Can You Sue Your Moving Company for Damage?

List: Posted: 03/05/12

You trust the moving company to manage your belongings properly, and with care, to prevent damage.  However, in some situations, damage happens.  If you can prove the company was reckless and negligent, you may be able to sue the company to get back some of the loss you are dealing with.  How likely you are to win such a case depends on state laws and the circumstances of the situation though.

 

The first thing to do is to document the damage.  Take lots of photos and describe the outcome of the move.  You also need to have the full names of the movers to ensure you can prove they were there.  Know the worth of the damage, either based on sales receipts or estimates on replacement value.

 

Read through the contract you signed with the company.  If there are any types of clauses that limit responsibility for damages, note them.  Most moving companies have wording within the contract that releases responsibility for damage that is unavoidable or that occurs when the company is taking great care to protect your items.  You will need to show that the employees of the moving company did not do this to win your suit.

 

If you believe the movers were negligent, contact your attorney to file a lawsuit.  You can sue in small claims court without an attorney, but having an attorney by your side for larger lawsuits can help you.  Otherwise, visit the local small claims court and file a complaint.  You can then request a hearing to determine responsibility.  The process could lead to the company having to pay you for the damage. 

 

Furniture & Household Goods Movers

    It is true that we have one of the most modern fleets in the industry and warehouse operations that are the envy of our competitors. However, the real reason for our success has been our people. We take great pride in our staff and work hard to train all of our employees thoroughly. As a result, we have the best staff in the industry. They are why year after year we exceed our goals and provide quality moving services to individuals and corporations throughout the world. Everyone at Collins Brothers, an agent of Atlas Van Lines, has a deep commitment to service. Because of this commitment, you can expect a high level of professionalism in every move we handle.

    • 45181 Global Plz Ste 150
    • Dulles, VA 20166
    • (703) 661-6045

      The mission of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Herndon is to continuously strive to exceed your expectations in value and high standard of satisfaction. And we are doing it again and again through our 96% referral rate as customers continue to recommend our company to friends and family for their home and business moving needs.

      • 22900 Shaw Rd Suite 124 Ste 124
      • Sterling, VA 20166
      • (703) 662-5198
      • 44152 Tippecanoe Ter
      • Ashburn, VA 20147
      • (703) 726-0732
      • 44466 Chilum Pl
      • Ashburn, VA 20147
      • (703) 729-6200

      Discussion

      Did you enjoy this article? Let us know what you think.

      Rating
      Add a Comment

      Clear

      The material in this article is for informational purposes only. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Local.com. See Additional Information

      Advertisement

      More about local.com Features

      Socialize With Us
       

      © 2015 Local Corporation - US Patent 7,231,405
      Some data provided by Acxiom. Questions and Comments?