Can you sue your movers?

Toll Free
LOCAL MOVERS LONG DISTANCE MOVERS AUTO TRANSPORT INTERNATIONAL MOVERS MOVING REVIEWS ASK MOVING EXPERT MOVING GUIDES
  Home > Ask Moving Expert > Moving Companies > Can You Sue A Mover For Negligent Damage Above The 60Pound
Can you sue a mover for negligent damage above the .60/pound?

Movers moved items into storage unit. The next day I saw they turned tables over on top of iron benches; bookshleves on top of washer/dryer and more...no protection. i already see a lot of damage. is there protection above the .60/pound? Can I sue?

Asked by Cindy on 9/24/2013 under category Moving Companies

Rating :
 1.0
 1.0/5
  based on 2 visitor(s)    
124 Views 

1 Answer(s)

1.
Jenna Farmer
Answered on 9/25/2013

Hi, thank you for visiting Movers.com to find an answer to your important question. I’m very sorry to hear of your negative experience, but hopefully I can provide some information that will help you figure out what to do next.

Unfortunately, moving experiences don’t always go smoothly – between all the hauling, loading and unloading, sometimes items get damaged. The best way to protect yourself against any moving mishap is to get educated on the claims process.

Moving insurance

If you only opted for the basic insurance coverage offered by your company, the amount of damages you can recover is limited to the weight of the items, as suggested by the 60 cents per pound figure. For added protection, many people look into insurance from third-party providers for the move.

Deal with your movers directly

Above all else, you will want to have an honest conversation with your moving company – notify the company as soon as possible and inquire about specifics when it comes to handling complaints. After this, you must file a written complaint. 

According to federal regulations, movers cannot "voluntarily pay a claim … unless and until a formal claim in writing for a specified or determinable amount of money shall have been filed in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (b) of this section 49CFR370.3 – Filing of Claims." This means calling the company and lodging a verbal complaint does not hold them liable for response or resolution of said complaint. 

You can also file a claim with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the American Moving and Storage Association, and with the Better Business Bureau.

Get prepared 

If all else fails, you may end up in small claims court. Though this isn’t an ideal end to any situation, it may be unavoidable. Be sure to have all documentation of the damages, like before and after photos, receipts for proof of value, etc.

Was this answer helpful? Leave us a comment and let us know! 

Rate this question
Average Rating :
1.0
 1.0/5
based on 2 visitor(s)

Add Your Comments

Similar Questions as Above

 
Ask Moving Expert!
 

Ask us Categories
Moving Companies
Auto Transport
International Moving
Moving Truck Rental
Moving Labor
Self Storage
Others

 Popular Moving Guides
 
  1. Local Moves
  2. Full-Service Moving Company
  3. Ten Questions to Ask a Mover
  4. The Truck Driver’s Responsibilities
  5. The Movers Responsibilities
  6. Types of Moving Agents

Moving Tips & Guides
Use Labels, Stickers and Lists
Using labels, stickers and lists will undoubtedly keep you organized during your move. Color coding each room will make unpacking your moving truck that much easier and quicker. Labeling each box’s contents will make unpacking them smoother and you won’t be opening numerous boxes to find your coffee mugs the day after you move.
Saving Money While Moving
Moving can be expensive, but with some tricks up your sleeve you might save a few bucks. Reuse packing material or use alternative materials that you already have like towels and t-shirts for packing up fragile items. Move during the off-seasons of fall and winter. Write off some of your relocating expenses. Pack your own stuff – you won’t spend money on a service and you’ll be sure you packed everything. Downsizing your stuff will also help save you money. Most shipping companies charge by weig
Ask the Movers if there is ...
Many moving companies have rules and regulations restricting the items permitted on the truck, such as hazardous materials, plants, and animals.

© 2014 Movers.com. All Rights Reserved.The most user-friendly source for free moving quotes on the web.