Liability for Land Surveyors

by Edward B. Howell,

Serial Information: Journal of the Surveying and Mapping Division, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 2, Pg. 83-92

Document Type: Journal Paper


Land surveyors must be constantly aware that a clear understanding of their legal responsibilities has a direct bearing on their professional status. Their ability to purchase Professional Liability insurance rests on maintaining a low frequency of claims alleging professional negligence. They should have a consciousness of the criteria society will use in judging their professional competence, how damages will be assessed for professional failure, and the role their fellow practitioner may take as an expert witness in allegations made against them. In no event should a land surveyor expand his responsibilities by issuing guarantees or warranties of performance. Good business practice dictates that he make increased effort to lessen his professional liability burden by improving communications. Also, he must make an effort to avoid any act which might demean his professional image. Uplifting technical and business procedures, and recognizing the importance of his professional conduct will aid him in maintaining his professional liability insurability.

Subject Headings: Land surveys | Liability | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Legal affairs | Professional development | Insurance | Claims | Failure analysis

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