In order to pursue a claim against an appraiser, just like a claim against any other professional, the claimant generally must prove four elements:
- Duty – The appraiser owed a legal duty to the claimant.
- Breach of the Standard of Care – the appraiser violated (fell below) the standards applicable to appraisers in the community.
- Causation – As a result of the appraiser’s breach of the standard of care, the claimant suffered damages.
- Damages – The damages suffered by the claimant are reasonably ascertainable/quantifiable.
Please read our detailed articles regarding each of these elements for more information. To read about cases involving appraiser negligence, visit Kuehn v. Stanley, Hoffman v. Greenberg, and Sage v. Blagg Appraisal Co.