Chicago Cargo Loss and Damage Claims Law Firm

Illinois Attorneys Representing Carrier Claims

Freight carriers are frequently blamed for cargo loss and damage claims, even if the loss or damage occurred through no fault of their own. The Chicago transportation law firm of Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon has more than 60 years of experience representing clients in the transportation, including shipping carriers, in connection with cargo loss and damage claims. If you are involved in cargo loss or damage dispute, contact the experienced Chicago cargo loss attorneys at Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon to schedule a consultation to begin defending any claims of liability against you.

Shippers often seek to recover for cargo loss or damage through compensation from the shipping carrier. There are certain exceptions to liability. A carrier is not liable to the shipper for cargo loss or damage claims under the following exceptions:

  • Acts of God
  • Inherent nature or vice of the goods
  • Acts of the shipper
  • Acts of the public enemy
  • Authority of law

Freight carriers may also be able to limit the amount of compensation owed to the shipper based on preemption principles. This complex legal doctrine allows freight carriers to limit the amount of damages recoverable in cargo loss or damage claims to the damages that are recoverable under the Carmack Amendment, namely actual losses or damage to the goods. Under the doctrine of preemption, a shipping carrier may be able to avoid certain state law claims that are frequently asserted by plaintiffs, such as punitive damages, negligence, intentional misrepresentation, bad faith, fraud, or violations of deceptive trade laws.

At Axelrod, Goodman, Steiner & Bazelon, our knowledgeable Illinois and Federal cargo claim attorneys are well-versed in the various legal defenses that may be asserted by shipping carriers in the event that they are subjected to a cargo loss or damage claim.

If you are a shipping carrier involved in a cargo loss or damage dispute, contact us at (312) 236-9375 to schedule a consultation with one of our Chicago cargo loss attorneys. Our Chicago transportation contract attorneys also work with shipping carriers to develop the appropriate transportation contracts and other business contracts in order to help minimize the risk of legal disputes, such as cargo loss and damage claims.