When one of my roommates was moving in a couple months ago she asked to use my car to move some of her stuff and i agreed. The next morning my car was parked facing the opposite direction than normal, only to find a dent on my passenger bumper. I immediately sent her a text with pictures of the damage and she claims she didn’t run into anything & that someone may have possibly side swept it while she left it parked in an alleyway. She offered to fix it & I went and got an estimate to give her. She said that it was a lot and offered to check with her insurance or ask a friends dad to get rid of the dent. It’s been a couple months and I’ve heard nothing back & when I went to ask her about it she became rude about it saying that she didn’t do it & I could’ve done it (which i definitely did not) & hoe it’s an unforseeen accident. She stayed that she considers us to be even because she puppy sat my dog for two weeks - which is also something she offered to do willingly and never once asked me to pay her back for. It’s like $1200 to fix this dent and I just need to know if I have a case to sue for
You can sue in small claims court. Check the court web site for the forms and process.
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The simple answer to your question is yes. You can sue her for property damage and maybe even get her insurance company to cover the damage depending on what her insurance policy contains. However, to sustain a claim for property damage, you will need to figure out two important parts of your claim. The first thing you must find out is called your burden of proof. In most states, the burden of proof on a property damage claims will likely be "by a preponderance of the evidence." Essentially that means more likely than not that she caused the damages. There could be a higher standard in your case so it is always beneficial to consult a local attorney. The second thing you will need to know is causation. You will need to show that she caused the damage and from the story you told, it may be a difficult case to make.
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