It does not seem likely that anyone would benefit from a false claim of a termite infestation, but unfortunately some homeowners are duped into believing that their properties are affected by the invasive creatures. This happens when duplicitous termite inspectors claim that properties are invested and provide services that homeowners do not actually need. This problem happens in Alabama and all throughout the country.
There are several different ways that termite inspection fraud happens, but this post will only touch on two of them. Individuals who believe that they have been harmed by fraudulent termite inspectors are encouraged to learn more about their rights and options under the law. This post does not provide legal advice and attorneys who work in the termite litigation field can help them find the answers they need.
Types of termite inspector fraud
Fraud in any context happens when a person offers a false statement or omits a statement, that provides another person with wrong information. When the recipient of the bad information acts on the bad information to their detriment, fraud may have been committed. In the world of termite inspections, fraud can happen several ways.
- Planted evidence: Some bad inspectors bring evidence of termites with them to inspections. They then place that evidence in otherwise termite-free homes and show the owners of their alleged infestations. Homeowners may be defrauded into paying for services that they do not actually need.
- Non-termite damages: Other inspectors may discover damage to homes that is not caused by termites. In an effort to get money out of the homeowners, those inspectors may claim that the damage is actually termite-related. Homeowners again may end up paying for services that they do not require.
Termite inspector fraud is wrongful. Victims have the right to seek compensation from those who defrauded them.
Getting help with a termite inspection fraud claim
Building a claim based on alleged termite inspection fraud can be difficult. Evidence must be presented to show how and when fraudulent activity occurred. Victims must be able to demonstrate their losses and show how the actions of the bad inspectors harmed them. Doing this on one’s own is hard. Termite litigation attorneys can help victims work toward fair outcomes for their claims.