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Attorney for a Termite Inspection Lawsuit in Maryland

Pest inspection companies like PestNow, Orkin and Terminix pledge to thoroughly check your home for termites, giving you peace of mind that your property is in sound condition. However, pest control companies do not always follow through on their promises to customers. We have multiple cases of Maryland homeowners filing lawsuits against termite inspection companies after home inspectors failed to detect an infestation, leading the homeowner to sustain serious financial losses from repairing undetected termite damage.

If your house or condominium was damaged by termites after a pest inspection company failed to detect an infestation, you could be entitled to financial compensation. The Baltimore law firm of Whitney, LLP represents Maryland homeowners whose properties sustained severe termite damage from major infestations. We can help you file a lawsuit against PestNow, Orkin, Terminix, or other termite inspection companies that failed to perform their duties properly. To discuss your legal options concerning a termite damage claim, call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 for a free consultation.

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Termite attorney Daniel Whitney, Jr. in 2017 inspecting a 100+ year old crawlspace for termites. In this case, the termite inspection company did not go into the crawl space, and missed the evidence of termite infestation that we found.

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The 21-inch tall opening to a 4 foot crawl space under a house built in the 1800s. Yes, the termite attorneys at Whitney, LLP perform our own termite inspections along with our termite experts.

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Termite damage and prior treatments in the crawlspace that the termite inspection company did not see because they did not go into the crawlspace. We did.

Suing Termite Inspection Companies for Severe Property Damage

Businesses, including pest control companies, have what is known as a “duty of care” to their customers. Companies like PestNow, Orkin and Terminix are obligated to comply with industry regulations and fulfill their contractual duties. Pest control contracts must establish clear terms that are not misleading or deceptive to the consumer. If a pest control company breaks its contract and defrauds a homeowner or acts with negligence, the homeowner may have a cause or action, or cause for filing a lawsuit against the company. The Maryland termite attorneys of Whitney, LLP can determine whether you have a case against PestNow, Terminix, Orkin, or the pest inspection company you hired to examine your house.

The process of filing a lawsuit against a pest inspection company begins by filing a document called a “Complaint,” which summarizes the case and describes the plaintiff’s demands for compensation. After being notified of the Complaint, the defendant will file a response called an “Answer”. Throughout the process, we will advise you of and protect your legal rights, handle all documentation, obtain all relevant records from the termite inspection company and prior owner, if necessary, and present evidence as to why the pest inspection company should be held liable for damage to your home or condominium. As part of Whitney, LLP’s representation in termite claims and lawsuits, we obtain expert opinions from other pest control professionals, gather extensive visual documentation of the damage to your home, and examine the company’s contracts and records to determine when and how the inspection errors occurred.

We approach each case knowing that pest inspection company contracts often contain clauses that are intended to limit liability in the event of damage to a homeowner’s property, even if the damage is extreme. The termite damage lawyers of Whitney, LLP have overcome these limitations in order to secure fair compensation for our clients. Even if you are concerned that the contract you signed prevents you from suing, we urge you to consult with us regarding your legal options.

If the company was negligent or careless when inspecting your property for termite infestation, you may be entitled to compensatory damages, meaning compensation for out-of-pocket losses and anticipated losses – for example, expenses associated with home repairs, property destruction and the cost of termite remediation. If the company committed fraud, such as knowingly making false statements about which services were rendered, we may also be able to recover punitive damages. The amount of compensation is different in each settlement or jury verdict.

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This termite damage had been hidden behind a plastic piece. The termite inspector “missed” this obvious infestation. This is an example of a negligent termite inspection.

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The termite inspection company did not examine the plastic piece that had replaced the trim. It was covering termite damage.

Maryland Lawyers Handling Termite Inspection Damages Lawsuits

By the time a homeowner begins to see visible signs of infestation, the damage is often extensive, and in some cases, may place the occupants of the house in danger due to structural damage. When a pest inspection company fails to perform its duties in a reasonable and careful manner, extreme termite damage can completely destroy the home that you and your family worked so hard to make your own. Not only does this burden the family with massive financial hardship, it also creates intense anxiety and emotional distress as the victims try to cope with their living situation.

Homeowners have a right to be notified of the presence of termites in residential properties. If an employee from a pest inspection company failed to detect termites within your property, you have a right to pursue compensation for the losses you sustained as a result.

Confusing contractual language can make it difficult for homeowners to know when termite inspectors are liable for damages, and lawyers for pest control companies work to prevent termite damage victims from obtaining compensation. It is not in your best interests to confront these legal challenges on your own. Get aggressive, experienced, results-driven representation from Whitney, LLP’s termite property damage attorneys with a track record of success in the courtroom.

Whitney, LLP handles termite damage claims and lawsuits throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Annapolis, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Hyattsville, Frederick, and more. For a free legal consultation about getting compensation for termite-related property damage, contact our law offices at (410) 583-8000 today or use our Quick Contact Form.

 

Termite inspection damage and wood destroying insect claims and lawsuit attorneys for Allegany County, Carroll County, Harford County, St. Mary’s County, Anne Arundel County, Cecil County, Howard County, Somerset County, Baltimore City, Charles County, Kent County, Talbot County, Baltimore County, Dorchester County, Montgomery County, Washington County, Calvert County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, Wicomico County, Caroline County, Garrett County, Queen Anne’s County and Worcester County.

 

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