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Well, I live in Washington state, and I recently sent an Express International letter to Turkey for $ 29.75. Apparently the letter arrived in Turkey complete wet, drowned in water, and now it’s ruined. I did not buy any insurance or anything like that…because I don’t usually expect this from the Post Office. I think of them as reliable, like should I buy insurance and send every bill priority mail (you get what I mean?). Anyways, the content was a very important document that cost $ 128 to get, and we had to drive down all the way to Cali from Washington, stay a day in a hotel. So, the total cost was probably $ 500. Any chance of winning if we sue or are they protected?

7 Thoughts on Can I sue the U.S. Post Office?
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    October 15, 2011 at 12:16 am

    you can try, but you have to be able to prove your damages…

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    October 15, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Your difficulty would come in proving that the US Postal Service damaged the letter and not the Turkish Postal System. So you would never win. Next time send it UPS

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    October 15, 2011 at 2:02 am

    You had the opportunity to purchase insurance. You said no. At that moment, you made the decision that it wasn’t important enough to protect.

    So, the person to blame is in the mirror.

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    Tracey Seth
    October 15, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Probably not.

    That’s why you can buy the insurance. If the documents were so valuable, you had that option.

    Sucks to be you.

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    Randy B
    October 15, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Sure, you can sue if you can prove that the USPS did the damage. If it was wet though I would look at the Turkish system as the ones being at fault though….or it could have sat in the mail box on the other end and got wet.

    As in most cases….you can sue. But the question is…would you have a chance and in this case I don’t think so.

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    October 15, 2011 at 3:16 am

    If it was so expensive and difficult to get why wouldn’t you spend the money to insure it? Bad move buddy…now you’re out $ 500.

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    October 15, 2011 at 3:59 am

    No, because damages must be foreseeable. (See the famous case of Hadley v. Baxendale). If the Post Office knew it would cost $ 500 if the package was sent late or was damaged, then they probably would never have agreed to mail your document for only a couple bucks. Realistically think about it. If someone hired you to be a courier and only paid you a couple bucks to deliver diamonds or something that if you knew if it was damaged, you would be on the line for more than $ 500 would you still want to be responsible when you are only being compensated with a few bucks? No, you would want a lot more for all that responsibility. Mail is lost and damaged all the time. They have cheap standard rates and if you want additional assurances or if it was that valuable to you… well, then that’s why there is the option for insurance.

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