A construction defect is a problem that can affect your home, business or other type of structure you own. These issues are often initially unseen, which means you may not know there is a problem until weeks or months after occupancy. More than just an inconvenience to you, construction defects can threaten your safety as well as your finances and other areas of your personal or professional life.
It may be beneficial for you to understand what you can do to fight back if you are the victim of construction defects. You may want to know what you can do next and how you can secure appropriate compensation for your financial losses. You have the right to protect your interests and fight for a beneficial outcome to your current legal concerns.
What's the cause?
You may wonder how construction defects can even happen – after all, how can a construction company or contractor make such egregious mistake that it affects your safety, property value or how you can use your property? Defects can include things like improper finishes, bad wiring, moisture problems, water leaks and much more. Some of the reasons these things happen include the following:
- Poor selection of the construction site
- Failure to properly analyze the soil and site quality
- Use of defective building materials
- Problems with the structural or electrical engineering
- Issues with the construction process
A new construction project is a significant financial investment. You may feel unsure of what to do next, but there could be some legal options available to you. It may be possible to recover certain types of damages through a civil claim. For example, it may be possible to recover losses associated with diminished value or the cost of repairing the defect.
There are typically time limits with construction defect claims. You will find it beneficial to take action as soon as you realize there could be a problem with your construction project.
Your bottom line
Your financial interests are on the line when there is a problem with a construction project. If there is a significant issue that will cost you time and money to address, you could have valid grounds to move forward with a civil claim.
If you are unsure of where to begin, you may want to speak with an experienced Florida attorney about your legal options and what you can do to resolve construction defect concerns.