Moving and Storage Company Problems
Being scammed by a moving and storage company can be utterly devastating to the victim. The partial or total loss of one’s personal or business belongings can stop a business or stop one’s life . . . indefinitely.
Of course, litigation is always an option and one this Firm undertakes for consumers and businesses against moving and storage companies throughout New York City and Long Island. Of course, court can be a long, drawn out and grueling process, especially when one goes without personal items for an extended period. These companies often little defense to the partial or complete loss of the items they were entrusted to move or store.
But consistent with Department of Transportation regulations and licensing, these companies should have insurance. So, lawsuits involving them should be covered by a policy where they do not have to pay out of pocket for either damages or for their lawyers’ fees. That can allow an easier settlement or resolution with these companies.
One of the biggest weapons against such companies is to threaten a DOT license. If a company is on the defense from a claim that it violated a DOT rule or regulation, the consumer can get have the company’s back against the wall. The potential threat that a company would have to either temporarily or permanently cease business operations is a tremendous asset to a complaining consumer.
The New York DOT has a comprehensive list of due diligence procedures when choosing a company to avoid being scammed.
Much of this list seems obvious, and truly applies to any decision a consumer can make with respect to retaining a service professional. But this list shows the DOT is mindful of bad actors in the moving and storage arenas.
And the New York Attorney General is no stranger to these claims as well: See the A.G. Schneiderman Announces Lawsuit Against Syracuse Student Storage Company. The NYAG has pursued companies that conduct outright scams which amount to clear theft of a person’s items, with no response from the companies. These companies prey on vulnerable consumers who entrust their life’s possessions to the mover to handle them according to contract. The loss or damage of the materials can easily generate a devastating state of affairs for a consumer who relies on the possessions for simple daily living.
Our firm has handled cases of rogue workers simply stealing items, or the workers losing or damaging items beyond repair. These cases can be substantial depending on the value of the items moved and/or stored and subsequently lost.
Our firm in New York City and Long Island has brought numerous cases against moving companies for losing someone or some business’ belongings kept in its vehicle or facility or for which it was responsible, as well as for storing a consumers belongings in its facilities after being paid on a contract.
Benjamin Hart, P.C. has bought claims against moving and storage companies in New York City’s five boroughs, including New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Kings, Bronx, Staten Island (Richmond ) counties, Long Island’s Nassau & Suffolk Counties, Westchester, Orange, Rockland and certain up-state New York counties.