What are my legal rights regarding damage done to my property by my neighbor’s repairman?

I own a home and about a month a ago my neighbor needed some work done to her sewer line. The man that was going to do it knocked on my door. He told me that they wanted to run her sewer line to the road and it ran under my drive way and if he could dig and put the

pipes down. He said it was a easy job and he would put everything back properly and nicely. I was hesitant but I allowed him to do it. The first day he cut my cable line and I had to get them to come out and fix it. The cable man said he should call before he dig. It took him weeks to finish. Now my yard is not even with dirt, I have water in the yard when it rains and he uprooted a few hedges without permission and didn’t replace them. My next door neighbor never came to discuss the work only the man. I went over to ask for his number and she said she would give it to me when she got back from work but never did. What legal actions can I take to get my yard back the way it was?

Asked on March 16, 2017 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the plumber and his employer for negligence.  Negligence is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable plumber would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).
Your damages (monetary compensation  you are seeking in your lawsuit) would be the cost of restoration of your property.


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