Terminix and Termite Damage Complaints in Maryland
Despite being one of the largest and most widely used pest control companies in the nation, Terminix sometimes fails to provide the services it promises to customers. Too many Maryland homeowners have misplaced their trust in termite and pest control companies to perform new home buyer Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) / Termite inspections, only to discover after purchasing their home that hidden termite infestations have made their new home structurally unsound and unfit for habitation. When Terminix and other termite inspection companies fail to conduct their inspection or extermination duties, the customer can lose thousands of dollars to property repairs. They may even lose their home altogether depending on the extent of the termite damage and the cost to repair it.
If your house or condominium was damaged by termites despite being inspected for or treated by Terminix or another termite inspection company, you could be entitled to compensation for termite damage repairs and more. However, Terminix will vigorously defend itself with insurance adjusters and attorneys who are trained to prevent the company from losing money. You need a legal advocate of your own so that your rights as a homeowner will be protected. Let the experienced Maryland termite damage attorneys at Whitney, LLP handle your Terminix termite damage complaint. We know how to maximize the value of a termite damage claim, and will never charge you any legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. For a free legal consultation, contact our law offices at (410) 583-8000 or use our Quick Contact Form.
Maryland Termite Attorneys Handling Terminix Termite Damage Claims
Termites are voracious feeders who live in massive colonies containing thousands of individual insects. When a huge population of hungry termites is present in your home or condominium, it is only a matter of time before devastating damage occurs.
Unfortunately, damaged baseboards and windowsills are merely the tip of the iceberg. By the time a homeowner begins to notice visible termite damage, such as sagging floorboards or uneven, paint-bubbled surfaces, profound structural damage may have already occurred. The homeowner may have to spend thousands of dollars just to restore the home to livable condition. In a worst-case scenario where a structure is beyond rehabilitation, the building may need to be reconstructed from the ground up.
Wood Destroying Insect / Termite inspection companies claim to specialize in detecting termites and termite damage, and are a homeowner’s first choice for pre-sale termite inspection and management. By claiming to specialize in these services, they are held to a standard of care for their performance of the same services. Unfortunately, there are many cases where a termite inspector is negligent in the performance of his or her job duties, or even commits an outright act of fraud, such as claiming to use a chemical or perform a service, such as an inspection of a crawlspace, that was not actually rendered. Whitney, LLP’s termite damage attorneys have handled cases that involve a termite inspector directly lying about the inspection they claimed to have performed.
If an employee of Terminix, or another Wood Destroying Insect / Termite inspection company, carelessly or deliberately failed to provide adequate termite treatment, or fails to conduct a home inspection properly, the company may be liable for the homeowner’s resulting financial losses for termite damage repair. A termite claim and termite damage repair attorney from Whitney, LLP can determine whether the termite inspection company may be liable for your losses, and pursue compensation accordingly.
Compensation for Termite Property Damage and Repairs
Like any large business, Terminix has a customer service department to assist with questions and complaints. Additionally, customers may file Terminix complaints with the Better Business Bureau and/or the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.
Unfortunately, these resources are of extremely limited use to homeowners who have sustained property damage. If a Terminix or Wood Destroying Insect / Termite customer wishes to recover compensation for termite-related property damage that resulted from fraud or negligence, simply contacting Terminix or filing a complaint online is almost always not sufficient to recover full compensation for homeowner termite damage claims. It may be necessary to bring an action against Terminix by filing a lawsuit with help from an attorney. Like all types of legal claims, involving an experienced attorney is usually the best course of action to recover maximum compensation for termite damage repairs, incidental costs and emotional distress.
Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to negotiate a settlement agreement without having to go to trial. A Terminix complaint lawyer from Whitney, LLP can help you understand your legal options after assessing your situation in detail during a free consultation.
If the company refuses to make a settlement offer, it may become necessary to go to court and file a termite damage lawsuit. If the plaintiff can prove that property damage resulted from Terminix’s actions – or in some cases, Terminix’s failure to take action – the jury may award compensation.
Compensation for expenses and losses is called “compensatory damages,” and may be recoverable in negligence cases. If the termite inspection company engaged in fraud, which involves deliberate misconduct, compensation called “punitive damages” may also be available. The amount of compensation varies from case to case and depends on the extent of the damage and the actions by the termite inspection company. Attorney’s fees may also be paid by the termite inspection company found at fault in some situations.
Contact Termite Damage Repair Lawyers for Terminix Complaints
If you lost money or valuable property because Terminix failed to perform a contractual service, you have a right to investigate the error, hold the company accountable, and pursue the full compensation to which you are entitled. The Terminix termite damage complaint attorneys of Whitney, LLP have extensive experience analyzing pest control company contracts, and know precisely what details to look for when assessing termite damage to a residence. We understand the complex regulations that govern Maryland’s pest control industry, and know when your rights as a consumer or homeowner have been violated. Most importantly, we know how to help you recover compensation to help you afford to make repairs to a termite damaged home.
If you were the victim of a negligent or fraudulent termite inspection, or if you suffered property damage due to negligent termite treatment or inspection, Whitney, LLP can fight to recover the compensation you deserve. We will work to negotiate a favorable settlement, and are prepared to litigate your case in court if doing so serves your best interests. With a track record of success, Whitney, LLP has earned a reputation for providing aggressive, effective legal representation in lawsuits and claims against pest and termite inspection companies.
To talk about your Terminix complaint in a free and confidential legal consultation, contact Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000 or use our Quick Contact form.
We handle termite damage claims and lawsuits throughout Maryland, including 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.