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Several years ago about a new water heater at Sears and had

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Several years ago about a new water heater at Sears and had them install it. In January 2015 The water heater stop the reason for that the wiring was incorrectly installed. My house is wire with aluminum wiring The water heater coming with copper wiring. If not properly wired together right it can cause a fire danger. It burned up the wires to my water heater I have pictures and damage parts . Now Sears refused to pay for the damages. And I told Sears they need to contact the installer and let him know what he did but a far as I know they didn't . Now can I suit Sears for damages.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Can you please tell me what state this is in?
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.
Thank you.
Yes, they can likely be sued if the person who installed this was their employer.
This would be a suit for negligence, based on the person's negligent installation. Actionable negligence consists of a duty, a violation thereof, and consequent injury. M & T CHEMICALS, INC. v. Westrick, 525 SW 2d 740 - Ky: Court of Appeals 1974.
Sears is also vicariously negligent for their employee's conduct under the doctrine of respondeat superior.
Even if he was just a contractor, there may be a way to hold them accountable the same way if the work the contractor was doing could be classified as "dangerous."
Of course, whatever amount is owed to them for the work may be voided in a judgment for damages against Sears.
Let me know if you need help finding counsel.
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