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Ohio will pay for pothole damage -- if it ignored the problem
Court of Claims will reimburse up to $10,000 to motorists

Jo Ingles
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With temperatures yo-yoing from 12 degrees today to the freezing mark Sunday to below zero Tuesday, potholes are sure to follow.

And if potholes on state highways damage cars, motorists can turn to the Ohio Court of Claims to try to recoup as much as to $10,000 of that damage.

Daniel Borchert is interim clerk with the court, and outlines the process that begins with a form on the court’s website.

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“The form has been developed so that the person doesn’t need an attorney to file the claim. It just asks the basic questions about what happened, when did it happen, where did it happen and what were your damages and then submit like a bill, an invoice or an estimate about the damage caused to your vehicle.

There’s a significant caveat, however. Borchert says the person filing the complaint must prove ODOT knew about the problem and did nothing about it within a reasonable amount of time. 


Listener Comments:

that's real nice the city has already talking about fixing cars damaged by potholes but I've been waiting since august 21,2013 for the city to pay for the window they knocked out of my truck weed whacking in the park next to my house don't believe them you'll wait forever

Posted by: anna (cleveland) on January 3, 2014 4:01AM
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