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Filing a claim for in cargo damage during transport

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2023 | Transportation Law |

For companies in the business of selling goods, the transportation of these goods from the seller to the buyer is critical. However, most goods do not immediately leave from production to the buyer. Oftentimes, storage is used, and large shipments are made to warehouses to store the goods. While this is a common business plan, it does not always go as planned.

In cargo damage

In essence, the goods shipped by a company is precious cargo. It is a source of revenue, and if it is lost or damaged, this could negatively impact the company. At Russell Mirkovich & Morrow, we understand the importance of timely addressing claims concerning your cargo. Thus, our law firm is prepared to use our extensive knowledge of complex transportation laws to ensure your interests and rights are protected.

When cargo is shipped, various mishaps could occur. The cargo could get lost, stolen or damaged and it could be delivered late or to the wrong place. Additionally, there could be disagreements when it comes to the final freight charge or the occurrence of a breach of contract or agreement.

Filing a claim

Certain federal laws apply to shippers and carriers that are involved in interstate shipments. The Carmack Amendment establishes the rights, responsibilities and liabilities of both parties in the event of lost or damaged cargo. For example, this amendment states that shippers must make a claim in writing to carriers within nine months of the incident of lost or damaged cargo.

If your company has suffered a loss due to lost or damaged cargo, it is important to understand your rights and what options you could take. Taking legal action for this or any other transportation law matter could help resolve the issue and assist with the recovery of damages for losses suffered.


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