What are my rights if a moving company lost some of my property and damaged many things as well?

UPDATED: Nov 14, 2011

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What are my rights if a moving company lost some of my property and damaged many things as well?

This was 9 months ago. I was told that we could look at the truck when they were done but they left immediately after they claimed the truck was empty without my knowing it. Then they denied my claim for items because they were “missing” but they were missing because they never dropped off the items. Can I sue them for my “missing” belongings?

Asked on November 14, 2011 under General Practice, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Of course you can sue them. Whether it is that they careless broke or lost your goods, or deliberately stole them, the movers are liable for the destruction or loss of property in their care. Since you don't have direct evidence of what happened, you'd need to be able to show (e.g. by testimony; by any receipts of acknowledgments of what the movers had possession of; etc.) that the property was moved or placed onto their truck but then did not come off it. For smaller amounts (less than, say $2,000) you're probably better off bringing the action in small claims court and acting as your own attorney. Good luck.

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