Legal Liability

Legal Liability

Listed here are some of the complaints from lawsuits filed against contractors. Some of these complaints you may not have even considered – all the more reason to make sure that jobs are completed per the order you receive and done correctly.   The reputation of your company and the opportunity to get new business can be cruical in this business.   Some of the most common claims are personal items that are taken, missing or damaged and incorrect winterizations.

When claims are filed there can be costly consequences; higher insurance premium and the inability to even get insurance are the most common. Here’s the complaints taken directly from the lawsuits:

  • PROPERTY  DAMAGED OR DESTROYED
  • BELONGINGS MISSING OR STOLEN FROM HOME WHEN SECURED
  • CONTRACTOR REMOVED PERSONAL PROPERTY
  • DAMAGED DOORS AND LEFT HOUSE OPEN TO THIEVES AND VANDALS
  • TOOK PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION
  • PROPERTY DAMAGED
  • PROPERTY TAKEN DURING EVICTION PROCEEDINGS
  • TENANTS ALLEGES LOCKS CHANGED AND PERSONAL PROPERTY LOST
  • STOLE OR DAMAGED PROPERTY ON A FORECLOSURE
  • PROPERTY GIVEN AWAY INSTEAD OF BEING STORED
  • WRONGFUL ENTRY AND CONVERSION OF  PROPERTY
  • PROPERTY DAMAGED CAUSED BY MOLD INFESTATION
  • DAMAGED RESULTING FROM FAILED WINTERIZATION
  • PROPERTY NEVER BOARDED ALLOWING VANDALISM
  • SECURED OR LOCKS CHANGED ON WRONG PROPERTY
  • PROPERTY WINTERIZED- SPRINKLER SYSTEM ON PROPERTY WAS NOT REPORTED SYSTEM FROZE CAUSING WATER DAMAGE
  • PROPERTY WINTIERIZED DID NOT TURN OFF SPRINKLER SYSTEM, PIPES FROZE AND BROKE CAUSING WATER DAMAGE
  • PROPERTY REPORTED IN CONVEYENCE WHEN PROPERY HAD FIRE DAMAGE
  • WEED WHACKING, ROCK FLEW UP AND BROKE GLASS DOOR
  • CUT POWER TO SUMP PUMP – FLOODING OCCURRED
  • TRESPASSED INTO HOME THAT WAS NOT VACANT OR WRONG HOUSE
  • NOT WINTERIZED CORRECTLY RESULTING IN FREEZE DAMAGE
  • TRIPPED ON CRUMBLING STEPS THAT WAS TO BE REPAIRED
  • REMOVED VEHCILES FROM PROPERTY WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORIZATION
  • WINTERIZED WRONG PROPERTY
  • IMPROPER WINTERIZATION CAUSING WATER DAMAGE
  • CONTRACTED TO DUE REPAIR ON FORECLOSURED PROPERTY- ALLEGATION OF MOLD AND MILDEW DUE TO LACK OF PERFORMANCE
  • DAMAGED FLOORS WHEN REMOVING WINDOW AC UNIT
  • PROPERTY PRESERVATION ORDERED, POOL NOT SECURE, CHILD FELL IN POOL
  • FAILED TO TURN WATER VALVE OFF CAUSING WATER DAMAGE

2 comments

  1. Just wanted to let you know that the word ‘libel’ means “any written or printed matter tending to injure a person’s reputation, unjustly”, similar to the word ‘slander’.

    I’m pretty sure you meant to use the word, ‘liable’ as in ‘liability’.

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