Is a company responsible for payment of bill due to damaged that it caused?

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Is a company responsible for payment of bill due to damaged that it caused?

I hired a handscaper to install an underground downspout. In doing so, they cut my internet line. My service provider came out and reinstalled a buried line so I could regain service. Since, I received a bill from them to cover the cost of the the work. I sent the bill to my landscaper but they’re saying they will only pay half. Who is responsible for payment?

Asked on August 9, 2018 under Business Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If they damaged it, they are legally liable or responsible for it: any time someone intentionally or negligently (carelessly) damages another's property, they are responsible for the cost to repair or replace what they damaged. However, your problem is that the contract with the intenet company is between YOU and the company--not your landscapper and the internet company. Therefore, the internet company will look to you for payment and you have to in turn seek reimbursement from the landscapper. If they will not pay, you'd have to sue them for the money. You need to decide whether the extra half of the cost is worth the time, cost, and effort of a lawsuit, even a small claims case.


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