When a government condemns property without just compensation it can lead to an inverse condemnation action
Most people are familiar with the idea of the government taking private property for a public use through the eminent domain (or direct condemnation) process. And they may know that when property is taken by this process the result is supposed to be payment of just compensation to the property owner.
What is less well known is something called inverse condemnation, which describes the all-too-common situation where the government takes or damages a property but fails to pay adequate compensation to the property owner. It is a situation that requires legal action by the owner. Issues commonly associated with inverse condemnation include properties damaged by flooding, sewage, impairment of access, or noise from overflying aircraft.
Often, getting to an award in an inverse condemnation is a two-stage process: first establishing that there has been a “taking” (without adequate compensation) and then, separately, establishing the amount of the award. While the law has many clear and established features, inverse condemnation can be very hard for an individual or business to navigate and results can vary significantly. Experienced legal counsel and experts in property valuation are critical to the process. Furthermore, the process involves suing the government, which in itself is complicated. Picking an experienced attorney is critical – and wise. Sullivan, Workman & Dee, LLP has been dedicated to protecting private property rights and seeking greater compensation.
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