Yes, you can claim compensation from an electrician. If you are unhappy with the service you received from the electrician, you can take it to court. Let me show you how.
Before settling on that electrician, you had probably done extensive research, and based on your findings, the electrician was best suited for you. However, things did not turn out as planned. The work was either substandard, the price hiked, or it could be the electrician failed to see the job to completion.
Instances when you can sue
If you signed a contract, any action that will affect the form of service delivery affects the terms of the agreement; hence, the electrician will be at fault for breaching the contract. Also, if the mistake is due to the electrician being fraudulent, that is enough reason to sue.
The electrician must ensure that the terms of service agreed to by the building owner will be delivered. In which case, if the contrary happens, he will be held accountable for a breach of contract. For instance, if a smoke alarm installation isn’t perfect, it can have dire consequences.
If an electrician misrepresents the fact about the true nature of the quality of materials he used, it amounts to fraud.
What happens when you sue?
You can sue in a small claims court or a civil court. If you choose the former, you will have to gather all the necessary information about the electrician and the work you hired him to do. First, you must be aware of the legal names of the electrician. Ensure that the contract you both signed has the work information outlined. Additional information such as receipts, invoices, and canceled checks are also vital.
It is vital to know the business name of the electrician. Also, ensure you know if the small claim court can offer the damages you want. After obtaining the small claims court paperwork and filling it, the electrician will receive a summons. Make sure to attend hearings because if you default, it will amount to your case’s dismissal.
You can opt for civil court in the instance where you are want to make the electrician perform a specific action stipulated in the contract, e.g., a failure to inspect the site after work. Here you will need the help of an attorney. Your attorney will draft a complaint, file it, and after that, the discovery and disposition stage will begin, after which you will proceed to trial.
However, you can opt for settlement or alternative dispute resolution. The former happens before trial if the electrician admits he is at fault and agrees to settle the matter. The latter occurs when the case has proceeded to trial. At any given point during the trial, the parties might opt for alternative dispute resolution and settle their dispute out of court. Settlements are way convenient.
To wrap it up
Proper knowledge of your electrician is critical to avoid legal claims because they are time consuming and exhausting.