Corvallis, OR asked in Consumer Law and Small Claims for Oregon

Q: Storage business said they have 24hour video surveillance they don't we were broke into and lost big

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Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Portland, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: You may want to review your agreement with the storage company before filing a lawsuit. It may well limit their liability and/or advise (require?) you to have insurance on the storage bin contents. It may also matter how/what they promised regarding video surveillance and what happened (did it not exist or did it exist but was not working?). Plus I don't know how you intend to prove that it would not have happened if there had been video. Maybe the perpetrator would not have been identifiable on video; even if he/she was, the most having the video would likely do would be aid the police in arresting them - with no guarantee you would get your property back. And if having a video would not guarantee you would not have lost your property, why would a Judge hold the storage company liable for your loss that may well have occurred anyway, especially if you were advised to get insurance to protect yourself against this exact theft risk and elected not to?

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