I am very sorry to hear this; fortunately no one was in the backyard.
A company, just like an individual, is liable for their actions. For example, negligence is defined as a failure to perform with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. The behavior usually consists of actions, but may consist of omissions when there is some duty to act. This cause of action has 5 elements: the existence of a legal duty to exercise reasonable care; a failure to exercise reasonable care; harm caused by the negligent conduct; physical harm of actual damages; and proximate cause (reasonably foreseeable damages). By entering without permission onto one's property and causing property damage, the company would be liable for the foreseeable damages, and that is generally construed to mean replacement value - ie the cost to repair or replace the damaged item, since the item did not need replaced but for ("but for" is what gives proximate cause) their negligence.
If the court finds that the company acted egregiously, so that the court has a public policy interest in discouraging this company or others from acting in a similar manner, the court may also award punitive damages- money damages designed to punish the party.
Most companies have insurance, so the insurance company should be contacted to negotiate a settlement.
If the amount is less than $5,000, then small claims is appropriate:
If the company fails to negotiate, one can hire an attorney to assist with negotiations and with filing court documents.
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