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Torts and the Surveyor

Patrick C. Garner, PLS

A surveyor has a duty to the client and to the public at large. When that duty is breached, a legal remedy called a tort may be filed against the surveyor. Note that a tort is defined as a "civil wrong," and is not simply negligence. Surveyors guilty of a tort may be sued for something as simple as cutting a tree limb or as complex as a re-establishment of a 150-year-old boundary. Surveyors, like all professionals, have liability for their errors. This course will explain torts, what to do if you are sued, and how to reduce your professional liability.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

* If you are a registered professional land surveyor in Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas or Vermont, you need to take the approved courses for that specific state under the course category "Surveying & Mapping".

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