A termite inspection may send you reeling. When you discover undisclosed damage, you may wind up before a judge to get compensated for the cost of fixing it.
You may not realize the strain this termite encounter has caused until it comes time to take the at-fault party to court. You may have more than one way to recover financial compensation if the judge agrees with your case.
What are the actual financial damages?
The structural damage to your home is your priority when you file a suit. Whether that is the prior owner or the company who did the shoddy work, the costs of fixing the issue may have put you out of pocket. The substantiated financial loss you experienced is at the heart of a lawsuit. If the court grants you financial compensation, it will likely first come in the form of the actual money lost as a result of the damage.
Are you eligible for non-structural damage recovery?
Dealing with termite damage to your home is a stressful time in your life. You want to get it fixed with as little out-of-pocket as possible, but as the damage assessed increases, so does the frustration. The emotional toll that the termite remediation process takes may prove substantial.
When you file a lawsuit, you may ask the judge to consider the hit your mental health took due to the infestation. Financial compensation for this falls under the pain and suffering portion of any damage award you may receive. While you do not have to provide concrete evidence, you may present any medical bills substantiating your mental and emotional state during this time.
A judge may award you money for more than your financial losses, but you may want to consult with an attorney to find out the scope of financial awards available.