Originally Posted By: jnosworthy
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Who is to say an Inspector is not qualified to make this visual verification, and possibly swear to what condition he saw. If it lands in court you’ll state your qualifications, whatever they are, any you’ll either be accepted as an expert on the subject or not.
In this case the opposition is not likely to have an experienced inspector of their own try to persuade anybody no hazard actually exists. I think you would go unopposed. That’s why you have to be careful to look these litigation situations over carefully before signing on. You don’t have to accept the job once you get there if something has been mis-represented to you.
One of my favorites is helping ripped off home owners who just had a new roof put on. Licensed local reputable roofing contractor has an unlicensed subcontractor do the install, with zero quality control or oversight. Oooopps! somehow they “did not install the shingles in accordance with the written instructions printed on each and every bundle of shingles on the jobsite”. Therefore the manufacturer’s 30,40,50 year warranty is null and void. The owners want it made right or they don’t want to pay for it. Unfortunately it does happen. Got to stand up for the little guy every now and then.
When your report with photo’s is ready, call and advise that you’ll be stopping by to pick up your check for 950. or 1,950., you decide, and deliver the report at the same time. If they ask how much you charge if it goes to court, tell them $400 to $500/ per half day session. Chances are good it will settle at least the day before the second or third post-ponement, if it ever get’s that far.
just my two cents