Damage is a necessary element of a lawsuit. You can have a great story, great facts, and great law, but if you don't have damages you don't have a case. A recent Minnesota Court of Appeals opinion exemplifies that point better than any story I could tell.
In a nutshell; an electrician was alleged to have negligently performed wiring work at a commercial space. The space burned to the ground. The case went all the way through trial, where Plaintiff's claim was dismissed for failure to adduce a proper measurement of damages. It is unknown if the electrician was even wrong; it didn't matter. The trial judge determined that even if electrician was negligent, Plaintiff failed to carry its burden of proving damages.
In the case of real estate damage for the above type of case, the measurement of damages is the difference in the value of the property or the cost to replace the damaged property. If the Plaintiff in the case above would have had a proper measurement of damages (and a proper expert) then at least the case should get to the jury and you have a chance.
Litigation is extremely difficult and perilous. I have litigated in Hennepin, Washington, Ramsey, Anoka, Chisago, Olmstead, and several other Minnesota counties. I have litigated in Federal court. I have represented parties in transactions in Hugo, Chisago City, St. Paul, Wayzata and many other municipalities. If you have legal or real estate issues, I think I can help.
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