Thank you for your clarification.
To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment
," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state.ROOF
Your inspector holds the most liability, arguably. This is the reason why you retained them. They may be civilly liable for negligence
Here, this may be a cause for negligence
. To establish a cause of action in negligence, a plaintiff must prove the following three elements: (1) a duty of care owed by defendant to plaintiff (i.e. here for them to spot any issues for what they were hired to do); (2) breach of that duty by a negligent act or omission; and (3) damage proximately resulting from the breach of duty. E.g., Bishop v. South Carolina Dep't of Mental Health, 331 S.C. 79, 502 S.E.2d 78 (1998).
As for the seller themselves, they may or may not be liable for the roofing issue, depending on whether or not they knew (or should have known) of the issues in their non-disclosure. If they did not disclose and DID know or SHOULD HAVE, then they may also be liable. However, such cases are often questionable.HOSE
This is likely not actionable, as you has time to inspect the home and raise this as a matter before purchase.CANISTER
As for the canister issue, they may also be liable for NEGLIGENCE under the same theory, based on the fact that they had a common law duty to clearly mark the canister or at least warn you about it.
An attorney is recommended. May I recommend the SC Bar referral program - here
. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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