Am I liable if a tree on my property fell and damaged a neighbor's fence? 8 Answers as of October 12, 2017

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Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
Only if you were negligent in some way.
Answer Applies to: California
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Candiano Law Office | Charles J. Candiano
The short answer is yes. Turn it in to your homeowner's insurance. You will be responsible for the deductible.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
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OlsenDaines | Rex Daines
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
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Law Office of John G. Galasso | John George Galasso
Maybe; Check your homeowners policy it should be covered.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
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Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Yes.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
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    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    No, the neighbor's home owner's insurance will cover the cost to repair the fence.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
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    Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
    Generally, yes.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 10/12/2017
    Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
    The case law might be a little uncertain, but there is one case that says you are not liable for the damage if you could not reasonably know the tree would fall [normally, unless the leaves are all dead or there is obvious disease, you would not know] but you are responsible for the cost of removing that part of the tree on your neighbor's property. You should probably check to see if the fence is on their property or accidentally on your's. There also is an older case saying if leaves and bark from your tree fall onto a neighbor's property, you are liable for cleaning it up and perhaps the damage they cause.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/12/2017
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