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What to know about construction defects

| Jan 29, 2021 | Construction Law |

Building development makes Florida a state where new construction and remodeling occur frequently. Unfortunately, not all projects turn out as expected. Discovering defects may put the building’s owner in a difficult position and lead to monetary losses. What common defects appear as reasons for project disasters?

Construction defects in many forms

Construction defects do not refer to finished projects that might not fit the client’s idea of aesthetic perfection. A defect involves a flaw that causes structural failure and damages to the client. For instance, if the foundation presents cracks and other problems, the property could be unsafe. Massive repairs to the foundation may cause the property owner severe financial losses.

Construction defects may take several different forms. Design flaws and low-quality building materials can lead to major issues. Minor issues such as cosmetic ones that require equally minor fixes might not be too problematic. Serious problems that reflect the contractor’s disregard for best building practices are the most likely to be the subject of a court case.

What if the building fails inspection or ends up condemned? The client’s losses could be severe. Thankfully, the client does have legal options available.

Addressing construction defects

A client may find that legal actions are necessary to recover losses from construction defects. The client might file a breach of contract or another civil suit, depending on the circumstances. The property owner might refuse to make additional payments due to the unsatisfactory results.

In some instances, the defect might not reveal itself until a long time after the project’s completion. The passage of time may add unavoidable complexities to an already complex form of litigation. An experienced construction defects attorney could navigate these complexities during legal proceedings.

Liabilities from construction defects may lead to a complicated civil suit. A civil judgment or insurance settlement might help a client recover losses.

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Dana Watts is a board certified civil trial lawyer by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization with more than 30 years of litigation experience. He also received an AV* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

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