Thanks to Gadget Lust, Lightning Damage Claims Surge

 Friday, June 29, 2012

 Bloomberg Businessweek

A month after moving into his condo in Norton, Mass., in 2011, a lightning bolt struck Jim Crook’s attic and ran straight down the side of the house, frying a brand new 50-inch Panasonic Viera television and his XBox 360. His insurance company matched the $1,300 he lost. “The first couple months after I was pretty jittery and was unplugging the TV anytime thunderclouds would come around,” says Crook. Still, he didn’t install new safeguards other than the common surge protector. “I was so happy with the way I was covered the first time that I didn’t feel the need to upgrade,” he says.