Hi, my name is Bryce, the other day i went shopping was in the store for maybe 30 minutes and came out into the parking lot to see my car almost completely under water. Obviously there is water damage and my car insurance won't cover it.
The store insurance company is claiming they will not cover anything because they are in no way at fault. They had un-maintained construction surrounding their parking lot which held most of the water. Also as far as i remember there were NO drains in the parking lot.
I'm trying to find out if i can sue the store or the construction company, as i do not have the money to buy a new vehicle or get it repaired, this is also my only means of transportation to and from work. Have pictures of the water and my car. Going back tomorrow to take more of the lot.
Find an attorney in Pennsylvanie that specializes in premises liability actions. Someone is most likely to blame for the damage to your car. An attorney may be able to help you find the responsible party!!
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It sounds like the stronger claim is against the construction company if they caused the water to flood the parking lot. You should consult with an attorney in PA to know your rights. You should also open a claim with your auto insurance company.
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Assuming there was a bad storm and minimal to no drainage, you may have a claim against the landlord but you would need experts to prove it and it may not be cost effective based on value of car...especially if you did not insure the car itself.
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In most cases there is someone to blame. It is hard to tell by the facts you provided but sounds like the construction company could be at fault.
I would first check your insurance policy to see if you chose "Comprehensive" coverage.
I would contact a local accident lawyer in Harrisburg. Alternatively, you could consider an insurance lawyer. Good luck!
You can go after the negligent party for damages however you need to find who is at fault. A good attorney will be able to assist you with this matter.
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