence supporting their claim. You may not get any further work from them but that's about it as far as your liability is concerned.
Hope this helps