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Is your company facing a construction defect lawsuit?

Owning a construction company may have been a dream of yours for some time. Whether you work on small projects or large ones, you always strive to do your best and make sure that your crew and others involved do their best as well. Of course, your best and your company's best may not always satisfy every client or customer.

In some instances, your company could face claims of construction defects. When this happens, a disgruntled client or customer may make serious claims and attempt to hold your company liable for any damages allegedly resulting from your company's work.

Construction defects

When a claim regarding a construction defect is brought against your company, a person or entity could claim that any of the following examples led to serious damages:

  • Poor workmanship
  • Soil problems leading to foundation issues
  • Errors made by the architect or design team
  • Use of shoddy materials

Of course, you likely know that your company would never use less-than-quality materials or skip corners in any way. Still, you may have to contend with such claims and a disgruntled client or customer could even choose to file a lawsuit against your company.

Legal claims

If a lawsuit does come against your company for a construction defect, the plaintiff could try to utilize any of the following arguments:

  • Negligence, meaning that your company did not adhere to a duty of care when constructing the project
  • Strict liability, meaning that your company is liable for an alleged defect even if negligence was not involved
  • Breach of contact, meaning that your company did not adhere to the terms of the contract by failing to build the project to agreed-upon specifications

Of course, in order for a claim to come against your company, the claimant must have legal standing to file a lawsuit. For example, if someone tries to make a claim of breach of contract, that person would have to have been directly involved in the contract.

Defending your company

While you do your best to provide quality work in efforts to avoid situations like this, you may not have the ability to keep your company from bearing any negative claims. Fortunately, even if claims do result, you can defend against the allegations. Working with your Florida legal counsel can help ensure that you understand your best options and determine strategies to keep your company's interests intact.

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