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Property Offenses

Philadelphia Property Damage Lawyers

Property Offenses

Philadelphia Property Damage Lawyers

Intentional Damage

Intentional damage to your property has different consequences than accidents. Intentional damage includes acts of vandalism. In cases of intentional damage, the action is criminal. You need to contact the police. They will file a report and complete an investigation into the issue.

After calling the police, it is a good idea to contact legal representation. The police may not find who caused your property damage. Likewise, the damage may result from a few rowdy teenagers who drank too much while away for Senior Week. In this instance, you may be able to collect money from the teenagers and their parents for the damage to your property. Seek legal advice before contacting families and demanding money.

Unintentional Damage

Sometimes, property damage is not the result of intentional acts. Too often, a natural disaster or an Act of God will cause serious damage to your property. Your property includes your cars and another physical property you own. You are not required by Pennsylvania law to insure certain pieces of personal property, but it is advisable in order to mitigate financial loss.

Some personal property may need property insurance by order of the bank. If your home or other property is under a mortgage, the bank may require insurance to cover their financial interest in the property.

After the Damage

Certain instances of property damage may not involve the insurance companies. Sometimes, it is a matter of seeking legal counsel to file a cease and desist letter. For instance, neighbors often cause property damage along property lines. To avoid further damage, it may be necessary to take legal action that does not necessarily involve the insurance company.

Other times, the insurance company involves themselves heavily in the process. When dealing with the insurance company, it is equally as necessary to seek legal counsel. In fact, insurance companies have more legal weight. Independent legal representation is more important here.

After obtaining legal representation, your next step is to take pictures of your property damage. Your property damage attorney may even require your to preserve further evidence for an impending legal action.

The Insurance Company

Your next step is to file an insurance claim. Make sure to file your property damage claim with the appropriate insurance company. For instance, if your car malfunctioned and slammed into your home, you need to contact the right insurance company. Your legal counsel will guide you to the right insurance company.

Once the insurance company completes their internal process, you will either receive an offer for payment or an outright denial. You do not have to settle for either of these options. You have legal options beyond taking the insurance company on their word. Contact legal advice first before agreeing or denying any insurance benefits.

If anyone is bullying you into accepting a payment, cease contact with the representative and call your property damage lawyer immediately. Even if the offer comes from your neighbor and not an insurance, you do not have to accept it.

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