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Lawsuits over construction defects

On Behalf of | Aug 22, 2022 | Construction Defects

When someone hires a contractor to build a new home, they do so with a reasonable expectation of quality. Construction defects might lead to costly repairs and concerns about the property’s safety. Certain defects may lead to a California property becoming condemned. Not surprisingly, a client who discovers construction defects could seek compensation to cover expenses and losses associated with the flawed work.

Construction defects on a property

Construction defects could take numerous forms, with design problems common. When the designers make mistakes drawing up plans and blueprints, the errors might carry over into the building process. After construction ends, the structure could be weak or suffer from other problems associated with the poor design.

Even well-crafted building plans mean little when poor workmanship goes into the building. Everything from leaky roofs to serious fire hazards might manifest when low-quality work undermines a home’s construction.

Unfortunately, not all defects are visible. A new home or building might suffer from latent defects no one sees until the problems become impossible to overlook. Years could pass before someone uncovers hidden flaws or problems.

Legal action over defects

Clients who discover construction mistakes could take legal action. Clients likely did not sign agreements with construction companies to purchase newly built properties filled with defects requiring costly repair. So, the clients might sue over the unacceptable work performed.

Homeowners could sue a seller over problems with a property. The new buyers might have a case if the seller did not disclose defects.

Lawsuits against contractors could involve personal injury claims if someone gets hurt. Yet, despite possible legal jeopardies, a contractor could cut corners and deliver unacceptable work. Personal injury judgments might be significant, adding to any awards compensating the litigant for construction-related costs.