Do you think I should sue the car shop who did my car brakes prior to our trip?

We had our car’s brakes checked with this shop and they did some works to fix the noise. After 2 days (first time we use the car coming out from the shop) we went on a trip. On our way brakes broke down on the freeway, almost had an accident but good driver save us. Had it towed back home. Contacted the shop owner said his willing to pay towing service if it has something to do with his work. We had a terrible time going back home since it was a sunday and we could not find a rental car that was open on sunday. Got a friend to take us home. Please advise. Thank you.

Asked on June 15, 2009 under Accident Law, California

Answers:

J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I think you should contact a local attorney who specializes in this type of law. Explain the specifics to him than decide how to proceed. What you need to do is first determine if it was the shops work that caused the problem. Than see what you actually spent as a result and what your inconvenience was as a result. If the shop owner is willing to make good on the situation I would say let him and drop it but that's obviously your decision. You will have to be able to show damages in order to maintain a valid cause of action. The damages could be the new repair costs but if he will cover them than they are no longer damages

Other damages are your inconveneince but if it was simply the hassle of getting home I don't know if that would justify a lawsuit the costs and time expended etc. But without all the facts I dont want to persuade you one way or the other and suggest you at least meet with a local attorney about what if anything they think they can do for you


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.