Lawsuit Against Building Inspector

 I live in a small town in East Tennessee.  I just had an addition put on my house.  The building inspector from my town came and approved the work done on the house, including the electrical work.  Two days later the entire house burned.  The cause of the fire was improper wiring work on the new addition.  Can I sue the building inspector for failing to discover the bad wiring job?

No.  Under Tennessee law a local government cannot be sued for negligent inspection.  Thus, even if you could show that the building inspector did a bad job, neither the inspector nor his employer can be sued.

You may have a claim against the electrical contractor and perhaps even the general contractor.  An experienced trial lawyer can help you investigate this claim and determine what rights, if any, you have.

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