CREDIT DAMAGE EXPERT WITNESSES – COMPENSABLE DAMAGES
January 19, 2011 1 Comment
It used to be that credit damage was not a compensable injury. The victims of identity theft or fraud could not recover financially for any damage that was not a tangible good or service. Thanks to the relatively new procedure of Credit Damage Measurement (CDM) and the expertise of many Credit Damage Experts, getting compensated for intangible losses is now possible.
In an article titled, “Credit Damage: Getting Compensated for Your Loss,” Credit Damage Expert, Georg Finder writes that, “ The impact of a bad credit rating is much more significant than most people think. Consider what poorly rated consumers face when they want to lease or buy vehicles, obtain credit cards, buy or lease or refinance their residence. In most cases, it’s an easy decision for the creditor: the credit application is simply turned down or the borrower is charged a much higher down payment – maybe thousands of dollars more with monthly payments that are typically several hundred dollars more.”
Tom Key, a civil litigator practicing in Tustin, CA is also mentioned in Finder’s article. He explains that the CDM can help by measuring the actual out-of-pocket dollars reasonably expected from loss of creditworthiness, which includes higher down payments, higher points and costs on loans, higher interest rates, higher monthly payments, or outright denial of credit. In addition, Keys says that the CDM method also calculates the rates, costs and other terms applicable to the resulting credit rating by lenders and projects the results over the relevant number of years for the types of loans the client is likely to seek.
For those who have suffered from identity theft or fraud that has left them with little or no credit, all is not lost. With the help of a good Credit Damage Expert, civil litigator and the CDM procedure, recovery is not only possible, but likely.