Not only is construction one of the most dangerous fields to work in, it is one in which mistakes can easily prove fatal—if not immediately, then years down the road. For instance, multitudes of people may be injured if a construction defect exists in a residential or commercial property, from homes to condos or other large residential rental buildings. Even in an event in which injury does not occur, a construction defect can result in decreased property value or, worse, forced evacuation.
If you or someone you love has been affected by a construction defect, reach out to our Florida construction accident lawyers at Schlesinger Law Offices, P.A. for help. The law grants you the right to seek compensation for damages you have incurred due to another’s negligence, and we have the experience necessary to represent you in and out of court. Our goal is to help you move forward and obtain the financial support you need as quickly as possible.
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What Is a Construction Defect?
Just like any other industry, the construction industry is prone to putting profit over safety. For instance, when a project must be finished by a specific deadline or is under budget constraints, things may be rushed and corners may be cut. This can easily lead to a range of construction defects.
For Easy Reference, the Court Groups Construction Defects Into Four Primary Categories:
- Design deficiencies, which occur when an architect or engineer fails to design buildings and/or systems up to code. An example of this is a roof with poor structural integrity or support, leaving it prone to collapse.
- Material deficiencies, which occur when materials are cheap or defective regardless of whether they were installed properly. Cheap drywall, particle board, or roofing shingles are a few examples.
- Construction deficiencies, which occur when deficiencies (like cracks in walls, electrical issues, or structural issues) are rooted in poor workmanship on the part of construction workers and/or contractors.
- Subsurface deficiencies, which occur when the building does not have a solid foundation because of the terrain underneath. Take, for example, a foundation that does not allow for adequate drainage. Flooding, shifting, and mold are only a handful of problems that may arise as a result.
Since a construction defect is when a deficiency exists in the planning, design, supervision, inspection, or act of constructing a building, it may seem difficult to identify the exact defect that applies to your case. Thankfully, our attorneys are skilled in investigating and identifying construction defects throughout Fort Lauderdale, FL. We also accept cases in which a building was constructed properly but deteriorated over time due to a lack of care on the part of the property owner or city.
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