Property Owner Not Entitled to Damages for Both Repair Costs and Diminution in Value

Plaintiffs Jungers sued Defendant Webster for damages allegedly caused by the negligent installation of a transformer in the Jungers’ home. Webster paid for the damage to be repaired. At the time of the alleged damage, the Jungers were in the process of selling their home under contract for deed, but the buyers backed out. The Jungers sought damages from Webster because of the lost sale. The court decided that the Jungers were barred from recovering the additional damages they sought. The Jungers were not entitled to seek additional damages either in the form of diminution of fair market value or for the loss of the benefit of bargain from the contract for deed.

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