When you take your vehicle in for work at an auto shop, you should be able to reasonably expect the technicians to get your vehicle into good working condition and to make all repairs properly and safely. If, however, your vehicle was negligently repaired, the auto shop (or the individual technician, depending on employment structure) could be liable for any damages that result from this negligence.
While a shop might attempt to use disclaimers saying the shop is not liable for vehicle damage resulting from poorly done repairs, these disclaimers are typically not binding.
Some examples of negligent repairs might include:
- Failure to diagnose the correct problem with the vehicle
- Failure to complete the necessary repairs for a specific vehicle problem
- Illegally modifying certain parts of the vehicle
- Performing incorrect or unnecessary repairs or other vehicle procedures
- Damaging other parts of the vehicle while performing repairs
- Installing the wrong replacement part for the vehicle
- Leaving behind foreign objects or debris inside the vehicle’s systems
Success in an injury claim against a repair shop hinges on your ability to prove its liability, just as you must do in any other type of personal injury claim. You must demonstrate the auto shop owed a duty of care (implied when you become a customer), that the shop or mechanic did not fulfill that duty due to their negligent or careless actions, and that you suffered damage or losses as a direct result of that negligence.
To learn more about your legal options against a negligent repair shop, contact an experienced Sarasota, FL auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.