Last year, MAJ member Kassem Dakhlallah, a senior partner at the AT Law Group, PLLC in Dearborn, wrote a great article about your rights when it comes to a sewer backup. Most likely your homeowners insurance won’t cover it so it is important to know what your options are.
In order to receive compensation for a sewage disposal system event, a claimant must notify the governmental agency of a claim of damage, in writing within, 45 days after the date the damage was discovered, or in the exercise of reasonable diligence should have been discovered. However, a claimant’s failure to comply with the notice requirements does not bar the claimant from bringing a civil action against a governmental agency whose contacting agency was notified orally or in writing of an event before providing the requisite notice of a claim if the claimant can show that: (1) the claimant notified the contacting agency during the 45-day notice period; and (2) the claimant’s failure to comply with the notice requirements resulted from the contacting agency’s failure to comply with its duties to provide information regarding the notice requirements.
View the entire article at The Arab American News.