My question involves small claims court in the state of: MD
The Defendant filed his intent to defend in my small claims case. his statement was basically: all my claims are BS, "Expert Testimony" will be provided. What does expert testimony mean?
My case is about water damage to my house, from when the defendant was rehabbing the townhouse adjoining mine. once he tore his building down, water began to pour down the inside of my walls. Unfortunately for me, the housing authority inspector who originally looked at the issue,(also whom i was planning to get a statement from/have as my witness) and found the defendant at fault apparently had no jurisdiction/expertise/whatever, and didn't follow up with anything. His boss also stated his inspector will not provide an affidavit saying what he told me when this happened, which was: Defendant has to repair the damage to my home, or go to court. I was thinking about subpoenaing(sp?) the inspector, but i'm wondering if that is a good idea. A) he clearly doesn't want to show up to court, he might just perjure himself and say he never said that, or just provide crap testimony. and B) if he really had no cause to say the defendant was at fault, will he get ripped a new one in court, and thus hurt my case?
i have some pretty damning (i think) pictures, and the timing of the damage fits, but that is about all i have to go on. Also the defendant made efforts to repair the damage (he just did a terrible job, hence me suing to get the money to pay someone else to fix) but i'm not sure if that is anything like admitting guilt. I'm concerned this "expert witness" will just spew a load of technical nonsense, and i wont know how to refute it.