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I filed a property damage claim against a water company. The company representative. I do not want to mention the company or the rep's name.
Yes, the water company is part of a municipality. The water company's main water broke and flooded my business. They have accepted the responsibility, but they are trying to avoid the replacement cost for my resale items.
Just for clarification, in your own opinion municipalities cannot claim an exempt to standard depreciation rule? On a side note, the water main break has occurred thrice within the past four years, at the same location, and water main pipe. The pipe was not properly repaired the first two occurrences, until it was finally replaced the third time. If I was forced to go to court on this claim, could I file for all other claims that was not originally filed such as negligence, etc? Thanks for your prompt assistance and clarification. I am just getting ready to run some errands but will respond to your answer in a couple of hours or so.
I forgot to mention that the item for resale were used parts that I purchased between 2009 and 2011 for repairs of older equipments. Unfortunately the receipts were destroyed by the flood. However, i have submitted quotes from reputable sellers of same parts.
The municipality position is that since the items are old technology they are going to depreciate it despite the fact they are parts for repair -- would this hold any water? In your own opinion, if a legal representation is warranted, what are the chances that a lawyer could take this case on consignment?
I liked your answers. They were concise and succinct.
About $200,000.00 plus damages ( punitive damages for negligence)
The $200K includes property damage and business loss income. Yes, punitive damages are not included in the $200K
What kind of lawyers would you suggest might have expertise with this kind of case?
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