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We had a landscaper working at our house and he dropped a load of rock on my daughter's car (after he was told the car would be moved in 10 minutes). It is an older car but is in mint condition. His insurance offered to pay $900 of an $1800 repair bill (due to the age of the car). He refuses to pay the cost to cover the rest of the damage. What is our recourse?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And how old is the car?

MN. I believe it is from the early 90's. It was her grandma's car that hadn't been drive in 10 years was kept in mint condition.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you contacted the manufacturer?

No. Can you explain to me what they would do?

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Not that I can think of.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Legal
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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 10 months ago
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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 10 months ago

If the insurance company for the contractor will not offer a reasonable settlement, your daughter's recourse is to fall back to filing a lawsuit against the contractor (not the insurance company).

Because of the amount involved, your daughter can sue in small claims court. Small claims court is designed to be a "user friendly", simplified process, so that you can present a claim without an attorney. Also, it moves much more quickly than regular court. You can get the necessary forms to start from the clerk of the court.

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